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Cracker Life p31 Cruising along wide interstates, touring the state’s tourist attractions and shopping in air-conditioned malls, it’s easy to forget that Florida was once a rugged, dangerous, unexplored territory. BY CYNTHIA MCFARLAND
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An “Unspoiled” Walk p50 Playing the same golf course week after week can get boring. Whether you are a scratch golfer or a weekend hacker, a golf getaway can bring the excitement back to your game. BY MARY ANN DESANTIS
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The Buzz p15 The real people, places and events that shape our community. BY AUBREY BOOTH, KEVIN CHRISTIAN, MACKENSIE GIBSON, BONNIE KRETCHIK AND STEVEN G. ROGER
Exploring Ocala’s parks and mail by the numbers. BENCHMARKS p20
Avoiding a canvassing board catastrophe. GOINGPLACES p24
Artsy travels with Trips ‘N’ Tours.
The Pulse p63 Ideas to keep you fit and healthy all year long.
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The Dish p77 Our best recipes, restaurant news and culinary quick bites. BY AMANDA FURRER, MACKENSIE GIBSON, BONNIE KRETCHIK AND CYNTHIA MCFARLAND
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The Scene p89 Your guide to what’s happening in and around Ocala. BY AUBREY BOOTH, MACKENSIE GIBSON AND BONNIE KRETCHIK
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fter a long, humid summer, there’s nothing sweeter than waking up to a morning filled with crisp fall air. It’s the perfect time to enjoy natural Florida. That’s why, each year, we dedicate November’s issue of Ocala Style to the outdoors. From golf getaways within a day’s drive to RVing and hiking the Florida National Scenic Trail, this month is filled with excellent ways to enjoy our beautiful state. In our “An Unspoiled Walk” feature, we take you on a journey to some of the most scenic—and challenging—golf courses Our state in the Southeast. Whether is amazing— you’re looking for a there’s simply no romantic weekend away or a family-friendly golf denying it. resort, we’ve done all the research and found courses that will score a hole-in-one with any golfer looking for a new green. “Hiking Natural Florida” offers a history lesson on the founding of one of Florida’s best bragging rights, the Florida National Scenic Trail. With over 1,000 miles of hiking trails winding throughout some of Florida’s most unique environmental communities, the first leg of the Florida Scenic Trail was founded right here in the Ocala National Forest. If you haven’t been on a hike lately, we’ve got some great day trip ideas in this month’s issue. Ever thought of giving it all up for life on the road? In this month’s feaure on RVing,
we’ve tracked down two couples who are permanent RVers. Selling everything they own to enjoy the road less traveled, these couples discuss the ins and outs of full-time RVing, including the most important tip, “You really have to like each other to do this.” Taking time to immerse yourself in natural Florida might leave you imagining what a relief this time of year must have been for some of Florida’s oldest pioneers—known around these parts as the Florida Cracker. Without all the creature comforts of today, it’s hard to imagine how they made it through the summer. The annual Ocali Country Days festival, hosted by the Silver River Museum, offers an interactive insight into how these individuals survived and thrived. In our story, “Cracker Life,” we’ve talked to some people who, even today, have chosen to live the simple life of a Florida Cracker. Our state is amazing—there’s simply no denying it. Don’t miss out on taking in some of its natural beauty while the weather is on your side.
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100 WAYS TO ENJOY OCALA
E’RE NEARING THE END OF 2012, AND OUR CITY HAS FOUND A WAY TO COUNT DOWN THOSE FINAL WEEKS WITH THE FEEL DOWNTOWN 100 THINGS/100 DAYS CAMPAIGN. FEEL DOWNTOWN HAS COMPILED A LIST OF OVER 100 FUN THINGS TO DO IN OCALA FROM NOW UNTIL THE END OF THE YEAR. PLAN A MEMORABLE DAY WITH THE FAMILY, A DATE NIGHT WITH YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER OR SPEND TIME WITH FRIENDS, ALL WHILE ENJOYING EVERYTHING DOWNTOWN OCALA HAS TO OFFER. IF YOU’RE HAVING TROUBLE COMING UP WITH NEW IDEAS, VISIT FEELDOWNTOWNOCALA.COM FOR SOME HELPFUL HINTS.
HERE’S A LOOK AT JUST A FEW OF THE 100 THINGS TO DO IN OCALA: 1. Enjoy a Saturday morning at the Ocala Farm Market on the square.
2. Attend the First
6. Spend an evening at a rooftop concert at Pi on Broadway.
7. Shop at Shannon Roth Collection/ Olivia and Co. Kids.
Friday Art Walk from 6-9pm.
3. See Frankenstein
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4. Watch a movie
9. Dine at Richard’s
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5. Enjoy a lakeside
walk or picnic at Tuscawilla Park.
a surprise carriage ride around downtown. Place where the waitresses are still as friendly as ever.
10. Check out Artist
Alley, downtown’s newest gallery.
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Ocala is home to some of the most beautiful landscape in Central Florida. While the weather’s cool, take some time to visit one of Ocala’s many beautiful parks.
acres of park land in Ocala of those acres were turned into family-friendly parks. of Ocala’s 36 parks are family friendly, offering playgrounds or family sport complexes. Recently developed parks include M.O.M.S. Park and Citizens’ Circle.
For more information on Ocala and Marion County parks, visit ocalafl.org/recpark and marioncountyfl.org.
YOU KNOW YOU’VE LIVED A LONG TIME IN OCALA IF... BY MARY ELLEN BARCHI
» You were served lunch by Miss Pearl. » You remember the Sears store on Silver Springs Boulevard. » You shopped at Woolworth’s downtown. » You used to wait in line to eat breakfast Sunday mornings at The Plantation Inn restaurant. » You remember when State Road
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200 had only two lanes. » You remember when the gazebo was in the center of the square. How many times have they moved it? » You never traveled west of Interstate-75. » You visited the Silver Springs attraction when the old “Sea Hunt” set was a stop
As we’re approaching the U.S. Post Office’s busiest time of year, here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the organization that manages to get Grandma’s famous sugar cookies from her house in Oklahoma to your mailbox in Ocala.
on the glass bottom boat ride. » The hill at the intersection of Fort King Street and 36th Avenue was 5 feet higher. » You used to buy your Disney tickets at the welcome center near Cracker Barrel. » You remember when 36th Avenue was a two-lane road.
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1.2 Million 18% letters and flats are delivered by the Ocala Post Office between November and December.
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November and December are popular months to take in a movie. Here are a few worth checking out!
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NOV. 9, PG-13
DEC. 7, R
A historical Spielberg drama with an all-star cast shows the final months of Lincoln’s presidency as he faces the challenges of trying to end the Civil War and abolish slavery.
This much-anticipated film about President Roosevelt and the first reigning English monarchs to visit America will remind us why we love historical dramas.
THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 2
NOV. 16, PG-13
This enthralling story about love and the human spirit has been performed on stages all over the world and is now making its way to the big screen.
The final installment of the vampire saga gives fans what they’ve waited for, the arrival of Renesmee and a perilous battle against the Volturi.
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THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY
A touching story about a man who has lost everything, moved back home with his parents and forms an unexpected bond with a complicated girl.
The prequel to The Lord of the Rings will enchant audiences with a magical story about the perilous journey of Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey.
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An all-star cast will humor audiences in this delightful romantic comedy about a former soccer player who’s been roped into coaching his son’s soccer team.
Disney’s monster-sized adventure and some favorite not-so-scary monster friends, Sulley and Mike, are being reintroduced to the big screen in 3-D.
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STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS AND DISTRICT NEWS THAT SHAPE MARION COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS.
BY KEVIN CHRISTIAN
NEW TO THE BOARD
This month, two new members will join the Marion County School Board. CAROL ELY is a former educator who brings 30 plus years of experience as a teacher, administrator and volunteer. NANCY STACY has been involved with local education efforts for more than 20 years and plans to stress the business side of government. Both women captured board seats in the August primary. Also, either Dr. Diana Greene or George Tomyn, both long-time educators in our community, will be elected Marion County’s next superintendent on November 6.
CHOICES SHOW STRENGTH
VYING FOR NATIONAL HONORS
Four local seniors are semifinalists in the prestigious National Merit Scholarship Program. ALICE CANNON (Forest High), MALEK HAMED (Vanguard High), JACOB HOLLOWAY (Belleview High) and VEDANT SINGH (Vanguard High) are among the country’s top 1 percent of all high school seniors. Come February, they’ll find out whether they advance to the next round.
The number’s pretty astounding—100,000— and that’s just how many “meals in a bag” arrived to help feed Marion County kids and their families. The meals come 288 to a box, and 46 boxes were delivered in just one day to local schools. In all, nearly 350 boxes came and went out from the district warehouse near downtown Ocala. Each meal serves four people, and all families have to do is add water. The meals come from FEEDING CHILDREN EVERYWHERE based in Tampa.
East Marion Elementary students saw firsthand how “strong” choices can be made at an early age. Members of the STRENGTH TEAM stopped by, sharing the positive message and using strong visuals to reinforce it. One strength member lifted two students at the same time using a steel rod. The lesson? Good choices land you in higher places throughout life.
RIF MAKES READING FUNDAMENTALLY FUN
For students at Fessenden and four other local elementary schools, READING IS FUNDAMENTAL may be RIF or just another acronym. What they remember, though, is RIF provides them with two free books to enjoy and add to their home library. Kids even get to choose their own books thanks to the program sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Ocala. Each year, the group donates thousands of books to encourage great literacy skills.
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ovember typically brings some welcomed cooler temperatures and shorter days as we look forward to the upcoming holiday season. But before Black Friday comes the all-important Red, White and Blue Tuesday. Election day is November 6. The election process is an integral part of our country’s heritage. This is the day when voters make their voices heard on important issues such as who should lead our country as the president of the United States and whether Florida will provide constitutional protection for pregnant pigs (which we did back in 2002). Voting is our opportunity to shape our cities, counties, state and nation. So who ensures the election process by guaranteeing each person’s vote is counted? At the local level, the county canvassing board is charged with this responsibility. The canvassing board consists of the supervisor of elections, the chair of the board of county commissioners and a county judge who serves as the chair. Of the many duties of the county canvassing board, one of the most intriguing is the review
of ballots that are damaged or otherwise unreadable by the automatic tabulating equipment. This was the exact issue that placed Florida at the center of the world’s attention during November 2000. It was the Palm Beach County Canvassing Board that introduced us to the term “hanging chad” and marked the end of punch ballot voting in Florida.
But, the canvassing board must also address the issues presented by those voters who have an aversion to “coloring between the lines.” These are the people who—despite the clear instructions on the ballot—refuse to simply mark their choice by shading the small oval. One of the most popular voter malfeasances is the inevitable circling of the entire name of the candidate of their choice. You are voting for a candidate, not ordering sushi. Stick to the ovals. I also recall a particular absentee ballot with a handwritten note of “I like this one” beside one candidate and “This guy is an idiot” beside the opponent. These markings—along with arrows, asterisks and other emoticons— are all rejected by the electronic voting equipment like a 6 year old taking cough syrup. The right to vote cannot be overstated, and the canvassing board wants every vote to be counted. So make sure to do your part in carefully marking your ballot as indicated by the clear instructions on the form. If you do, we might even give you a sticker.
THIS IS THE DAY WHEN VOTERS MAKE THEIR VOICES HEARD ON IMPORTANT ISSUES SUCH AS WHO SHOULD LEAD OUR COUNTRY AS THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. Since the transition to the new electronic voting equipment, most of the reasons for the machine’s inability to read a ballot are as simple as a stray mark, coffee stain or other minor defects. These rejected ballots are then reviewed by the canvassing board. If a voter’s desired selections can be determined by the three-person committee, a duplicate ballot is marked and fed into the voting equipment. The original (defective) ballot and the duplicate ballot are then kept together and available for review if necessary.
Judge Steven Rogers has served as a Marion County Judge for the past seven years. He lives in Ocala with his wife, three children and an extremely spoiled Australian Shepherd.
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SCORE FOR TC’S NEW PRESIDENT
After a long and thorough search, TRINITY CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL has found the
perfect match in new president Mr. David L. McKenzie. Coming from Saint Vincent Pallotti Preparatory High School in Laurel, Maryland, where he served as president/ principal, Mr. McKenzie is well qualified and dedicated to his profession. A new president, however, is not the only change being made around Trinity Catholic. The school has also recently acquired the first scoreboard with a video screen in the county through a generous donation from Mr. Al Dunlap.
A RAD(IOLOGY) AWARD
A review by the American College of Radiology has awarded OCALA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER a three-year term of accreditation in magnetic resonance imaging, a non-invasive medical test that uses magnetic fields to produce anatomical images of internal body parts to help physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. Many factors go into the process of getting this accreditation, including meeting the ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards, assessing everything from personnel qualifications to adequacy of facility equipment.
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aybe you’ve seen them before on your travels through the Sunshine State: dollar-sized orange rectangles painted on telephone poles, trees and fence posts. They are found in cities, along rural country roads, through state parks and national forests, and deep in the woods where they are seen by only the most intrepid of adventurers. These orange “blazes” mark the route of the Florida National Scenic Trail, a 1,000-plus-mile linear path that stretches from Big Cypress National Preserve in the Florida Everglades to Fort Pickens in Pensacola. The Florida Trail—or FT as it’s commonly called—cuts a path mostly up the middle of the state through some of Florida’s wildest and most scenic areas.
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One Man’s Vision
“I talked my brother into taking an overnight hike in Smoky Mountains National Park,” says Jim Kern, founder of the Florida Trail. “We didn’t have any tents or sleeping bags. We just rolled a couple of canned goods in blankets that we got off the motel bed and started hiking,” he says with a chuckle. “The whole thing was miserable—it was terrible, and that finished my brother’s interest in backpacking.” This was 1961, and while the Smoky Mountains trip was the end of backpacking for Kern’s brother, Kern returned home to Florida in search of his ideal hiking trail. “I came back and immediately found out that there was no long-distance trail,” he says. “So then I thought, why not build a long distance trail?” And with that inspirational thought, the Florida Trail Association was formed a few short years later in 1964. In 1966, Kern set out on a 160-mile hike to dramatize the need for a long-distance hiking trail in Florida. “The Miami Herald did a Sunday supplement feature of that,” he says. “People read about it, and those people that wrote in became the first members of the Florida Trail Association.” Dues were just a dollar a year. The first official section of the Florida Trail was created in the Ocala National Forest. “One of the first people who wrote me very early on was a guy named Fred Mulholland from Tampa,” Kern remembers. “He stepped up and wanted to build the first section in the Ocala National Forest, and the group decided where we wanted it to enter the forest on the southern end and where we wanted it to exit. Fred linked it up from Clearwater Campground to Juniper Springs.” Take on a project like building a trail that runs the length of the state, and you are bound to run into problems along the way. Some of those problems arose right from the start. “When we approached the Forest Service with the idea of building a hiking trail
through Florida, they probably thought it was a silly idea, but said ‘go ahead,’” says Kern. “So we did, and pretty soon people were stopping in at the ranger’s office and asking ‘Where’s the trail?’ They got the message real quick that they were out of the loop and didn’t know anything about it,” Kern laughs. Turns out that the newly blazed trail didn’t fit into the long-range plans of the forest and had to be moved. “It was a huge effort that Mulholland and his friends put into that,” says Kern. “Boy, that was a bad day.”
Fast-forward to 2012. Countless volunteers, land managers, county governments, state and federal agencies, water management districts and private landowners support the trail. The trail was officially designated as a National Scenic Trail—one —one of only 11 in the U.S—by an act of Congress in 1983. Today, it provides users a unique look at the natural beauty of the state and is the only trail in the National Scenic Trails system where one can explore a semi-tropical ecosystem. For those seeking a long-distance trail, the Florida National Scenic Trail is the perfect winter pathway, according to Kern. “From December through March, where are you going to go hiking?” he says. “You aren’t going to (go) hiking in the Smokies, the Rockies, or the Sierras. They are all snowed in,” he continues. “The only place that’s really good for hiking is Florida.” Most hikers start their journey in the south, beginning at the Oasis Visitor Center in Big Cypress National Preserve. That’s a recent change from the historic southern terminus a few miles away on Loop Road. From there, hikers head north around Lake Okeechobee, through the middle of the state and turning left into Florida’s panhandle. The current northern terminus is at Fort Pickens along the Gulf Islands National Seashore—but just like the southern end, in the future, that may change, too, Jim Schmid, Trails Manager for National Forests in Florida, explains. “We’ve had meetings with the Gulf Islands folks and have contemplated putting a monument at Naval Live Oaks Visitor Center and making that the end point,” says Schmid. “This way, it anchors at two
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Hikes Near Ocala
No time to do the whole trail? No worries. There are plenty of day, weekend and weeklong hikes to be had right in the Ocala area. These range from linear hikes on the official Florida National Scenic Trail route to shorter loop and side trails that are also part of the Florida Trail system.
Juniper Springs Nature Trail: Get a look at two of the most scenic freshwater springs in Florida at Juniper Springs Recreation Area in the Ocala National Forest. The trail is less than a mile in length and is mostly boardwalk, making it an easy hike for anyone. The trail follows along Juniper Run, through dense subtropical forest and links back to Fern Hammock Springs. Look over the edge of the footbridge, where you’ll see the sandy bottom of the springs boiling as crystal clear water makes its way to the surface. The Yearling Trail: Named after the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, this 5.5-mile loop trail traverses the area where Rawlings spent time with the Long family in 1933. This same location was used as the set for the 1940s movie adaptation of the book, starring Gregory Peck, Jane Wyman and Claude Jarman, Jr. as Jody. To access the trail, look for the Yearling Trail sign across from the entrance to Silver Glen Recreation Area in the Ocala National Forest. Holly Hammock Hiking Trail: Head south of Ocala on SR 200, past CR 484 to the Cross Florida Greenway. Keep an eye out for the Ross Prairie Trailhead sign and drive back to the parking area. The trail is a 2.4-mile loop, passing through oak hammocks, saw palmetto and open pine forests. Here’s a tip: Do this trail in the winter months when the American Holly trees will be loaded with bright red berries. St. Francis Trail: Once the site of an 1880’s boomtown on the St. Johns River, this southeastern section of the Ocala National Forest offers hikers two loop trails. Catch the highlights on the shorter 2.8-mile loop, or take a day and hike the 7-mile loop, passing through floodplains, oak hammocks and pine forests. Several bridges cross over small streams along the trail. Save this hike for drier times of the year, or be prepared to slog through wet sections of the trail. Florida National Scenic Trail: If you are up for the challenge, hike the 70-mile linear route of the FNST through the Ocala National Forest. Give this section a week to 10 days to complete, or arrange for a shuttle and break things up into smaller segments. The section begins in the south at Clearwater Lake Recreation Area and ends in the north at Rodman Reservoir, south of Palatka. Proper packing and planning is the key to having a successful hike, so make sure to spend some time working on the logistics of your trip.
National Park Service major visitor centers.” Those familiar with hiking in other parts of the country may notice a definite lack of topography and scenic mountain vistas on the Florida Trail. “I am just not put off by a lack of mountains,” says Kern. “There are great vistas along the banks of the Suwannee River, and there are great vistas in Big Cypress National Preserve. There’s lots of sky. You can be in Montana, they call it the big sky country,” Kern continues. “I get that same feeling in the Big Cypress National Preserve. I love hiking in there.” Like many other national scenic trails, the Florida Trail still has gaps to close. There are sections of the trails where hikers will encounter roadwalks as they pass between protected corridors of land. “Floridians have to decide if they want this trail,” says Kern. “My great hope is that sooner rather than later, Floridians
prompt their legislators and say that we need to save this, and the only way to save it is if we provide the legal mechanism to buy the last mile.” Wherever the finalized route leads, Kern hopes that the Florida National Scenic Trail not only serves as a pathway for adventure and discovery but helps to create future advocates for natural Florida. “They’ll help us to hang on as best we can to what’s left,” says Kern. “That’s the idea.”
Need More Info? For more information and recommended reading, here are some resources to check out: Trail Reflections, 50 Years of Hiking and Backpacking by Jim Kern, kernhousepublishing.com 50 Hikes in Central Florida by Sandra Friend, sandrafriend.com For local chapter information and how to volunteer on the trail, visit the Florida Trail Association website at floridatrail.org. Keep abreast of changes and provide input on the trail by visiting the National Forests in Florida’s website at fs.usda.gov/fnst.
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Cruising along wide interstates, touring the state’s tourist attractions and shopping in airconditioned malls, it’s easy to forget that Florida was once a rugged, dangerous, unexplored territory.
he first generation Florida Cracker was not a pillar of society. A life of hard knocks had not been a bad school, however, for it had taught both man and woman the skills they needed and given them the determination that was required to survive in this new life… Today, Cracker refers to the unpretentious people and architecture found on farms and in rural communities still sprinkled throughout these peninsular and panhandle wetlands.” So writes Ronald W. Haase in his intriguing book Classic Cracker: Florida’s Wood-frame Vernacular Architecture. When these early settlers called themselves “crackers,” it was a reference both to the cracked corn they used to make cornmeal and to the cracking sound made by their long, leather whips as they drove cattle out of thick scrub and treacherous bogs where it was impossible to ride a horse. Their houses had distinct architecture still seen today and often featured the “dog-trot”
style, in which two rooms are separated by an open breezeway and covered on both sides by a broad, shady porch. Despite the rapid spread of progress and concrete, Florida has a number of people living the keepit-simple cracker lifestyle… even in these days of satellite technology and the Internet. Although Florida’s pioneers were forced to live off the land, today, we have the luxury of choosing our back-to-nature tasks, such as making bread, growing our own vegetables and herbs, raising livestock for meat, hunting, canning produce and jams or simply hanging clothes on a line instead of using a dryer. While we are accustomed to buying almost everything we need, Florida’s early settlers worked from sunup to sundown just to survive. “You look at old photos and those people were all skinny. That’s because they were working very hard all day,” observes Scott Mitchell, director of the Silver River Museum & Environmental Education Center in Ocala. “They’d grow cash
Photo by Scott Mitchell
After the Spanish colonial period, the people who settled this intimidating, wild peninsula were a bit untamed themselves. Back in the day, the Sunshine State attracted a hardy, adventurous sort; it wasn’t unusual to find renegades and folks on the run from the law.
crops like cotton and sugar cane to buy things they needed but couldn’t make themselves, like cast iron skillets and fabric. They’d also barter goods and services. They made cane syrup, which was where they got their sugar, and boiled down seawater to get salt. “You might be surprised to find out that some of those old skills are still being practiced by someone you’re standing next to in the grocery store,” says Scott. “It’s interesting to find that, in 2012, some people are still living this lifestyle. Some do it for tradition; others just to stretch their dollars.”
Jim Carty does it for both reasons. A native of Marion
County, Jim, 61, was raised on a dairy farm in Santos and has lived in this area his entire life. He doesn’t mind being called a “cracker.” “Most crackers have a way of thinking and a lifestyle,” he says. “There’s nothing wrong with being called a cracker.” Jim maintains a simple lifestyle, residing in an old tenant house (circa 1910) from his family’s Continued on page 34
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Making Cane Syrup the OldFashioned Way You’ll never look at a bottle of syrup the same way once you watch it being made at the Ocali Country Days festival. After the sugar cane is cut by hand, the leaves are stripped and tops cut off. The juice must be squeezed out of the cane, typically in a milling process that employs an ox or mule to provide the power. Hitched to a long pine beam, the animal walks in a circle (hence the name “roundy-round”), while someone feeds the stalks into the mill’s metal grinders. The cane juice runs out into a cast iron kettle under which a fire is built. It’s an art to maintain that fire so it’s hot enough to keep the syrup boiling but not so hot it boils over. It must reach about 226°F, which takes five to six hours, depending on the size of the kettle—some hold 80 gallons. During this time, the syrup maker continually skims off the impurities that rise to the surface. (Known as “buck,” old timers would often let it ferment and then drink it. It wasn’t uncommon for hogs to get drunk on buck when it was added to their feed.) As the water evaporates from the syrup, it becomes thicker. Once it reaches the desired consistency, the hot syrup is ladled out, poured through a clean cloth for a final straining and packaged in glass bottles. As a general rule of thumb, it takes 10 gallons of juice to make 1 gallon of syrup. Pioneers usually kept two types of syrup on hand: “company” and “eating.” Company syrup was thinner because it took less time to cook, while the eating syrup was thicker and sweeter; that’s what you kept for your own household.
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dairy. It has no hot water heater or dryer, but he does have air conditioning. He heats his home with the fireplace, so his winter electric bills average just $25 a month. For fun, he built a cracker-style cabin with no electricity (think of it as a “cracker man cave”) on his property, using pine trees he cut down, milled and sawed himself. Resembling a structure from the late 1800s, it’s set on “lighter wood” pine posts, which are naturally bugresistant and won’t rot. “I just wanted to make something authentic to the period,”
explains Jim, who can be found in the blacksmith shop and making cane syrup during the Ocali Country Days festival held each November at the Silver River Museum. He finds it a little sad that so much of the American lifestyle is about convenience and immediacy. “People get their paychecks and go buy what they need; there’s hardly anything you can’t find at Wal-Mart. The typical family—with both adults working two jobs— doesn’t have time to do all the stuff from scratch.”
Jim, on the other hand, grows a kitchen garden, raises chickens for eggs, does metal work in his blacksmith shop, makes cane syrup, repairs windmills, hunts deer and hogs, butchers his own meat and makes his own sausage. He doesn’t have a computer, but he does have a cell phone. (During our interview, that phone rang and he retrieved it from the small pocket on the front of his denim overalls. “Bib overalls were way ahead of their time,” he grins. “They had cell phone pockets before we ever had cell phones!”)
NOVEMBER 10-11, 2012 “The festival celebrates and preserves the history of the old Florida crackers that is disappearing with the wireless age,” says Scott Mitchell of the Silver River Museum, which hosts the event. The true-to-life cracker village at the museum is open during the festival and manned by people in 1800s period dress. You can literally walk into the historical displays, such as a cow hunter’s camp or a civil war camp. Watch cane syrup being made, blacksmiths working on a forge, women weaving pine needle baskets and more. “The people we bring in are experts,” says Mitchell. “It’s not the guy who works at Best Buy dressed up like a cowboy.” Buy hand-crafted items from the vendors and enjoy live folk and bluegrass music. In addition to regular festival fare, such as hamburgers and hotdogs, kettle corn and funnel cakes, there will be BBQ and real country cooking. 9am-4pm Saturday & Sunday Admission $5 per person; children under 6 free Silver River Museum & Environmental Education Center 1445 NE 58th Ave., Ocala (352) 236-5401 silverrivermuseum.com
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If you’re hankering for a taste of real cracker cooking, you’ll want your own copy of Sandpine, Sun and Settlers: The Big Scrub’s Cooking Heritage by Gene Gallant (published by SRM Publications, Silver River Museum & Environmental Education Center). The museum was kind enough to share the following recipes taken from the book.
Old Homestead Pecan Pie
3 1 ½ ¼ 1 1½ 1
eggs cup cane syrup cup sugar cup butter, melted teaspoon vanilla extract cups pecan halves 9-inch unbaked pie shell
Preheat oven to 350°F. Beat eggs in large mixing bowl; add syrup, sugar, butter and vanilla; mix well. Stir in pecans; pour into crust. Bake uncovered for 35-40 minutes or until knife inserted off-center comes out clean. Let cool.
Country Buttermilk Biscuits
2 cups all-purpose flour 2½ teaspoons baking powder ¼ teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt ¼ cup vegetable shortening ¾ cup buttermilk Preheat oven to 400°F. Sift dry ingredients together in mixing bowl; cut in shortening until crumbly. Stir in buttermilk just until blended. Turn out dough onto a floured board, and knead for about half a minute. Roll out dough to about 1/2-inch thickness. Cut out biscuits. Place on lightly greased baking tray and bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.
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pounds catfish fillets cup chopped bacon cup chopped onion cans (16 ounces) tomatoes 2 cups diced potatoes 1 cup ketchup 2 teaspoons salt ½ teaspoon pepper 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce Dash of Tabasco, optional Remove skin from fillets and discard. Cut fillets into 1-inch pieces. Fry bacon in large kettle or Dutch oven on low heat. Add onion and cook until tender. Add tomatoes, ketchup and seasonings. Bring to boiling point; reduce heat and cook, covered, for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add fish and potatoes and continue cooking 40-45 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Adjust seasonings if necessary. Serve hot.
Blackeyed Peas & Hog Jowl 1
quart home-canned blackeyed peas with snaps ½ pound hog jowl, sliced, diced and fried until half done 1 small onion, peeled and chopped fine salt and pepper Pour peas into saucepan; add water just to cover. Add jowl and drippings along with onion. Bring to boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer until peas and onion are tender. Serve with cornbread and fried sausage or smoked chops.
Wild Dandelion Coffee
After digging up dandelion plants, cut off the tops and discard. Wash roots thoroughly. Peel and discard outer layer. Roast roots in 300-degree oven about 3 ½-4 hours or until dry and brittle. Place in food grinder, and reduce to a powder. Use 1 heaping teaspoon for each cup of water. Boil about 3 minutes.
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When the pioneers made soap, they used rendered animal fat and lye. While I won’t share a recipe that includes beef fat and dangerous chemicals, definitely try this recipe using glycerin, instead.
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YOU’LL NEED: • 1 pound clear glycerin soap base • Sharp knife • Wooden spoon
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HERE’S HOW: Cut the glycerin soap base into 2-inch squares using a sharp knife. Place the soap squares in a glass sauce pan, and put the pan on the stove over low heat. Stir constantly with a wooden spoon until completely melted. This process usually takes 5-10 minutes for 1 pound of soap base. Remove the pan from the heat, and quickly add the remaining ingredients before the mixture hardens. Add 30-50 drops of essential oil to the melted soap and stir to combine. Add more oil for a more strongly scented bar. Add a few shavings from a block of solid soap color until you achieve the desired color. More shavings will result in a darker color. Stir to combine.
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an 1800s sawmill on the banks of Prairie Creek, east of Gainesville. Their fish camp at Newnan’s Lake has been in the family since 1961. Back in the early 1990s, the Carters were raising their children in the most natural environment possible, but Monica was shocked to discover that didn’t extend to the bath and toiletry items they used. “I began to realize our natural home included many not-so-natural products,” recalls Monica, who began research in earnest. “These products are full of chemicals I could not spell, much less pronounce. There were so many chemicals, and our bodies absorb 60 percent of what is put on the skin.” So in 1995, she started making soap for family and friends. Today,
Monica’s Cococastile Soap has become a favorite at local shops, farmers markets and festivals. “We only use premium olive oil and coconut oil, so it’s a clean soap because it’s not made from waste oils,” she explains. “That way, you don’t have soap scum and it’s super bubbly. It lasts longer than regular soap, doesn’t clog pores, rinses clean and can be used for washing your hair, too.” Lest you think all-natural products are a “shortcut” compared to mass-produced goods, consider the time Monica spends making her soap. Each batch takes six hours to make, then it’s in the mold for four days and cures on the shelf for another 30 days. “Like a fine cheese, it takes time,” she says. “We keep the soul in the soap!”
The Carters regularly sell their soap products at the farmers markets in Gainesville and Ocala, the same places where they buy much of their produce and food products and shop for handmade items. After all, that’s what the cracker lifestyle is really about: keeping it down-to-earth, being as self-sufficient as possible and sharing your knowledge and skills. The world would be a better place if more people did the same.
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Some women know from a young age that they want to be mothers. Others may not be so
sure about tackling the daunting task of child-rearing until they’ve matured a bit and been married a few years.
And others still may not be sure until well into their 30s or 40s.
But no matter what age a husband and wife are when they decide they are ready to be parents, once the time is right there is arguably nothing more exciting, beautiful and maybe even terrifying as the prospect of bringing a child into the world. B Y
And for many couples, that’s how their lives progress. Through 3am feedings, potty training, birthday parties, report cards and graduations, they experience both the joys and dramas of parenting. However, what happens when pregnancy doesn’t come so easily? When the doctor visits and fertility medications and procedures fail time and time again? Some choose to accept that fate and live perfectly happy lives without children. But there are others who know that nature got it wrong. That they are meant to be parents. So they take the long, tedious and sometimes painful journey of adopting.
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A DIFFERENT ADOPTION OPTION The family that has made the decision to defy what nature has dictated often begins by weighing their options when it comes to the adoption process. And while the traditional private adoption of an infant may be the route many parents decide to take, the adoption of children in foster care is becoming increasingly common and much needed. Vanessa Ward, adoption supervisor for Marion County Youth and Family Alternatives Inc. (YFA),
has always been a supporter of adoption. She’s been working diligently to match prospective parents with children in the foster care system for 11 years and admits that the people she meets affect every part of her. “A lot of times people want to adopt an infant, but there are so many older children right here who desperately need homes,” she says. In fact, Vanessa’s branch of YFA handles adoption for Citrus, Marion, Sumter, Hernando and Lake Counties and oversees approximately 100 adoptions a year. “It’s a process to adopt a child in foster care and not everyone is
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“wanted We kids, knew we so we figured
eventually it would just happen.” —Danielle Fitzgerald
ready to take on that challenge,” explains Vanessa. Families who are considering adopting go through several steps before they are deemed ready to legally complete the process. Classes, interviews, visitations, overnight visits and weeklong stays are just some of the steps involved along the way. “It takes time to make the most appropriate match,” says Vanessa. She explains that some children coming out of the foster care system have a variety of their own issues resulting from their former upbringing and prospective parents have to really know what they can handle. “Some of the stories you hear can break your heart,” explains Vanessa. “You can’t go through an abusive situation without it affecting you, and parents have to be completely honest about what they can handle,” she says, admitting that the most “devastating” part of her job is when an adoption fails.
But, she points out, there is a misinterpretation of children in the foster care system. True, some have mental or physical disabilities, and there are plenty of families out there who are ready and able to take on those challenges. But there are also thousands of kids who just had the unfortunate luck of being born to people not capable of raising them. And for a couple looking to adopt, sometimes they don’t have to look far at all.
A TWIST OF FATE When Danielle and Ray Fitzgerald were planning their wedding in 2009, Danielle admits she wasn’t doing anything special to prevent pregnancy. “We knew we wanted kids, so we figured eventually it would just happen,” she says. However, over time, she and her husband began
to suspect something just wasn’t quite right, as month after month Danielle was unsuccessful at getting pregnant. After doctors’ visits and meetings with fertility specialists, Danielle and Ray concluded that the only way they would raise a child would be through adoption. “We looked into several agencies but knew we could never afford to go the route of adopting an infant either domestically or abroad,” says Danielle, recounting the thousands of dollars quoted for the process. After simply searching for “Adoption Florida” on the Internet, she and Ray came across the YFA website and made contact with an adoption recruiter. “They were extremely supportive,” she says. Danielle and Ray knew this was going to be the best option for them. “We thought we couldn’t afford to adopt a child, but we knew we could afford to feed some mouths. When we put it all on
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him back,” she says. Confident that they wanted to pursue both children, after many hours As Jennifer settled in, she began referring to Danielle as of interviews “Mom” in her notes and messages. and meetings, Danielle and Ray arranged their first face-topaper, we knew we would be able face visit with the children. to do this,” she says. “We were nervous. What do After completing a 12-week you say to two kids?” says Danielle, class that Danielle describes as a recounting that her and Ray were so “crash course in parenting,” she excited they arrived four hours early. and Ray began the process of Once the initial meeting searching for a child. was out of the way, Danielle and “It’s almost like Match.com,” Ray agreed that they wanted to says Danielle. “You go online and see a tiny picture and a short write- see the children again. Months of supervised day-visits followed up about a child and then request before the children requested more information,” she says. overnight visits and then extended And that is essentially how weekend visits. Danielle found her son, Jason*, 10, “The kids have to request the and her daughter, Jennifer*, 12. One overnight visits. It has to be their evening she was scrolling through idea,” explains Danielle. Her goal the pages of available children online when she came across a “cute was for Jennifer and Jason to be ready to spend the summer with boy” and requested more informathem. It’s protocol that after extendtion. On a whim, she decided to ed weekend visits, the children have scroll through the available girls to live with the parents for 90 days when she noticed Jennifer. Shortly thereafter, she received before the court can be petitioned to legalize the adoption. an email that directed her to call On June 27, 2012, Jennifer the local YFA office. Confused and Jason moved in with Danielle by the message, she immediately and Ray. called and was completely “They moved in and life flabbergasted by what she learned. began,” laughs Danielle, recounting “They were siblings,” she says, the subtle changes in the children’s still amazed by the coincidence behavior as they became more comtoday. “Nowhere online did it fortable in their new surroundings. mention that they were siblings, “When Jennifer went from and of the thousands of children calling us by our first names to mom on that site, I pick a brother and and dad, that was big,” she says. sister,” she recalls. And while Danielle admits there After several meetings with the children’s guardians and representa- are plenty of struggles, they are experiencing wonderful and endeartives from YFA, Danielle and Ray ing moments that they wouldn’t have got a history of the children and had the opportunity to otherwise. their former foster home situations, “It’s hard for them to get which totaled somewhere between the concept that this is their seven and nine. forever home. Sometimes they “They weren’t always together,” think they’re eventually going to be Danielle explains. “Jason has some kicked out. But we try to focus not learning disabilities, which made it on who they were or where they difficult for foster families to cope, came from but who they want to and after a while they would send
be,” says Danielle, who hints that she could possible take on a third child in the future. “Ten years ago, I could never have done this, no way. But you turn 30-something one day and you decide that there are experiences you just don’t want to live without, so you take a chance,” she says, noting that this has been “quite a ride but worth every second.”
FROM ZERO TO FIVE Diane Morgan always knew she would adopt a child. Her mother was adopted and adopting a child herself was her way of “giving back.” But her initial intentions of having a biological child and an adopted child were thrown a curveball when her attempts at getting pregnant failed. “We tried everything and even went so far as hiring a surrogate, twice, and even that failed,” says Diane. She and her husband, Matt, had been married 15 years at the time when attempt after attempt failed, and they finally concluded that a biological child just wasn’t in their future. “It’s not so much the physical toll, but the emotional toll all of that takes out of you. It was a really hard process,” says Diane. But because they had always planned on adopting anyway, they decided to start researching the process. “We investigated infant adoption and overseas adoption, and it just wasn’t feasible,” says Matt, referring to both the cost and time commitment required for adopting a baby from another country. So they contacted the Department of Children and Families and discussed the process of adopting children in foster care. “We had to pay for the background checks and fingerprinting and take the classes to get started, so we just jumped right in,” says Danielle, admitting
Adopting Florida’s Kids
There are thousands of children right here in Florida’s foster care system who need good homes. And while some do suffer from mental or physical disabilities, many do not and can lead perfectly healthy and normal lives with the right parents. Although many adoptive parents initially look for an infant, Danielle, Ray, Diane and Matt can all attest that adopting older children is just as rewarding and the experiences just as rich as with younger children. All four encourage anyone considering adoption to consider foster children. They did, and it has changed their lives. For more information on private adoptions in Florida, visit heartofadoptions.com or call (813) 384-2696. For more information on adopting foster children, visit yfaadoptons.com, adoptflorida.org or adoptuskids.com.
“laugh We tostill sometimes ourselves and say ‘what were we thinking,’ but we are experiencing some of the greatest moments of our lives with the boys.”
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The Cost of Adoption
Private adoptions, both domestic and overseas, can range in price from $15,000 to $40,000 for a domestic adoption and $30,000 to $50,000 for an overseas adoption and can include spending time in the child’s home country for a period of one to two months. Adopting children in the foster system can be as inexpensive as simply paying for a background check and fingerprinting. And adoptive parents of foster children receive a monthly stipend as well as Medicaid for the child and free tuition to Florida’s state colleges or universities. For more information, visit yfainc.org/marioncounty or call (352) 442-8454.
that after investing so much money with fertility experts, this was a much more affordable way to go. When it came time to discuss what type of family they were envisioning, Diane and Matt told their caseworker they felt two, possibly three, boys was what they had in mind. “She told us they had a family of five boys at the moment but that she would go back and start looking around for a family of two or three,” says Diane. But there was something about the five boys that stuck in her head. “We talked about it and thought ‘why can’t we do five,’” she says, recalling that the couple’s first thought was that they wanted the five boys and the second one was “where are we going to put them all?” However Matt and Diane wasted no time preparing their lives and their home for five new children. “Our caseworker was hesitant, but we told her we already bought a new car and were converting the office into a bedroom,” says Matt. They began their weekend visits with the boys and spent the
next month getting to know them before they moved in for the next 90 days. “Our caseworker called us one day and said we could come and meet them. Then it all got very real,” says Matt. The boys moved in with Matt and Diane on April Fools Day 2010. “We are so lucky to have them,” says Diane, who can’t get over watching them all grow and mature. Though it took some getting used to on everyone’s part, like any proud parents, Matt and Diane can’t brag enough about their boys, Jordan, 16, Aaron, 12, Christian, 7, and twins Ethan and Evan, 4. “They are boys, they’re loud and they wrestle around and that was the hardest thing to get used to,” laughs Matt, “But they are the most loving kids you’ll ever meet.” “It took some time for us all to learn to live together,” says Diane, explaining that the boys had visitation time with each other but had never lived together under one roof. “But we all just kind of figured it out together,” she says. Though she notes that feeding five
Matt and Diane had to adjust to stocking their pantry with enough groceries to feed five growing boys.
growing boys has proven to be one of the biggest changes in their lives. “Our pantry is the size of a small bedroom,” jokes Matt. “We still sometimes laugh to ourselves and say ‘what were we thinking,’ but we are experiencing some of the greatest moments of our lives with the boys,” says Diane. One of the biggest lessons she has learned over the last few years is that you don’t need an infant to experience important moments. “You think you need to have a baby, but I’m happy it worked out this way,” she says. And when asked by others whether they have any doubts about adopting five boys, Matt answers, “you wake up each morning and one does something that makes you start laughing and you think ‘yeah, this is the right thing.’”
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Although there are no concrete numbers as to how many full-time RVers there are in the United States (various RV clubs put the figure at about 1 million, but it’s impossible to nail down), we do know a few demographics. There are some couples with children (typically home-schooled) who have chosen the full-time RV lifestyle but most are retired and in their 50s and older. “The typical full-time RVer is generally of retirement age, although we’re seeing more and more people mobile commuting, so they’re living and working out of their RVs. These are people who have careers where they are not location-based. With satellite technology these days, you can pretty much wire them (the RVs) and be plugged in anywhere,” notes Thom Vanderklipp, marketing director for Lazydays RV Center, with locations in Tampa and Tucson, Arizona. When it comes to going full time, Vanderklipp says most people who make this commitment have already owned more than one RV. “These are typically buyers who have bought multiple RVs and are fairly comfortable before committing to it full time,” he says. “Full-timers tend to buy the larger fifth wheels and class As. They’re definitely free spirits, maybe a little bit rebellious. It’s the Harley-Davidson set meets the yachting set; it’s not a small investment in those larger fifth wheels and motorhomes.” So, just who are these full-timers? When you learn more about their lives, you may just want to hit the road, too.
“IN A LOT OF WAYS, OUR BUSINESS HAS MIRRORED THE HOUSING INDUSTRY THE LAST FEW YEARS,” SAYS THOM VANDERKLIPP, MARKETING DIRECTOR FOR LAZYDAYS RV CENTER. “WHEN THINGS WERE AT THEIR WORST (IN THE ECONOMY), THE HIGH-END AND LOW-END RVS WERE STILL MOVING, SIMILAR TO THE HOUSING INDUSTRY, BUT WE’RE SEEING RECOVERY ACROSS ALL CLASSES NOW.” Recreational vehicles (RVs) come in all shapes and sizes. Some people mistakenly think an RV is always a motorhome, but that’s just one type. RVs range from small tow-behind campers to massive, pricey bus conversions that cost more than many site-built homes. You can choose from selfpropelled with gas or diesel engine options (motorhomes, conversion vans and bus conversions) or towed (travel trailers and fifth wheels).
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FIFTH WHEEL: The largest of the “tow-
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"WITH RVING, THERE’S A LOT OF CAMARADERIE, WHETHER YOU’RE IN A BIG PREVOST MOTORHOME OR A TENT. YOU ALL HAVE THINGS IN COMMON." — DON TUCKER
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CLASS B MOTORHOME:
Typically just over 20 feet long and usually 8 feet wide. Basically a roomy conversion van. May have a slide-out.
CLASS C MOTORHOME: Smaller than a class A motorhome but usually the same standard width (8 feet). Comes in varying lengths, usually anywhere from 19 to 30 feet. This “mini motorhome” has most of the amenities of its larger class A cousin. Has a cab-over section. Looks like a large truck or van in the front with similar driving compartment.
on, 62, and Nancy Tucker, 59, originally from Crystal River, have been RVing full time since 2004. Before they retired, Don had his own landscaping business for 20-plus years and Nancy put in 25 years at Publix. Married for 42 years, the Tuckers and their two sons were always into camping. They started with a tent, moved on to a pop-up camper and, over the years, worked their way through five different RVs to their current 39-foot fifth wheel with three slide-outs. When the hurricanes came through Florida in 2004 causing such destruction and upheaval, the Tuckers were living in a concrete block two-bedroom home in Spring Hill. Now, when a storm is coming, they can simply leave, taking their RV home safely with them. “The decision to go full time is a big deal. You really need to try it first; it’s not for everyone,” notes Don. “It’s really not advisable to get rid of your home before you try it.” If at all possible, the Tuckers recommend renting out your home for a few months and trying the RV life before you bite the bullet and go full time. Deciding to sell your home may not be the toughest task… getting rid of all the stuff you can’t fit into an RV is the real challenge. “We told our sons to take whatever they wanted, and then we sold the rest at yard sales,” recalls Nancy. “We had a whole room of Coca-Cola collectibles,
CLASS A MOTORHOME: Gas or diesel
engine, with diesel being more expensive but preferred if you are driving in mountainous country. Typically 28 to 45 feet long and 8 feet wide (not counting slide-outs). Usually equipped with generator, propane, large water and holding tanks. Often preferred by full-timers.
and we sold them all. We ended up with enough stuff to fill a closet-sized storage unit, and we even got rid of that. When we hit the road, everything we owned was in that RV.” “On our first trip, I was thinking about something I forgot, and Nancy reminded me we didn’t own that anymore,” chuckles Don. The Tuckers purchased a lot at an RV park in Crystal River, so, unlike many full-time RVers, they actually have a permanent address, even though they may only be there a few months out of the year. At that lot, they have an 8x10-foot storage shed where Don still has a few tools. (“Some men miss having a work shop,” admits Nancy.) 2012 marks Don and Nancy’s second year of being campground hosts at Silver River State Park, an unpaid volunteer position. As hosts, they have about 20 weekly hours of light duty chores; in exchange, they get a free camping spot with electric. One of the things they like most is meeting new friends along the way. “You can live in a residential neighborhood for years and not know your neighbors, but with RVing, there’s a lot of camaraderie, whether you’re in a big Prevost motorhome or a tent. You all have things in common,” says Don. The Tuckers have traveled to Canada and all but six states in the U.S. and plan to see those soon. Glacier Park in Montana has been on their “wish list” for a while, and that’s their next big trip. “There are lots of rallies and RV clubs. You can take tours and travel across the country as a caravan,” says Nancy. “A lot of campgrounds have dinners and other forms of entertainment, even water aerobics at the pool. We like to take day
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trips to check out the surrounding towns, and Don does a lot of fishing. You can have as busy a social life as you want or as laid back and relaxed as you want. It’s a simple lifestyle; you’re basically living in a resort.” Indeed, their fifth wheel has all the amenities they need, including a full-size refrigerator, washer and dryer, satellite dish, HD antennas to pick up local channels, wireless Internet via their cell phone provider and a generator capable of running the whole show if they aren’t in a spot with electric.
hen Danny, 72, and Georgia (“Gee”), 69, Johnson roll into a campground, they have a short ritual that ensures their new surroundings will soon feel like home. After parking their motorhome and “plugging in,” they put a large shade across the windshield. The awning is unfurled and an American flag is displayed at each end. Georgia puts out their two potted plants and hangs her wind chimes. Danny unrolls the 6x18-foot outdoor rug and the rope light. Next, the couple puts out folding chairs and two small folding tables. Finishing touches include the welcome sign Danny made that looks like a miniature
railroad crossing sign and the carriage light on a post that can be turned on and off using a remote from inside the RV. Voila! It only takes a few minutes to create the familiar setting no matter where they are staying. Originally from the Daytona area where they’d lived in the same threebedroom home for 37 years, the Johnsons had always loved camping and finally went full time in 2007 after retiring. “We had a lot of yard sales, but the people who bought our place had nothing, so we left our home furnished and that made it a lot easier. We even left them our linens and vacuum cleaner,” recalls Georgia. “I used to really decorate for Christmas; now we have a two-foot-high tree that sits on the dash.” Their home on wheels is a 34-foot class A motorhome with two slide-outs, and their two small dogs, Bonnie and Clyde, travel with them. The Johnsons pull a compact-size Nissan on a car dolly behind their motorhome; that extra vehicle makes it easy to explore the area wherever they’re camping. The Johnsons—who, like the Tuckers, stay at one campground for three or four months and volunteer at various campgrounds, including Silver River
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THERE ARE DEFINITE PERKS TO FULL-TIME RVING. THE SCENERY CHANGES AS OFTEN AS YOU WANT IT TO, THERE’S NO MOWING OR YARD WORK AND IT ONLY TAKES A FEW MINUTES TO CLEAN THE HOUSE. YOU DON’T HAVE TO GIVE UP YOUR PETS EITHER; MANY RVERS HAVE DOGS, AND SOME HAVE CATS. RVS DO REQUIRE UPKEEP, BUT IT’S NOTHING COMPARED TO MAINTAINING A HOME. YOU DON’T HAVE THE COST OF PROPERTY TAXES AND HOMEOWNER’S INSURANCE, BUT YOU DO HAVE INSURANCE ON YOUR RV, PAYMENTS, IF IT’S NOT PAID OFF, AND OF COURSE, FUEL. “It will average $25 a day—and that’s on the low end—for a spot in a campground,” says full-time RVer Danny Johnson. “Of course, you have fuel and insurance on your RV and any other vehicle(s) you have. It probably costs about $10,000 a year to RV full time and that’s if you own it outright and aren’t making payments.” It might seem daunting to get mail without a permanent address, but there are mail forwarding services, and many people just rent
gallon, so we went through about 35 gallons if we did 300 miles a day. Gas prices definitely impact RVers,” says Danny. A model railroad buff, he hasn’t given up that hobby; he’s currently building an “N” gauge train set and village on a 2x4-foot board. “We’re more active now than when we lived at home,” notes Georgia, “and I have a lot less housework.” Like most full-time RVers, the Johnsons have no regrets about their on-the-road lifestyle. “We don’t miss anything about not having a home,” says Danny. “We love the freedom!”
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layingthesamegolfcourseweekafterweekcangetboring. Whether you are a scratch golfer or a weekend hacker, a golf getaway can bring the excitement back to your game. Golf has often been called a “good walk spoiled.” As someone who has loved the game since she was a teenager, I have to disagree with that description. I find a golf course to be the best place for a good walk, a place where I can commune with Mother Nature as well as challenge myself mentally and physically. This summer, I’ve been fortunate to get away and play golf courses that are not as well known as the ones on the PGA tour stops, but they offer natural settings where the scenery and challenges rival those found on some of America’s most famous courses. By Mary Ann DeSantis
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Surrounded by the Crooked River and the New River in the Florida Panhandle, St. James Bay Golf Resort is an Audubon-Signature course that I couldn’t get out of my mind when I first saw it a couple years ago. Eco-friendly courses like this are why I love golf, and I was determined to return and play it. Looking back, I’m not sure “play” is the appropriate word, as my husband, my friends and I lost about 20 balls among us during a game last June. If you enjoy nature, then you’ll appreciate the course’s natural hazards. Those same hazards, however, require strategic shots. A long drive off the tee box actually may get you in trouble, as I quickly learned. “The best strategy on some of the holes, particularly number 15, is to lay up near the hazard and then hit your second shot over it,” says Head Golf Professional Steven Hatch, a Texas native who opened the 18-hole course in 2003 for a Dallas company.
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“The owner did not want the wetlands disturbed when he developed St. James Bay,” Hatch explains. “He wanted to keep everything in harmony with nature and opted to go through the rather stringent Audubon process.” In fact, golf course designer Robert Walker worked closely with Audubon International to create a course where wetland and water hazards are present on almost every hole. No doubt St. James Bay is challenging with a slope rating of 139 from the back tees, but the peaceful surroundings reminded me of a walk in the woods. Tee times are spaced a generous 10 minutes apart, so we rarely saw other golfers, even after a well-earned break at the end of the front nine. All the golf carts are equipped with GPS systems that also allow for electronic scorekeeping. A practice facility with a driving range, a chipping green and two putting greens are situated between the rental condominiums and the pro shop. Carrabelle, located in Franklin County, is a small and charming town, but don’t expect a lot of late nightlife. What you will find, though, are friendly locals willing to share the area’s fascinating history. Much of the land where the
golf course is situated was Camp Gordon Johnston, the last stop for many World War II soldiers before they shipped out. If you’re too tired from golfing to leave St. James Bay, the Friday night fish fry at the resort’s Crooked River Grill is a budgetfriendly feast. Plus, Fathom’s Steam Room and The Fisherman’s Wife are two local eateries where fresh seafood is always on the menu. Hatch works with groups to customize golf getaway packages that include not only golf but also eco-tours with boat captain and local historian Chester Reeves to nearby Dog Island, kayaking along the Crooked River and even cooking classes at the resort’s restaurant. St. James Bay Resort is a public course, so it is possible to make a tee time without staying in one of the luxurious condos located on the 18th hole or one of the four unique villas that were built on the radio tower foundations left behind when Camp Gordon Johnston closed. The stay-and-play packages are a good deal for foursomes who want the convenience of a championship course right outside their door. If you are staying at the resort, golf is $50 per person per day, and you can play as many rounds as you want. Nightly rates begin at $162.50 for the condominiums where watching the late evening sunsets from the private balconies is priceless.
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THE KING AND PRINCE BEACH & GOLF RESORT ST.SIMONS ISLAND, GEORGIA KINGANDPRINCE.COM St. Simons Island, the largest of Georgia’s Golden Isles, offers Atlantic Ocean sunrises, picturesque salt marshes, fascinating local history, Southern charm and—I might add—”royal treatment” if you stay at the historic King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, the only beachfront hotel on the island. Although I wanted to spend more time on the beach or at the hotel’s newly renovated pool “paradise,” my mission on this trip was to play the award-winning King and Prince Golf Course, formerly known as The Hampton Club. Prior to the trip, I had been mesmerized by a 3-D graphic
on the hotel’s website that virtually transported me above each of the course’s 18 holes via hole-by-hole flyover. With pristine fairways framed by ancient oaks and views of the Fredericka and Hampton Rivers from the marsh islands, the real course is even more gorgeous than the virtual one. Located on the lessdeveloped northern edge of St. Simons Island, the course is a picturesque 12-mile drive from the hotel. And it’s definitely fun for all levels of golfers, with slope ratings ranging from 121 to 140. One of the unique features about playing at the King and Prince is that foursomes are not
required, an unheard-of option at most golf facilities. “Customers can choose to play by themselves or with others,” says Golf Director Rick Mattox, who has managed the course since it opened in 1989. “We have many couples at the King and Prince celebrating their anniversaries or honeymoons, and they often like to play alone. We try to give them the experience they want.” My husband and I were not celebrating either occasion, but we still elected to play as a twosome. We did not want to be embarrassed if we lost another 20 balls, especially on holes 12 through 15, the course’s four signature holes. When the course was built, golf architect Joe Lee “gently carved” those four greens on small marsh islands. If the course had been built after the 1990 Wetlands Act went into effect, those unique holes would not exist today, and Mattox and his team take great care to operate under the EPA guidelines and regulations to protect them. Accessible only by elevated cart bridges, the island holes looked quite daunting on the virtual course. Hitting the greens was not a problem; however, staying focused on our game was, as a parade of wildlife marched by including deer, osprey and a persistent heron who hovered near a putting green.
The course underwent a renovation in 2009, giving it what Mattox called “a totally different look for the next generation.” Many guests return to the King and Prince, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, because they came as children and want their own children to have the same kind of experiences. It’s not surprising to see generations of families vacationing together because the resort offers so many amenities— oceanfront pools, tennis courts, a full-service spa and casual and fine dining. The King’s Tavern inside the hotel is popular with locals as well as guests because of Chef Jeff Kaplan’s commitment to serving local products and his farm-to-table philosophy. Before golf, I enjoyed his signature King and Prince muffins; after working so hard on my game, I especially appreciated the legendary King and Prince Shrimp & Grits in Tasso Cream. Kaplan says the traditional southern and lowcountry cuisine is appropriate because, after all, “St. Simons is in the heart of southern hospitality.” Seasonal golf packages at the King and Prince begin at $282 per night based on double occupancy, and special promotional opportunities are available though the King and Prince website and Facebook page.
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I will probably never be a great golfer because I get too distracted. And whenever I visit the St. Pete area, I have an especially hard time choosing just one thing to do. This beautiful waterfront city has so much to offer—world-class museums, unique shopping, great restaurants and, as I recently discovered, a 1920s-era golf course that is incredibly woman-friendly. On a recent morning, I managed to focus solely on the links belonging to The Vinoy Renaissance Resort & Golf Club. Located on Snell Island and less than two miles away from the elegant hotel, the Auduboncertified, 18-hole course looks like a botanical garden with its lush landscaping, palm trees, tropical flowers, gorgeous fountains and pristine fairways. If you haven’t played The Vinoy’s course recently, you’ll be amazed at how it has changed, especially the side-by-side fifth and sixth holes. Perfectly landscaped mounds and palms have been added to separate the two fairways so that golfers no longer see each other as they chase balls in opposite directions. Along the 525-yard 18th fairway, shrubbery and flowers have been planted to resemble a gallery of people watching golfers from a distance. “We are constantly evolving and making the course friendlier to play,” explains Director of Golf Randy Mosley. “We’ve made larger
tee boxes, widened fairways and added mounds between some of the holes, which has created elevations and made the greens more private.” Mosley also points out that the ladies tee boxes have a few enhancements that the men’s do not have—specifically flowers that add a zing of color such as birds of paradise. “Our lady members noticed the changes right away and said the course reminded them of a beautiful garden,” Randy says. The attention to women’s golf at the course is not surprising given that the papers to create the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) were signed in 1950 at The Vinoy Club, which houses the pro shop and restaurant. The elaborate clubhouse features the same 1920s Mediterranean Revival architecture as the hotel and is also on the National Register of Historic Places, as is the hotel. Just because the The Vinoy golf course is “friendly,” don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s easy. In 1992, noted Florida golf architect Ron Garl reconstructed the course, which originally opened in 1925 as the Sunset Golf and Country Club. To make it challenging for modern golfers, he used the nine lakes on the property and built lots of bunkers. The course has a slope rating of 130 from the back tees. “You can have a low score on the front nine, but the last three holes on the back nine can easily wreck a near-perfect round, “ says Mosley. “We describe hole 16 as ‘568 yards of sheer terror’.” The Vinoy Club is a private non-equity course. Only club members and hotel guests can play the course, which spaces tee times eight minutes apart. The Vinoy Renaissance offers a variety of seasonal golf packages (with unlimited, same-day play) starting as low as $229 per person or $289 per couple in December.
THE ART OF GOLF Golf inspires all types of people to take up the game, and it has even inspired artists to create extraordinary images, portraits and landscapes—many that have never been seen in the U.S. The Art of Golf, the first major museum exhibition in America devoted to the popular game, opens at the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts on November 3 and runs through February 17, 2013. Organized by the National Galleries of Scotland and Atlanta’s High Museum of Art, the show will feature 90 works by Rembrandt, George Bellows, Norman Rockwell, Andy Warhol and others. The Art of Golf takes a chronological approach to the game, beginning with images of “kolf,” an ancient cousin of the modern game. Rembrandt’s famous etching “The Ringball Player” (1654) will be part of the section on the game’s early history. The centerpiece of the exhibition, however, is “The Golfers,” an 1847 painting by Charles Lees that has been reproduced for clubhouses around the world. Quintessential American artist Andy Warhol’s portrait of professional golfer Jack Nicklaus is also featured. For ticket information, please visit fine-arts.org or call (727) 896-2667.
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too enamored with the scenery to think about lining up a perfect putt. “People fly in from all over the country to play here,” says Kerry Rosselet, membership director. “Some golfers have bucket list courses they want to play, and The Quarry is usually one of them.” The Quarry, which opened in 1987, may be the most famous of Black Diamond’s three courses, but the others are just as beautiful and challenging. The Ranch, also 18 holes, is a little more rugged than The Quarry, and designer Fazio has said that the course’s final three holes “represent the best three finishing holes I’ve ever designed.” Although The Highlands is only nine holes, don’t get the mistaken idea that it’s an executive course. With elevations as high as 150 feet, the par-36 course has a slope rating of 147, making it one of this country’s most challenging. A stay-and-play package at Black Diamond Ranch after November 1 runs $399 per person and includes two rounds of golf. The club manages several beautifully decorated houses where golfers can enjoy a home-away-from-home inside the private community.
f you said “Yes!”, then Ocala Style has you covered! We’re giving two separate readers the chance to visit The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort on St. Simons Island, Georiga. Winners will receive a two-night stay in an oceanfront room complete with a breakfast buffet for two each morning and two rounds of golf for two at The King and Prince Golf Course, courtesy of The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort. Want to go? Visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/ocalastyle and stay tuned for details on how to win. It’s that simple! Photo by Tony DeS antis
What do tennis great Pete Sampras, NBA star Julius Irving, ballet legend Mikhail Baryshnikov, former Governor Jeb Bush and golf legend Tiger Woods have in common? They’ve all played golf at Black Diamond Ranch, a 45-hole, Tom Fazio-designed course in Lecanto. The secluded development off County Road 491 is home to one of America’s Greatest 100 Golf Courses, according to Golf Digest Magazine. And Black Diamond has received that honor for 22 consecutive years as well as many other prestigious awards for golf communities. Its beauty is undeniable, but with that beauty comes challenges that are unique for a Florida course— specifically 80-foot cliffs surrounding the signature holes on The Quarry, Black Diamond’s most iconic course. Just as I headed out in a golf cart, monsoon-like rains rolled in, and I was unable to play the course that was “cut to perfection” from an old limestone quarry. That is probably just as well because I was awe-struck from the moment I checked in at Black Diamond’s private entrance and saw the postcard-like view of The Quarry’s 15th hole to my distant right. I was
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ge is just a number for many seniors who spend their days participating in their favorite sports. They certainly defy the image of what many people think retired means. If anything, it’s not sitting in a rocking chair and watching sports on television… it’s more about lacing up the running shoes, picking up a racquet, swinging a bat or even breaking a board with one quick kick. And they aren’t alone. Millions of Americans over the age of 55 participate in regular forms of exercise and team sports. While some seniors still insist playing sports is too hard or harmful, studies show that “taking it easy” can be even riskier. When people lose their ability to be independent, it’s often because they have not been active. According to the U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Physical Activity and Health, inactive people are twice
as likely to develop heart disease or other illnesses. They also require more medicines and visits to the doctor. Studies also show that planned, structured and repetitive sports help seniors improve or maintain cognitive functions, such as shifting quickly between tasks, planning activities and ignoring irrelevant information. Need more proof? Just read how sports have improved the lives of these area seniors who can’t stop moving.
hen I arrive at a coffee shop to interview James Skinner, I have a very hard time finding him in the crowd. I am looking for a 90 year old, but I don’t see anyone who looks like a nonagenarian. When a thin man in running shorts and shoes greets me first with a strong voice and a firm handshake, I realize this man defies the limitations often associated with the elderly. The U.S. Marine veteran unabashedly tells me he’s something special.
“I’ve survived four military campaigns in the Pacific during WWII, including Iwo Jima,” he says. “I’ve had malaria, I’ve fallen more than 30 feet and I’ve survived cancer.” All of it, he believes, has made him stronger. He’s a formidable competitor, but he seemingly would rather talk about his military service than his athletic accomplishments, which includes a tandem skydive on his 90th birthday last May. James has consistently won gold medals in Senior Games in cycling and running. In December, he plans to compete in the statewide Senior Games in Ft. Myers. He hopes to qualify for a spot in the national games to be held next summer in Cleveland. In addition to Senior Games competitions, he has participated for several years in the National
James was always athletic. In high school, he was on the cross country running team and a gymnast. His dad wouldn’t let him join the U.S. Marines until after his 1942 graduation. He says it was his battlefield experience that made him a fast runner. “I run like I do because I had a machine gunner shooting at [me],” he says with a laugh. After the war, he married and went to college in New York. He moved to the St. Petersburg area in the mid-1950s to be near his mother and sister, who was a Weeki Wachee mermaid. He built swimming pools, and he and his late wife Colene raised six children, who were all great swimmers. Swimming remains his favorite activity, although he’s discovered ballroom dancing since moving to The Villages five years ago.
“I run like I do because I had a machine gunner shooting at me.” —James Skinner
Veterans Golden Age Games. He took first place last year in the cycling events and in the one-half- and one-quarter-mile track events. He also placed third in the swimming freestyle event for the 85+ division. “No one can beat me in cycling,” he says in a matter-of-fact tone. “Running may be a different story. I’m in the 85+ category, and I could be in trouble if another runner just turned 85.” Nevertheless, he goes to the track at 7:30am three days a week to run and work with a coach. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, he is in his swimming pool by 7am to work out with a noodle to simulate bicycling.
“I work out in the pool every day in one way or another,” he explains. So, does this senior super jock eat anything special? “I have a coffee and a piece of toast every morning,” he says. “I’ve never had a special diet—and I never will.” As far as his philosophy, James says it’s simply to keep moving and take life one day at a time. “There’s no such thing as an easy way to do things,” he explains. “You’ve got to know your limitations and understand what your own body can do.”
ennis has always been a big part of Lisa Danuff ’s life. After moving to Ocala in 1973, she and her late husband, Mort, taught math at Vanguard High School where they also coached the tennis teams. Since retiring, it’s not unusual to find her on the courts five days a week. In addition to swinging a tennis racquet, she also knows how to swing a golf club. “When my husband and I retired, we picked Ocala Palms because we wanted to play both tennis and golf,” she says. She emphasizes that both her golf and tennis games are strictly social now.
“When my husband and I retired, we picked Ocala Palms because we wanted to play both tennis and golf.” —Lisa Danuff “We have friendly competitions,” she says with a laugh. “Everyone is out to have a good time and not get too serious about it.” Her four children—two boys and two girls—grew up to be tennis
players as well. Not surprisingly, the Danuffs played tennis as a family. Despite a bout with tennis elbow, Lisa has not had a serious injury due to tennis. She acknowledges that it may be hard for some seniors to take up a sport if they’ve never played before. “If they want to play, though, I think they should just go for it,” she says.
ae kwon do is more than a sport to Drew Loiacono. It’s his mission to get more seniors involved in the martial art that he says improves balance, coordination, self-confidence and concentration. He began studying the Korean discipline in 1975 and received a Black Belt in 1979. For 16 years, he operated a martial arts studio in Fort Lauderdale. When he moved to The Villages in 2006, a bad hip was slowing him down. “I had a hip replacement in 2008, and I can kick now as good as I ever did,” he says with a chuckle. Tae kwon do emphasizes kicking techniques because the leg is the longest and strongest
Two years ago, he started a tae kwon do group that now boasts 60 members and meets at least three mornings each week. “Martial arts seem very mysterious to people, but they hear about it from friends and want to see what we’re doing,” he says. “Some have wanted to study tae kwon do for years but couldn’t take it when they were younger and working or raising families.” Drew has many women join his classes because they want the strength and fitness that comes with the activity. Others are looking to increase self-confidence, coordination and concentration. “Many are taking the first step to reach new goals that they
weapon a martial artist has. Kicks distinguish it from karate or kung fu. One of the most popular martial arts with both men and women of all ages, tae kwon do is also known for the breaking of wooden boards, bricks or tiles, which requires the participant to master both the physical technique as well as the concentration to focus one’s power. “I had lunch with my grand master when I decided to move here,” says Drew. “He said I needed to continue teaching tae kwon do, but to seniors who could benefit from the techniques.”
thought were out of the question,” he says. Success doesn’t come easy, he adds. “At this particular age, nothing comes easily,” he says. “It takes longer to achieve goals, but if you make the commitment and work at it, you can excel.”
“I had a hip replacement in 2008, and I can kick now as good as I ever did.” —Drew Loiacono
renchie Le Tan grew up in a tough section of Baltimore, but playing baseball and softball kept him focused. His lifelong love of baseball led him to play fast-pitch softball throughout his adult life, often with nationally prominent teams. “People here recognize many of the team names like Carling Brewery and Fitzburgers,” says Frenchie. Today, he plays on and manages three slow-pitch teams. One of his teams, Walnut Street Security, is ranked No. 1 in Florida. “I didn’t start playing slow-pitch softball until 1988,” he says. I gave up fast-pitch at age 49 because it was hard to compete
“Slow pitch gives everyone an opportunity to play, and it’s taken over in popularity. There are a few fast-pitch softball teams left but not as many as there used to be.” Frenchie plays first base on all of his teams. He says he’s “slowed up” a little this fall because he’ll play only three times a week and travel to out-of-town games once a month. He still finds time to play golf twice a week, work out at a health club and spend time with his wife of 61 years, Shirley. As the manager of his teams, he works to maintain relationships with sponsors, organizes trips and does pretty much anything that needs to be done. He also scouts for new players who are moving to the area, many of which played on nationally ranked teams. “I think softball has surpassed golf as an incentive to move to this area,” he says. “When
“I’ve met people here that I played against in Maryland years ago.” —Frenchie Le Tan with younger guys. Slow-pitch leagues have given guys over 50 an opportunity to play ball again.” Fast-pitch softball is a pitcher’s game, while slow-pitch is a hitter’s game. The fast-pitch game depends on a powerful pitcher who can throw with great speed, sometimes up to 100 miles per hour. Slow pitchers have a 12-foot arc that allows batters to put the ball into play more easily. The difference makes it much easier for seniors to pick up the game later in life. “The ball is thrown softly, and people can learn to hit it,” he explains. “Timing and coordination come together faster and better than it does in fast pitch.”
people hear about the softball program, they want to come. I’ve met people here that I played against in Maryland years ago.” A resident of The Villages for 12 years, Frenchie says softball players in the retirement community “probably lead the world in knee replacements and rotator cuff operations.” He recommends new players take time to get back in shape, especially the legs. And then it’s all about doing things in moderation. “Some guys think they are 22 again and pull muscles right away,” he says. “On my three teams, I think we have five guys out for knee replacements.”
When players are healthy, though, Frenchie says watching them is one of the most enjoyable things about the game. He also says that softball has given many people a way to stay healthy. “A lot of guys my age are sitting on a couch all day,” he says. “We have guys playing four or five times a week who say that’s where they’d be if it weren’t for softball.”
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EARLY 26 MILLION AMERICANS SUFFER FROM DIABETES, A CONDITION CAUSED BY HIGH LEVELS OF BLOOD SUGAR AND A SUBSEQUENT PROBLEM WITH INSULIN PRODUCTION. DUE TO AMERICA’S GROWING OBESITY PROBLEM, AN INCREASING NUMBER OF CHILDREN AND ADULTS ARE CONTRACTING TYPE 2 DIABETES. GOVERNMENT HEALTH PROGRAMS AND PRIVATE DIABETES AWARENESS GROUPS CONTINUALLY MAKE ATTEMPTS TO EDUCATE PEOPLE ABOUT THIS CHRONIC DISEASE. NOVEMBER IS NATIONAL DIABETES MONTH, SO WE’VE DEDICATED THE PULSE SECTION OF OCALA STYLE TO HELPING YOU LEARN HOW TO PREVENT DIABETES.
percent of the U.S. population that has diabetes.
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people in America have prediabetes.
1 400 IN EVERY
children has diabetes.
Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure.
» Age 45 or older
» Exercise at least 30 minutes, five days a week.
» Immediate family member with diabetes
Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness in adults.
» Abnormal cholesterol levels » High blood pressure » Lack of sufficient exercise » Prediabetes
» Maintain a low-fat, healthy and varied diet. » Educate yourself on your family history and personal medical history. » Become familiar with risk factors and signs of diabetes.
Sources: ndep.nih.gov, diabetes.org, diabetes.diabetesjournals.org
Glucose from the foods we eat Glucose builds up in the bloodstream and can’t get to the body’s tissue cells due to inadequate insulin.
DISSECTING DIABETES IT’S ALL ABOUT THE INSULIN
HEN WE EAT A MEAL, OUR PANCREAS RELEASES THE HORMONE INSULIN TO SHUTTLE NUTRIENTS, PARTICULARLY SUGAR (GLUCOSE), INTO THE CELLS OF OUR BODY TISSUES, WHICH IN TURN PRODUCES ENERGY. BETA CELLS IN THE PANCREAS REGULATE THE AMOUNT OF INSULIN ENTERING THE CELLS TO AVOID HIGH OR LOW BLOOD SUGAR. BUT IN PEOPLE WITH SOME FORM OF DIABETES, THIS KEY BODILY PROCESS BECOMES COMPROMISED AND LEADS TO VARIOUS COMPLICATIONS.
Insulin produced in the pancreas
HERE’S A LOOK AT THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF DIABETES: Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease where the body’s immune system destroys the pancreas’s beta cells and thus no insulin is produced. This lack of insulin prevents sugar from moving into the body’s tissue cells, building up in the bloodstream instead and leading to high blood sugar. Type 1 diabetes may occur at any age, but it is more common in people under 20. Only 5 percent of people with diabetes have type 1, and susceptibility can be inherited. It occurs equally in men and women and more commonly in Caucasians than African Americans. Doctors believe that environmental factors such as toxins or a virus could trigger the body’s autoimmune response that causes type 1 diabetes.
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thirst and appetite (especially after eating); frequent urination; dry mouth; blurred vision; fatigue; abdominal pain; nausea/occasional vomiting; frequent infections of the skin, urinary tract and vagina; heavy, labored breathing.
blood vessels of the eyes, kidneys and heart, which can lead to heart attack, stroke, blindness or kidney failure; nerve damage in feet (neuropathy); diabetic coma.
abnormalities in blood sugar levels during random fasting blood COMPLICATIONS: Diabetic test (FPG), oral glucose ketoacidosis (DKA), which tolerance test (OGTT); is the combination of high check for glucose or blood sugar, dehydration ketones in urine. and acid buildup in the bloodstream and can be life-threatening; atheroTREATMENT: Insulin sclerosis (hardening of the injections, diet large arteries) and damage modifications and to nerves and small exercise.
Similar to Type 1, but beta cells are destroyed by outside factors such as pancreatic surgery or cystic fibrosis.
TYPE 2 DIABETES
The pancreas of people with type 2 diabetes produces insulin, but either it’s an inadequate amount or the body cannot use it efficiently. Sugar (glucose) builds up in the bloodstream and, if uncontrolled, leads to damage throughout the body. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes, affecting 90-95 percent of the 26 million Americans with some form of the disease.
HIGH RISK FACTORS:
Obese/overweight; over 45; family history of type 2; sedentary lifestyle; high blood pressure; history of gestational diabetes; prediabetes; high triglyceride levels/ low HDL cholesterol.
SYMPTOMS, COMPLICATIONS & DIAGNOSIS: See type 1. TREATMENT: Oral medications; insulin injections; diet modifications and exercise.
People with prediabetes have blood glucose levels that are higher than normal, but they are not high enough to be considered diabetic. Those with prediabetes are at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes as well as heart disease and stroke.
During pregnancy, hormonal changes lead almost all women to experience some level of impaired glucose intolerance. But only 4 percent actually develop gestational diabetes. To offset this surge of hormones, the mother’s pancreas has to produce about three times as much insulin as normal to maintain a steady blood sugar level. When the pancreas isn’t able to meet this demand, gestational diabetes develops.
HIGH RISK FACTORS:
TYPE 2 DIABETES IN CHILDREN
According to the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, being overweight is the single greatest risk factor contributing to a child developing type 2 diabetes. Being overweight generally stems from a lack of physical exercise and an unhealthy diet. Other high risk factors include being female, having a family history of diabetes or being American Indian, African American, Asian or Hispanic/Latino.
TREATMENT: Weight loss through a healthy diet
Overweight prior to pregnancy; prediabetic; family history of diabetes; previously giving birth to a baby over 9 pounds or to a stillborn baby; polyhydramnios (too much amniotic fluid); being Hispanic, African American, Native American or Asian.
DIAGNOSIS: Oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT); high-risk women screened as early as possible; other women between 24 and 28th week of pregnancy.
blood sugar levels; tracking ketones in urine; doctor-ordered specific dietary guidelines; doctorCOMPLICATIONS: Increased supervised exercise risk of miscarriage; birth program; controlling high defects in the brain and blood pressure; taking heart; large baby. insulin if necessary.
and exercise program; medication if necessary.
THE NUMBERS GAME
FASTING PLASMA GLUCOSE TEST (FPG)
ORAL GLUCOSE TOLERANCE TEST (OGTT)
NORMAL: Less than 140 mg/dl PREDIABETES/GESTATIONAL DIABETES: 140-199 mg/dl DIABETES: 200 mg/dl or above
After an overnight or eight-hour fast during Following FPG, you take a dose of high-sugar the day, this blood test measures glucose (glucose) solution to see how quickly your body levels before you eat again. clears the sugar from your blood. After a specific amount of time, another blood glucose test is done. NORMAL: Less than 100mg/dl (milligrams per
PREDIABETES: Levels of 100-125 mg/dl DIABETES: 126 mg/dl or above
Sources: webmd.com; American Diabetes Association (diabetes.org)
TYPE 1 DIABETES
The standard of excellence set by MARION HEART ASSOCIATES continues at their newest location at Heather Island in Silver Springs Shores. The staff notes the importance of caregivers’ health during the month of November.
Kriti Kumari, MD (Primary Care/Internal Medicine)
Rebecca Boone, ARNP (Primary Care/Internal Medicine)
n our day-to-day lives, often not considered are the other heroes of the home: those individuals who are caring for a disabled child, sibling, parent, grandparent or other extended family member. Caregivers often go unrecognized for the great sacrifice, compassion, selflessness and commitment they provide to loved ones. According to national statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and AARP, approximately 50 million family members are providing care for loved ones 18 years of age and older and an estimated 90 percent of all long-term care is provided by unpaid caregivers. November is National Caregivers Month, and the doctors and staff at Marion Heart
Associates’ newest location at Heather Island in Silver Springs Shores make it their priority to ensure that their patients are receiving the best possible care both at the clinic and once they return home. “Everyone needs to be taken care of. It’s part of our responsibility to make sure our patients get the best care,” says Rebecca Boone, nurse practitioner at the new Heather Island facility. The internal medicine clinic recently opened and is led by Dr. Kriti Kumari, M.D., and Rebecca. “We are not just a cardiology office,” says Rebecca, who has been a nurse practitioner for three years. She notes the importance of seeing to her patients’ needs on multiple levels, including diagnosis and treatment, follow-up appointments
and recommendations as well as educating caregivers at home of the patient’s needs. “Caregivers often discount the need to attend to their own health. As health care providers, we not only have a responsibility to our patients but also to those who care for them. We think it is our responsibility to provide and recommend available resources,” she says, noting that the health of the caregiver is as important as the patient. The newest location of Marion Heart Associates will follow in the tradition of the sister facilities in Ocala and Summerfield. Patients are guaranteed the best possible care with state-of-the-art equipment and diagnostic services. And, as an internal medicine office, patients seeking a primary care physician are encouraged to meet Dr. Kumari, Rebecca and the whole team who are committed to all aspects of patient care.
“It’s not just the cardiology patients who needs to be cared for but the caregivers as well. They can’t neglect their own health,” says Rebecca. “Everyone deserves a team of doctors looking out for them.” For more information on caregiving, Dr. Kumari recommends visiting caregiver.org and aoa.gov.
Marion Heart Associates 7578 Maricamp Road # 102 (in Publix shopping center) Ocala, FL 34472 (352) 680-0257 MarionHeartAssociates.com Accepting new patients and most insurances
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DID YOU KNOW? T
HE DIABETES PREVENTION PROGRAM, A LARGE CLINICAL TRIAL DONE IN COLLABORATION WITH THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION AND THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH, STUDIED MORE THAN 3,200 ADULTS 25 OR OLDER WHO HAD AN INCREASED RISK OF DEVELOPING TYPE 2 DIABETES. The results showed that lifestyle changes in diet and exercise can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. Participants who made the recommended lifestyle changes reduced their risk of getting type 2 diabetes by 58 percent. When it came to exercise, the study recommended 150 minutes (30 minutes a day, 5 days a week) to help prevent or delay onset of the disease.
GET UP & MOVE
AN EXERCISE FOR EVERYONE
10 BENEFITS OF BEING ACTIVE WHEN LIVING WITH DIABETES:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
AEROBIC: Brisk walking; dancing; low-impact aerobic class;
swimming, biking; stationary bike. Start slowly and build up to 30 minutes five to six days a week.
STRENGTH TRAINING: Lifting light free weights; using weight machines at the gym or at home; calisthenics. All build strong bones and muscles. Start slowly and build up to 20-30 minutes two to three times a week.
Improve blood glucose management Lower blood pressure
FLEXIBILITY EXERCISES: Yoga, pilates and simple stretches keep muscles and joints flexible to reduce chance of injury during physical activities. Do five to 10 minutes before and after working out.
Improve HDL, Lower LDL Take less insulin or diabetes pills
EVERYDAY ACTIVITIES: Walk instead of drive whenever possible;
take stairs instead of elevators/escalators; park at the far end of the mall parking area; walk laps around and down store aisles; do yard/housework.
Lose weight and keep it off Lower risk for other health problems Gain more energy and sleep better Reduce stress, anxiety and depression Build stronger bones and muscles Be more flexible
EXERCISE INTENSITY LIGHT CALORIES BURNED BY WALKING, LIGHT GARDENING, GENTLE STRETCHING
MODERATE CALORIES BURNED BY BRISK WALKING, CARRYING/ PULLING GOLF CLUBS, DOUBLES TENNIS, BIKING 5-9MPH
HIGH CALORIES BURNED BY JOGGING, RACE WALKING, SWIMMING LAPS, SINGLES TENNIS, BIKING 10MPH.
Note: Always check with your health care provider before beginning any exercise program.
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The National Institute of Health reports that 34.5 million people suffer from hearing loss and hearing loss is twice as common in people with diabetes. Why?
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D DIABETIC RECIPES
(Courtesy of diabetes.o rg, Fast and Flavorful: Great Diabetes Meals fro m Market to Table) 2 whole-wheat relish hamburger rolls Several drops hot (2 ounces each) pepper sauce 2 scallions, thinly Salt sliced
HEALTHY EATING D
» Lean meats, such as sirloin and pork loin
» Poultry, but remove skin from chicken and turkey
» Whole grains instead of processed grain products
» 45-60 grams of carbohydrates per meal to keep blood sugar levels under control
» Non-fat dairy, such as skim milk, non-fat cheese and non-fat yogurt
Olive oil spray
S U P E R F O O D S
STARCH; 1/2 CARBOHYDRATE; 5 LEAN MEAT
Burger photo by The Spontaneous Hausfrau, spontaneoushausfrau.com
sardines, which are high in omega-3 fatty acids.
FAT-FREE MILK & YOGURT:
FISH: Go for salmon and
Good source of vitamin D and calcium; yogurt provides probiotics.
raw, provide vitamin C, lycopene, iron and vitamin E.
BREAKING DOWN THE BURGER MF AL FA AT SAT T: 7. : 66 . FA 3 g T: MO 1 . 3 NO g UN CH SATUR OLE A S T TED SO EROL FAT: 3 DIU : 7 8m g M: CAR 6 1 5 g mg BO HY DIE DRAT TAR ES: Y 4 SU FIBER 1 . 9 GA g RS : 5 . :1 3 g PR 4 OTE . 2 G IN: 4
TOMATOES: Cooked or
NUTS & SEEDS: An ounce of nuts/seeds provides healthy fats, magnesium and fiber.
Strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and blueberries are antioxidant and vitamin powerhouses, as well as good sources of fiber.
WHOLE GRAINS: Good source of B vitamins, including folate; minerals like magnesium, potassium and chromium; omega-3 fatty acids; and fiber.
swap for white potatoes, providing fiber and vitamin A.
SWEET POTATOES: A good
D I A B E T E S
CITRUS FRUIT: Oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruit provide vitamin C and soluble fiber.
» Low-calorie snacks and desserts
» Fish two to three times a week
and collards are low in carbohydrates and calories and are good sources of fiber, as well as magnesium and potassium.
Split hamburger rolls in half; toast in toaster or under broiler until gol den brown. Remove the stem end of the sca llions, break into three pieces and chop in foo d processor. Add tuna, pickle relish, hot pepper sau Remove ingredients from ce to food processor. food processor and mix in egg white. Form into two burgers. Heat a non stick skillet over mediu m heat and spray with olive oil. Add tuna burgers and sauté for 5 minutes; tur n over and sauté for 3 mo re minutes. Serve on roll s.
» Liquid oils for cooking instead of solid fats, which are high in trans and saturated fats
» Dried beans, like pinto and kidney beans, and lentils
DARK GREEN LEAFY VEGETABLES: Spinach, kale
¼ cup sweet pickle
» Lots of vegetables and fruits to reach a daily goal of 25-38 grams of fiber a day
BEANS: High in fiber, providing about 1/3 of your daily requirement in just a 1/2 cup; also a good source of potassium and magnesium, two blood sugar-balancing minerals.
» Water instead of soda, juices and other sugar-sweetened drinks
» Non-starchy vegetables, such as asparagus, carrots, spinach, green beans, broccoli and beets
¾ pound fresh tuna
Asparagus © Morten Degn; Beans © Teresa Azevedo; Blueberries © Danny Smythe; Salmon © Josh Withers / Shuttertock.com
Diabetic-Friendly Texas Tuna Burgers
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SWEET SOLUTIONS FOR BLOOD SUGAR PROBLEMS BY
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f you’re among the 79 million Americans with prediabetes—higher-than-healthy blood sugar levels that pave the way for diabetes and other health concerns—we’ve got sweet and sour news. The sour news? New evidence says high levels of blood sugar double age-related brain shrinkage. That translates into shrinkage of memory and thinking skills. The sweet news? It’s easier than ever to say “no thanks” to prediabetes. Small upgrades in your life (a little weight loss and
a little activity) work best. They slash your risk of progressing to diabetes by at least 58 percent; drugs manage only a 31 percent improvement. Wondering if you have prediabetes? One in three adults does—including half of all people over age 65. Yet fewer than 10 percent of these folks know that their blood sugar is creeping into the not-so-sweet danger zone. So before you say, “Hey, Dr. Mike and Dr. Oz: How did I get diabetes?” get hip to what raises your risk. The hit parade: being older than 44, a bit overweight, exercising fewer than three times a week, eating fried food or red meat more than once a week,
ONE IN THREE ADULTS HAVE PREDIABETES. YET FEWER THAN 10 PERCENT OF THESE FOLKS KNOW THAT THEIR BLOOD SUGAR IS CREEPING INTO THE NOT-SOSWEET DANGER ZONE.
having close blood relatives with diabetes or having a family background that is African-American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, Asian-American or Pacific Islander. Women who’ve had gestational diabetes or who have delivered a baby weighing 9 pounds or more also are at higher risk. If any of those MOs sounds familiar or if you’re feeling rundown, hungry, thirsty and have some vision issues, it’s past time to get your blood sugar level checked. If you find out your numbers are even a bit high, try these steps to bring them down:
LOSE A LITTLE. Shed 7 percent of your body weight—that’s 15 pounds if you now weigh 220! It’s enough to shrink deep abdominal fat, which churns out inflammation-boosting compounds. Those culprits interfere with your body’s ability to process blood sugar, or as we docs say, “Fat, especially abdominal fat, promotes insulin resistance.” TRADE ONE TV SHOW FOR A WALK... or move while you watch. A halfhour stroll instead of those daily reruns of “Friends” is all it takes to lower your risk for diabetes by 30 percent. Sitting on your bum watching TV for two hours a day raises your risk by 23 percent—a great reason to march in place or spin while watching “NCIS”! SIP SOMETHING NEW. Switching from sodas to seltzer flavored with a squeeze of lemon or a tall glass of water doubles your chances for losing weight. You sidestep sugars that boost blood glucose and fire up diabetes-promoting inflammation.
SNACK AT THE FARM STAND. The fiber!
The vitamins and minerals! Being a produce fan cuts your risk for blood-sugar problems by 30 percent. Pair juicy, fresh fruit and veggies with whole grains (blueberries on your oatmeal, fresh tomatoes over whole-grain noodles).
GO NUTS. Almond butter at lunch,
crunchy almonds in your morning yogurt, a handful of walnuts for a late-afternoon snack—these nuts contain good fats and help your blood sugar, too.
CHOOSE SMART FATS. Try a diet with your only fats coming from odd-numbered omega fatty acids. Omega-3s (found in canola oil, salmon, walnuts and avocados) and omega-9s (in olive oil) may be a key to reversing prediabetes. Also, supplementing with DHA omega-3s and purified omega-7 seems to decrease triglycerides, and some early human studies indicate that purified omega-7 also may lower LDL cholesterol and inflammatory markers, reduce insulin resistance and boost HDL. FIND YOUR TRIBE. We’re excited about diabetes-prevention programs at YMCAs, hospitals, community centers and other locales. They let you meet other smart people who are on a mission to slash their diabetes risk and give you the chance to work with a trained diabetes-prevention coach. Some insurance companies cover these programs; we think they all should! To find one near you, check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s online locater at cdc.gov/diabetes/ prevention/recognition/registry Sweet!
Mehmet Oz, M.D. is host of The Dr. Oz Show, and Mike Roizen, M.D. is Chief Medical Officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. For more information go to www.RealAge.com. (c) 2012 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D. Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.
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From general checkups to a complete smile restoration, Weldon Dental offers the latest dental technologies and progressive treatments to produce dramatic results more comfortably and quickly than you ever thought possible.
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Every patient with back pain wants to avoid surgery or use surgery as a last resort. How can you do it? The answer is right here in North Central Florida! Last year, Dr. Zhou of the Florida Pain and Rehabilitation Center published an expert editorial article: “Back Pain, How to Avoid Surgery” in the British Journal of Medical Practitioner. It summarized the current scientific evidence regarding the subject and Dr. Zhou’s daily practice in an attempt to help thousands of patients relieve their back pain without surgery. Being a leading pain specialist and neurologist, Dr. Zhou’s most recent book chapter “Principle of Pain Management” for Neurology in Clinical Practice, 6th edition was released in May 2012. This book presents current knowledge and recent advances in the field of pain medicine and neurology and provides guidance for all practicing neurologists worldwide.
YiLi Zhou, MD, PhD.
Harvard Trained Pain Specialist Author of numerous articles and book chapters for pain management Distinguished Physician Award by Florida Medical Association 2004, 2006 Physician Recognition Award by American Medical Association 2003 Former Director of Jackson Memorial Hospital Pain Clinic, University of Miami BOARD CERTIFIED BY: American Board of Pain Medicine American Board of Interventional Pain Physician American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Many of Dr. Zhou’s patients feel very lucky to have such a top-notch scholar and practitioner in North Central Florida. Traditionally, people need three epidural steroid injections to feel sciatica relief. You may only need one or two from Dr. Zhou. With his accurate diagnostic skills, high moral ethics and high success rate, Dr. Zhou always tells his patients after treatment, “You do not have to come back if you do not have pain,” and many of his patients find there really is no need to return because they are pain free. However, they refer many of their closest family and friends to his practice. Along with Dr. Zhou, his associates, Dr. Warycha and Dr. Vu, have already helped many people suffering from chronic pain. Dr. Warycha is a board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist. His area of expertise is nerve function study, and he excels at using ultrasound-guided joint injections. “This technique is more accurate and allows me to treat the exact pain site instead of the general area,” he says. Dr. Vu is a board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist and pain specialist. Together with other team members, Dr. Vu offers a comprehensive approach to treating pain using minimally invasive non-surgical treatment. FLPRC has had an outstanding record in treating and eliminating pain. Dr. Zhou and his staff offer an honest and compassionate approach to pain management and have become one of the most popular groups of practitioners in the area. For the last serveral years, many residents in The Villages have traveled to Ocala and even Gainesville to see Dr. Zhou. These patients now can receive convenient comprehensive pain care with Dr. Zhou and his new office in The Villages! Now open!
Just listen to what one of his patients has to say: “I am very pleased with the treatment and the results of the treatment I received at Dr. Zhou’s office. I can rest easier knowing that there is a doctor who cares and can help me with the treatment. It is worth it to travel hundreds of miles to see him. I will happily refer anyone I know that is having problems with pain to Dr. Zhou’s office.” Consult with this outstanding team today, and learn how you can begin leading a pain-free life without surgery!
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cup unsweetened cocoa powder
tsp vanilla extract
tbsp buckwheat flour
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp apple cider vinegar ½ drops KAL liquid stevia
tsp sea salt
cup shredded dried coconut (optional)
Photo courtesy of Kristin Kons, eatingwithpurpose.com.
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T’S THE MONTH OF COOL BREEZES, GORGEOUS LEAVES AND, OF COURSE, DELICIOUS FOOD. FOR ALL THE FUN-FILLED GET-TOGETHERS PLANNED THIS FALL, YOU’LL NEED SOME CREATIVE RECIPES TO KEEP PARTYGOERS ON THEIR TOES. THESE DIPS WILL MAKE GUESTS FEEL LIKE THEY SCORED A TOUCHDOWN BEFORE THE GAME EVEN STARTS.
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The Great Pumpkin Dip
Courtesy of Leslie Durso, lesliedurso.com 8 ounces vegan or regular crea m cheese
Courtesy of Kevin Lynch, closetcooking.com 1⁄2 pound ground beef
Perfect Pepperoni Pizza Dip
cup roasted puréed pumpkin (or canned pumpkin)
3⁄4 tbsp cinnamon 1⁄4
tbsp taco seasoning
ounces cream cheese, room temperature
Courtesy of Kevin Lynch, closetcooking.com 4 ounces of cream cheese, room temperature
cup sour cream
cup sour cream
cup mozzarella, grated
cup Parmesan, grated
cup maranara sauce
ounces pepperoni, sliced
Courtesy of Michelle Norris, browneyedbaker.com 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
tbsp green pepper, sliced
11⁄2 cups Swiss cheese, shredded
tbsp black olives, sliced
ounces deli sliced corned beef, chopped
cup thousand island dressing
cup drained sauerkraut
cup jack cheese, shredded dded 1⁄2 cup cheddar cheese, shre ) 1 cup lettuce, shredded (opt 1 tomato, diced (opt)
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Mix cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, mozzarella and Parmesan, spreading it across the bottom of a pie plate. Add maranara sauce on top, and sprinkle on cheese, pepperoni, green pepper and olives. Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for about 20 minutes or until the sides are bubbling and the cheese has melted and turned golden brown on top.
11⁄2 tsp powdered sugar Blend ingredients together using a hand mixer until smooth. Serve with crackers, graham crackers, fruit or chocolate.
Red Hot Reuben Dip
Combine cream cheese, one cup Swiss cheese, dressing and corned beef in a large bowl. Spread in a pie plate or other shallow serving dish. Top with sauerkraut and remaining 1/2 cup of Swiss cheese, and bake in preheated 400-degree oven for about 15 minutes or until it becomes bubbly around the edges. Serve hot with pretzel crisps, chips or cocktail-sized rye bread squares.
Source: Kevin Lynch, closetcooking.com; Leslie Durso. lesliedurso.com; & Michelle Norris, browneyedbaker.com
Delicioso Taco Dip
Forest Diner & Ice Cream Parlor celebrates its one-year anniversary this month. Owned by Lois Rosenbaum, the eatery specializes in homemade country cooking, serving up breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. Wednesday is all-youcan-eat spaghetti, and Friday features an all-you-can-eat fish dinner. There are also different daily specials for every meal. A full-fledged Dmytro Mykhailov / Shutterstock.com ice cream parlor, as well, it offers premium, locally made DeConna ice cream. Whether you’re craving a sundae, banana split, milk shake or a triple dip cone, you’ll find it here. Homemade cakes and pies are also available. Open 6am-9pm every day. 16460 E. Hwy 40, Silver Springs (352) 289-4338
Front Porch Restaurant & Pie Shop reopened on July 3 after closing for renovations for over a month due to someone accidentally driving through the front of the restaurant. Fortunately, everything is back to normal, which is good MSPhotographic / Shutterstock.com news not only for breakfast, lunch and dinner patrons but also for those who depend on this family-owned and –operated establishment for their Continued on page 80
Source: webmd.com Dish Towel Rack© Blazej Lyjak; Sponge © k_sasiwimol; Cutting Board © Joe Gough; Raw Meat © Ruckhhenko Lillia / Shutterstock.com
CLEAN UP YOUR KITCHEN
HE KITCHEN SHOULD BE A PLACE WHERE PEOPLE COME TOGETHER TO PREPARE MEALS AND UNWIND AT THE END OF THE DAY. BUT WHAT IF YOU FOUND OUT THAT YOU WERE BEING JOINED FOR DINNER BY MILLIONS OF UNWANTED GUESTS? GERMS AND BACTERIA ARE MORE PREVALENT IN THE KITCHEN THAN ANY OTHER ROOM IN THE HOUSE. FOLLOW THESE FIXES TO KEEP YOUR KITCHEN SAFE AND SANITIZED.
TOSS THE TOWELS. Towels used to
dry hands are another place germs hang out. And if multiple people are sharing the same one, you are essentially swapping each other’s germs with each use.
AVOID HOSTING A GERM’S PARADISE. Germs and bacteria
thrive in moist areas. A wet sponge or dishcloth can be the No. 1 hangout for germs in the entire house.
THE FIX: Pop your sponges in
the microwave for two minutes before use to kill any bacteria hiding in the crevices. Let your dishcloths dry in between uses, wash them frequently in the washing machine and dry using high heat.
MANAGE YOUR BOARDS. Deep grooves and cuts in cutting boards give bacteria a safe place to multiply. Cutting multiple food items on the same board can spread salmonella from your chicken to your salad with one chop.
THE FIX: Use disinfectant sprays or wipes frequently to kill any harmful bacteria on contact.
THE FIX: Make sure you disinfect
Raw meat should never thaw on countertops. As soon as they near 40˚F, bacteria rapidly begins to multiply.
your cutting boards and replace any that have very deep grooves. Never use the same board to cut raw meat or fish and other food items without thoroughly disinfecting and drying the board first.
THE FIX: Use paper towels to dry your hands, and toss the germs away with it. DON’T DISMISS THE DRAIN. The
drain is another place germs thrive. If you wash your produce in the sink, you are giving your veggies a bacteria-ridden bath.
THE FIX: Use a toothbrush and some baking soda to scrub away built-up grit and grime in your drain.
AVOID THE MELTDOWN.
THE FIX: Your safest bet is to thaw meat in the refrigerator overnight or in the microwave if you plan to cook it immediately.
WIPE EM’ AWAY. When handling food, especially raw meats, fish or eggs, it’s important not to touch faucets, refrigerator handles, pots, pans or anything else until your hands have been thoroughly washed.
Apple’s Bar & Grill 3810 NW Blitchton Road, Ocala / (352) 622-7799 Open Mon-Sat 11a-8:45p / Last Call for Delivery: 8:30p Serving the best of Italian-American dishes, Apple’s Bar & Grill’s menu is an extensive work of art. “Appletizers” include eggplant fries, crab-filled poppers, antipasto salad and much more. The “Submarine Sandwiches” include classic cold and hot subs. With unique “Big Apple Specialties” like the South Bronx Taco and Empire State Special, you might have a difficult time choosing just one meal. You could even order delivery for your whole office so you can try a little bit of everything from pizzas to calzones to pasta dishes; or just unwind after work with a plate of wings. Full liquor bar, beer and wine available.
Dine-in, take-out and delivery available to limited area; take-out and delivery generally take longer than dine-in. Open late for special events. Book your event with us!
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holiday pies. During a regular week, the Front Porch bakes 30-40 pies, but during the holidays the girls turn out anywhere from 300-400 pies. Call now to find out what’s available and to place your order. 10239 N Florida Ave. (Highway 41), Dunnellon (352) 489-4708
OTHING SAYS FALL LIKE A PIECE OF PUMPKIN PIE. THIS AUTUMN DESSERT STAPLE HAS BEEN GRACING DINING ROOM TABLES FOR CENTURIES. AND IN COMPARISON TO ANOTHER FALL DESSERT CLASSIC, PECAN PIE, THIS ONE TAKES THE CAKE IN TERMS OF HEALTH BENEFITS, AND LET’S FACE IT—IT’S JUST PLAIN DELICIOUS!
The filling of a pumpkin pie is rather simple. It consists primar primarily of pumpkin purée, eggs, half and half or milk and a variety of spices including cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves.
• PICK THE PERFECT PUMPKIN
If you’re going to make your pumpkin purée from scratch, you’ll want to select a “pie pumpkin,” which has a higher sugar content more suitable for baking.
Canned pumpkin can be easier to work with since its consistency is pretty uniform. Fresh pumpkin will have the benefit of less processing during canning, but flavor and texture differences among pumpkins can yield a lumpy or watery filling.
A pastry pie crust, store-bought or homemade, is the base of most traditional pumpkin pies. Make It Healthier: Swap out white flour for wholewheat or oat flour for added fiber and nutrients. Make It Different: Swap out the crust altogether, and try a mixture of crushed graham crackers, honey and spices to serve as a base.
TO BURN IT OFF:
COMPARE TO PECAN PIE:
503 27g 6g Calories
• THE CRUST
Walk 88 minutes, swim for 26 minutes or ride a bike for 48 minutes
• CANNED VS FRESH?
BREAKING IT DOWN (PER SLICE) 316 14g 7g
TO BURN IT OFF:
Walk for 139 minutes, swim for 42 minutes, or ride a bike for 77 minutes
Opt for the pumpkin over the pecan. In terms of fall desserts, it’s a winner!
The first pumpkin pies the pilgrims ate consisted of a hollowed out pumpkin filled with milk and cream and then baked whole. This “pumpkin pudding” evolved into today’s fall dessert staple.
Source: foodrefernce.com, calorieking.com
• PIE PIE FILLING
Pumpkin Pie © Nayashkove Olga; Hallow Pumpkin © Charlotte Lake; Crust © idea for life / Shutterstock.com
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Brick City Café has been a downtown staple since 1989, and patrons count on the consistency of owner Wayne Langler’s offerings. Now that cooler weather is here, take advantage of the outdoor dining option in the courtyard. Brick City Café serves breakfast and lunch. “At lunch, it’s really a tie between the burgers and the salads as to what are the best sellers,” says Wayne. One of the great things about the salad plates (besides the yummy choices) is that you can pick between regular size and small. Open 6:30am2pm MondayFriday. Sukharevskyy Dmytro / Shutterstock.com 10 NE 1st St., Ocala (352) 629-4700
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Tony’s Sushi & Steakhouse 3405 SW College Road, Ocala / (352) 237-3151 / tonysushi.com Mon-Thu 11a-10p / Fri & Sat 11a-11p / Sun Noon-10p With abundant menu choices and over 100 off-menu rolls, you certainly won’t run out of options at Tony’s Sushi. If you can’t decide, the wait staff is excellent at suggesting items you’re sure to enjoy. Every roll and sushi dish is made to order from the freshest ingredients. In the steakhouse area, highly trained chefs make for a memorable meal as they cook on the tableside grills, preparing chicken, steak or seafood just the way you like it. Entrées include soup or salad and rice. Family-friendly, casual atmosphere, along with a full bar, including imported Japanese saki and beer selections. Like us
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Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant 3355 SW College Rd, Ocala / (352) 671-9411 Weekdays 11a-10p / Weekends 11a-11p / Happy Hour Mon-Sun All Day If you crave a real taste of Mexico in a festive and colorful place accompanied by Mexican music with live mariachi every Thursday, Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant is the best option. Delight in a variety of appetizers, meal combinations and daily specials. Lunch: Fajita Monday, $7.95; Chimichanga Tuesday, $5.50; Super Enchiladas Wednesday, $5.49; Deluxe Taco Salad Thursday, $4.95; Taco Enchilada Friday, $4.95. Dinner: Tacos De Asada Monday, $10.99; Super Burrito Tuesday, $7.95; Chili Verde/Colorado Wednesday, $9.95; #8 Two Burritos Thursday, $8.50; Enchiladas Suizas Friday, $7.99.
2 for 1 on all single drinks, shots, draft beer, wine; topshelf excluded. House margaritas $3.95 every day. Every Sat/Sun ask for kids meal $0.99 Catering Available.
Iron Skillet 7401 W Hwy 318, Reddick / (352) 591-4842 Open 24 hours / 7 days a week Try the all-you-can-eat buffet at the Iron Skillet. In a hurry? Pick up some “homemade to go.” Try the famous downhome chicken-fried steak, which is skillfully cooked and served with creamy country gravy that includes a choice of one side and a trip to the soup and salad bar. Iron Skillet offers healthier options, too! Look for Breyers Ice Cream parlor coming soon. Iron Skillet is only minutes from Ocala and The Villages. From I-75 take exit 368 (CR 318), and you’re there! Stop in, start saving and see why they’re the No. 1 Iron Skillet in the country!
Mention this ad and receive 20 percent off, and ask your server about a membership card. Wed & Sat BBQ buffet; Friday seafood buffet; breakfast buffet every day.
SLOW COOKERS, SPEEDY MEALS
C CROCK POT RECIPES
Butternut Squash & Chickpea Coconut Curry
FTER SPENDING NINE HOURS WORKING, THE LAST THING YOU FEEL LIKE DOING IS PREPPING, COOKING AND SERVING DINNER JUST TO FOLLOW IT UP WITH AN ENCORE OF DISHES. HOWEVER, $25 DOLLARS FOR DELIVERY AND CROCK POT RECIPES A BLOATED BELLY FULL OF GUILT-LADEN PIZZA LATER, YOU Southwest Sassy Swee MAY BE WISHING YOU HAD JUST TAKEN THE TIME TO COOK t Potato Chowder A WELL-BALANCED, HEALTHY DINNER. THAT’S WHERE YOUR SLOW COOKER COMES IN. WHETHER YOUR 70S STYLE COOKER Courtesy of Donna of Everyday Southwest, everydaysouthwest.com WITH THE HIDEOUS FLORAL PATTERN IS COLLECTING DUST Serves 6-8 IN THE BACK OF YOUR CABINET OR YOU HAVE A HIGH-TECH COOKER RESEMBLING A SPACE SHIP PROUDLY DISPLAYED ON 3 large sweet 6 cups vegetable potatoes, about broth YOUR COUNTER, IT’S TIME TO GET THE MOST OUT OF THIS 2 1/2 pounds, 1 tbsp apple EXTRAORDINARY PIECE OF MACHINERY. HERE ARE A FEW peeled and cider vinegar cut into 1-inch HEALTHY, FILLING MEALS WITH MINIMUM EFFORT AND chunks 2 tbsp soy sauce EXPENSE REQUIRED.
A CROCK POT
PIONEER Mable Hoffman’s Crocker Cookery cookbook hit the top of the New York Times best-sellers list in 1975 and stayed there for weeks. The first of its kind, this slow cooker recipe book showed busy men and women
medium yellow onion chopped cloves garlic, diced
tbsp canola oil
chipotle peppers in adobe sauce diced
cup light sour cream, plus extra for garnish
tsp smoked paprika
cup diced cilantro leaves
cup diced pecans
new and exciting ways to use their newly available slow cookers to save money and time. Hoffman went on to write dozens more slow cookercentered cookbooks and passed away from Alzheimer’srelated complications this past September at age 88.
Salt & pepper to taste
Combine 2/3 sweet pot atoes and the rest of the ingredients except pecans, sour cream, cilantro and oil into your slow cooker, and cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 6-8 hours. One hour before serving, prehea t oven to 425°F, toss remaining sweet potatoes in oil and bake for 50-60 mi nutes at the top of the oven until soft and lightly browned. Ten minutes before ser ving, spread pecans on a small bak ing sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes. Mix salt, pepper and sour cream into your slow cooker, and blend in batches in a foo d processor or blender. Garnish with roasted potatoes, pecans, cilantro and sou r cream.
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2 1⁄2 cups diced butternut squash 1 1⁄2 cups dried chickpeas, rinsed and picked over
bunch of fresh spinach, rinsed and roughly chopped
1 1⁄2 cups peas (frozen or freshly peeled)
small onion, chopped
1-2 large tomatoes, diced
cloves garlic, minced
can organic coconut milk
cups vegetable broth or water
Chop the squash into 1-inch square cubes, remove seeds/skin and combine all ingredients except spinach and peas into your slow cooker. Cook on high for 6 hours, and add spinach and peas about 20 minutes before serving. If the sauce seems too watery when it’s done, add a tablespoon or two of hot water mixed with cornstarch to thicken it. Best served over brown basmati or jasmine rice with fresh cilantro and shredded coconut as a garnish.
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C CROCK POT RECIPES
Chipotle Black Be & Quinoa Crock-Potan Stew
pound dried black beans, rinsed and picked over
3⁄4 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed and picked over 1 3
Crock Pot Lasagna
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cup diced onion
cups mozzarella cheese
tsp minced garlic
cup grated Parmesan
24-ounce jar spaghetti sauce
tbsp fresh parsley or 2 tsp dried parsley
15-ounce container ricotta cheese
uncooked lasagna noodles
pound ground beef
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28-ounce can diced tomatoes cloves garlic, minced
green bell pepper, chopped
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tsp chile powder
tsp coriander powder
cup fresh cilantro
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Combine all ingredients in your slow cooker, stir and cook on high for abo ab ut 4 hours or on low for 6-8 hours. Remove chipotles and cinnam on stick before serving. Garnish with cilantro, scallions, lime juice, avocado or hot sauce.
• Meat lovers can save extra moolah by purchasing cheaper cuts of meat, as the slow cooker allows beef and chicken to tenderize while cooked on a low setting for hours.
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1-2 dried chipotle peppers
• Vegetarians can also stow away some extra bills by purchasing dried beans and using the slow cooker to soak and cook them as opposed to buying canned varieties.
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FAST FACTS • • You can buy a slow cooker for as little as $30, while broilers and toaster ovens run upwards of $150 on average. • A slow cooker • consumes about 250 watts of power, while a conventional oven can use up to 4,000 watts; This averages to about 20 cents for one hour of cooking in a conventional oven and about 10 cents for cooking seven hours in a slow cooker.
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Beach is owned by Mary Self and recently began serving lunch and dinner, in addition to being a full-service bar. You’ll find spaxiax / Shutterstock.com sandwiches, salads, soups, BBQ and plenty of specials. Once horse show season starts in mid-December, they will also offer breakfast. Enjoy karaoke, trivia nights, a DJ and dancing, and live entertainment. Open 5pm-2am Monday-Thursday. 3pm-2am Friday-Sunday. 13201 W Hwy 326 (corner of U.S. Hwy 27 and 326), Ocala (240) 882-7530 facebook.com/thebeachocala
Stella’s Modern Pantry is making your special event less stressful. All you have to do is call ahead and order. “In November, we do a lot of prepared foods that makes it quick and easy,” says Store Manager Thomas Pestow. “We offer a huge variety of prepared Marie C Fields / Shutterstock.com items, both sweet and savory, homemade and traditional. Our pumpkin pie is absolutely stunning.” If you feel like doing some or all of the baking yourself, check out the wide selection of cookbooks. In addition to gourmet packaged spices, you’ll find mulling spices perfect for making your own mulled wines and cider. 20 SW Broadway St., Ocala (352) 622-3663 stellasmodernpantry.com
4 of a Kind Latin BBQ 4953 NW Blitchton Rd., Ocala / (352) 509-3237 Sun & Mon Closed / Tue-Sat 11a-9p / Lunch Specials 11a-2p Kids Night every Saturday from 5-9p (Kids eat free—ages 11 and under). Take your family out, or call ahead for pickup. Catering is available. Let us come to you! WELCOME HITS
There’s nothing better than a meal fresh off the grill. 4 of a Kind Latin BBQ is a fusion of both Cuban and Puerto Rican cultures right here in Ocala. Enjoy our traditional recipes in our lunch specials for $7.59, featuring Picadillo on Tuesdays; Chicken Fricassee on Wednesdays; Ropa Vieja on Thursdays; and Chef ’s Choice on Fridays, ranging from Rabo Encendido to Arroz con Pollo. All lunch specials are served with white rice, beans and a side of your choice. Here at 4 of a Kind, we only use charcoal and pecan wood for that genuine and authentic smoky flavor.
Bamboo Bistro 700 North Hwy 441 (In Front of Target), Lady Lake / (352) 750-9998 Mon-Thu 11a-9:30p / Fri-Sat 11a-10p / Sun Noon-9p Dim Sum Hours: Mon-Sat 11a-4p; Sunday-All Day Chef Wu and co-owner Jian Daniels have created a wonderful new Asian Fusion dining experience in town that manages to be both elegant and casual.
Celebrating one year in business! Experience the unique and unforgettable taste of Bamboo Bistro in The Villages! Offering Asian dishes from China, Japan, Vietnam and Thailand along with a full sushi bar, Chef Wu incorporates the best variety of authentic Asian ingredients while using an array of cooking techniques. Our specialties include Peking Duck, Pepper Seared Filet Mignon and Seafood Delight, along with other seafood choices. Many wok entrées and noodle dishes are available as well. A variety of Asian beers and the extensive wine list will complement any meal.
The Ivy House Restaurant 106 NW Main Street, Williston / (352) 528-5410 / ivyhousefl.com Sun-Wed 11a-2p / Thur-Sat 11a-8p For more information on catering, please contact Waica Huggins or Evelyn Nussel at email@example.com. No reservations are required, but a courtesy call for parties of more than 10 is appreciated. Full-service catering, Gift ShopBoutique. 917 E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala ( Coming Soon! )
Tucked comfortably in the heart of Williston, this family-owned establishment is a pleasure to visit. The restaurant has been named by Florida Trend as one of the “Top 500 Best Places to Eat in the State” for several years now. Lunch is served seven days a week and features a Southern-style daily special, and supper is served Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings only. Specials include Southern Fried Lobster, delicious steaks and their famous Baked Krispy Chicken, along with a complete full menu.
El Toreo 3790 E Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala / (352) 694-1401 / 7 Days 11a-10p SR 200, Ocala / (352) 291-2121 / 7 Days 11a-11p Happy Hour Daily 4p-7p New lunch specials include Taco Salad on Monday, $3.95; Speedy Gonzalez on Tuesdays, $3.95; Quesadillas on Wednesday, $5.45; Chimichangas on Thursdays, $4.95; and Burrito Supreme on Fridays, $3.95. New dinner options include Fajita Mondays, $7.95; Chimichanga Tuesdays, $6.95; Alambre Wednesdays, $6.95; Tacos de Bistec Thursdays, $6.95; and Enchilada Fridays, $6.95. Don’t miss “Margarita Mondays” with $1.95 margaritas. On Tuesdays, kids 12 and under - 99¢ from the children’s menu (takeout not included). Wednesday is 99¢ margaritas and $1.95 for domestic and imported beers. Saturday is 2-for-1 margaritas all day.
Join us every day for happy hour from 4-7p and get 2-for-1 wells or drafts. Whether it’s delicious food, great drinks or a festive atmosphere, there are more reasons than ever to visit either El Toreo location today.
THE BEST MEXICAN FOOD
Cuvée Wine & Bistro 2237 SW 19th Ave Rd, Ste. 102, Ocala / (352) 351-1816 / cuveewineocala.com Mon-Thu 5p-10p / Fri & Sat 5p-11p / Happy Hour 5p-7p Experience the ultimate in fine dining with fabulous wine and culinary classics at Cuvée Wine & Bistro. Relax with a glass of wine or indulge in an elegant dinner, and let us transport you to an intimate world with impeccable service and exquisite cuisine. Embrace the age-old relationship between food and wine by sampling over 104 wines on our interactive wine system. An unforgettable experience awaits you...
Whether a beginner or a connoisseur, our knowledgeable and friendly staff will be ready to assist you. Private rooms and off-premise catering available. Happy Hour 5-7p/Monday half priced bottles of wine/Thursday $5 Martinis
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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 and 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 to leave room for one of the tasty home-baked desserts, too! In the mood for a fresh fish fry? Tuesdays and Fridays are all-you-care-to-eat catfish. Big screen televisions will allow you to enjoy your meal without missing one second of the big game or race.
Located at the Crossroads of NW 80th Ave. and Hwy 40 West. No matter what you have a taste for, Crossroads Country Kitchen is sure to become a new favorite. Make your Thanksgiving reservations early!
Tony’s Sports Bar & Grill 2711 SW 27th Ave., Ocala / (352) 390-8188 Mon-Thu 4p-2a / Fri-Sun 11a-2a Happy Hour Monday-Friday 4p-7p, 10p-close. Along with other drink specials.
Tony’s Sports Bar & Grill is the place to go for hungry sports fans. With 32 high-definition televisions lining the walls, including a 133-inch and a 70-inch 3-D screen, airing every televised game, you won’t miss a minute of the action. A great menu and an incredible selection of 40 beers on draft means Tony’s can cater to any appetite. Not into the big game? Not a problem. With a pool table, dart boards, video games and an incredible juke box, patrons are sure to find plenty of entertainment. Visit Tony’s Sports Bar & Grill and Tony’s Sushi within 48 hours and receive a free domestic beer when you show the receipt.
Shane’s Rib Shack 2602 SW 19th Ave Road #105, Ocala / (352) 304-5255 shanesribshack.com/ocalaeasystreet Open Mon-Sat / 11a-9p / Sunday 11a-8p The next time you throw a party, let Shane’s Catering do the cooking. Check out the extensive glutenfree menu.
Shane’s Rib Shack has combined 10 years of brand expertise with their passion for great food. Come in and taste the result! Try the full line of traditional BBQ sides, including Shane’s famous smoked wings, full meal salads, sandwiches, homemade peach cobbler and more. The BBQ is always slow smoked, chopped by hand and served with Big Dad’s secret sauce. Shane’s tailors every catering job to your request and handles all the details. Consider Shane’s party platters, box lunches or full-catered meals for any occasion. From elaborate feasts to finger food, Shane’s will have you covered.
Braised Onion 754 NE 25th Ave, Ocala / (352) 620-9255 Tue-Thu 11a-9p / Fri-Sat 11a-10p / Sun 11a-8p Open Tuesday-Sunday for lunch and dinner. Call today to place your to-go order! Book your holiday event with us at Braised Onion—your place or ours.
Betty and Raoull Lemieux, Nicole Lassiter and Marge and Loring Felix invite you to spend your Thanksgiving Day meal with them at The Braised Onion. The casual atmosphere is the perfect ambiance to celebrate this day of thanks. A traditional buffet will include all the trimmings, such as roasted turkey, Virginia honey-glazed ham with pineapple sauce, roasted corn chowder soup, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, great salads and delicious traditional desserts. This decadent buffet will be served from 11am-6pm. Make your reservation today.
Cody’s Original Roadhouse 2505 SW College Road, Ocala / (352) 237-8182 / codysamerican.com Doors Open at 11a. Serving Lunch and Dinner Daily. “Where Quality and Value Come Together!” Servin’ USDA prime and choice steaks, rotisserie chicken, BBQ ribs, chops, fresh fish, burgers, salads and more! For Thanksgiving Day only, order Fresh Roasted Tom Turkey or Baked Sugar Cured Ham at $11.98 each. Kids 10 and under can choose the Turkey or Ham for $3.99. You can also feast on Fresh Grilled Salmon & Garlic Fried Shrimp for $13.98. Meals come with all the fixins’ so bring your appetite, but save some of it for a slice of pumpkin pie, which comes free with all Thanksgiving specials.
Take-Out Service Available. Locations also in Gainesville at 3100 SW Archer Road and The Villages at 1041 Lakeshore Drive at Lake Sumter Landing, and our new location in Tallahassee.
Ayuttaya Thai Cuisine 2437 SW 27th Ave., Ocala / (352) 237-3433 / ocalathai.com Lunch: Mon-Fri 11a-3p / Dinner: Mon-Thu 4:30p-9:30p / Fri 4:30p-10p Sat Noon-10p / Sunday Noon-9p Conveniently located off SR200 near Best Buy, Ayuttaya Thai Cuisine is a window into the taste and decor of Thailand. Great dishes are designed to please anyone’s palate, ranging from seafood, pork, beef, chicken or just vegetables. Dishes can be made mild or spicy, depending on your preference. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable and will bring a quality dining experience to adventurous Ocalans and curious visitors. For single diners or large groups, Ayuttaya Thai Cuisine is a great choice if you want to feel like you’ve traveled somewhere exotic without leaving the great town of Ocala!
Take out also available. Early Bird Special : Sat-Sun Noon-5p soup or salad & dessert with any entrée purchased.
Carmela’s Restaurant 12169 S Williams St, Dunnellon / (352) 465-1818 / carmelas1.com Sunday Breakfast Buffet or Menu 8:30a-3p / Mon-Fri 8:30a-9p / Sat 4p-9p Whether you have a craving for traditional Italian lasagna or juicy steak, Carmela’s is the place to go. With 31 years of culinary experience in New York and Florida, Chef Ralph knows how to get those taste buds singing. And don’t miss our traditional Thanksgiving dinner from with all the trimmings on Thanksgiving Day from 12-8pm. Tasty options include roast turkey, $12.99; baked Virginia Ham, $12.99; prime rib au jus, $18.99; lasagna, $12.99; and baked grouper $12.99. Pair it with mashed potatos and gravy, stuffing, sweet potato cassarole, cranberry sauce and delicious desserts and it’s just like home!
Catering: small or large parties
Carmela’s Isn’t Just Italian!
The Attic’s Cafe 801 N Magnolia Ave, Ocala / (352) 369-9300 Serving Lunch Mon-Sat 11a-3p Located inside of My Designer’s Attic, in the heart of the old business district, 8 blocks north of the historic square! Don’t forget to explore the 8,000 sq ft of consigned furniture and estate pieces. You’ll never know what you’ll find at My Designer’s Attic.
Let’s talk about great food! Let’s talk about unique and fun! Let’s talk about the Attic’s Café! The Attic’s Café is located inside My Designer’s Attic. (You know, the “Not Your Average Furniture Consignment Store” located downtown.) Chef Andrew uses his culinary skills to create some of the best-tasting food around! Specializing in scrumptious galettes (savory crepes) and incredible dessert crepes, Chef Andrew also does a super job with his distinguished sandwiches, fresh salads and soups. Whether it’s his signature Roasted Veggi Galette with goat cheese, the Hot Night Club Sandwich or a fantastic lemon crepe, you can’t go wrong!
Tilted Kilt 3155 E. Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala / (352) 351-5458 / tiltedkilt.com Mon-Sat 11a-Midnight / Sun 11a-11p Scan the code to view our complete menu and calendar of events. Or go to our website: Ocala.tiltedkilt.com
Looking for some fun with a great meal? Besides our great service, hospitality and delicious food, you’ll feel at home watching your favorite HD sporting events on the big screen TVs or enjoying live music on the patio. From poker to cruise-ins, there’s always something happening at the Tilted Kilt. Big or small, celebrate your next party or special occasion with us. Our menu features an array of options, from snacks to full meals, plus a complete bar, all served by beautiful lasses in kilts. You’ll want to make us your hometown pub. The Tilted Kilt – where a cold beer never looked so good! Get the free mobile app at
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14400 E Hwy 40, Silver Springs / (352) 289-4069 Tues-Sun 11a–9p / Closed Mon At Kick n’ Back Café, “It’s all good!” On East Highway 40, Downtown Lynne, FL - Between Ocala and the beach. Join Kick n’ Back Café VIP. Get 10% off by texting “Kickn VIP” to 58885.
Take a ride out to the island in the forest at Kick n’ Back Café, where you’ll find Caribbean flare and fare. Conch fritters are a customer favorite, as well as the Cuban Mix: mojo marinated pork, Spanish ham and Swiss cheese on a special bread and pressed to perfection. Don’t miss out on our Mojo Chicken and pork entrée with black beans and yellow rice. We’re also known for our selection of seafood entrées, including fish, shrimp and scallops. Also, try the gator, served as an appetizer or entrée. Kick n’ Back offers a relaxing, casual, laidback atmosphere.
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The MARION AUDUBON SOCIETY and the PIONEER GARDEN CLUB will hold a drawing for four beautifully painted rain barrels on
November 11 at the Ocali Country Days festival. A rain barrel collects rainwater, allowing you to store water for a time of need. Many people find it helpful to have a rain barrel to water their gardens, providing a way to “go green” and still keep the lawn in pristine condition. Tickets for the drawing can be purchased at or prior to the festival.
marioncountyaudubon.com or (352) 871-1094 or (352) 620-5600.
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AN IRRIGATION STATION
TEP BACK IN TIME TO THE 1800S WHEN FLORIDA WAS A FRONTIER OF PEOPLE LIVIN’ OFF THE LAND. THE OCALI COUNTRY DAYS FESTIVAL HAS BEEN A FLORIDA FAVORITE SINCE 1995, AND THIS YEAR PROMISES TO BE JUST AS MEMORABLE. VISIT THE AUTHENTIC CRACKER VILLAGE AND ENJOY FESTIVAL MUSIC, REENACTMENTS AND STORYTELLING. CHILDREN AND ADULTS CAN WATCH AS EXPERIENCED BLACKSMITHS, QUILTERS, WOODWORKERS AND SUGARCANE SYRUP MAKERS DEMONSTRATE THEIR SKILLS AND EVEN TRY THEIR HAND AT SOME OF THESE TASKS. THE FESTIVAL WILL ONCE AGAIN BE HELD AT SILVER RIVER STATE PARK AND IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FROM 9AM-4PM ON NOVEMBER 10-11. ADMISSION IS $5, AND CHILDREN UNDER 6 GET IN FREE. MARION.K12.FL.US OR (352) 236-5401.
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HOT DOGS AND COOL CATS
The big day is just around the corner.
MARION COUNTY’S 31st ANNUAL CHILI COOK-OFF will take place at the
Drive right into the McPherson Complex for the ninth annual HOT DOGS AND
COOL CATS CAR, BIKE AND TRUCK SHOW to benefit the Humane Society
Southeastern Livestock Pavilion from 9am-5pm. Come sample some of the best chili in town as Marion County’s own top chefs compete head to head to take home the crown. This year’s event will also feature a cake and pie contest and a salsa challenge, too. There will be plenty of live entertainment and children’s activities, so bring the whole family. The event runs rain or shine, and admission is only $5 for adults, $1 for children 3-12 and free for kids under 3.
of Marion County. Come see hot autos and top dogs (and cats, too!) at both the car show and pet contests, and be sure to check out the famous Soccer Collies, and get your best friend’s picture taken at the pet photo booth. Admission is free, and the event runs from 9am-4pm with a benefit motorcycle ride to kick off the day. thehsmc.org or (352) 873-7387.
Collectors and antique lovers listen up! The GREATER ORLANDO COIN SHOW,
SHORT STACKS FOR THE TROOPS
Help the troops overseas phone their loved ones back in the States by supporting the second annual USO PHONE HOME campaign at the IHOP restaurant in Ocala. The weeklong event kicks off with a free short stack pancake offer on November 12. Come in and enjoy arguably the best flapjacks in town and make a donation to a worthy cause. Celebrity chefs promise to
make an appearance, and volunteers looking to flip a few pancakes are always welcome. Last year IHOP raised $1,300, and the famous breakfast hotspot is looking to add to that this year. ihop.com or (352) 629-2727.
ANTIQUARIAN BOOK FAIR AND ANTIQUE FESTIVAL combines three unique shows into
one giant antique extravaganza. Stroll down the aisles and search through the troves of treasures to find the newest addition to your collection. Whether it’s coins, buttons, gems or jewelry you’ve set your sights on, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for at this multi-day festival. The festival is held at Central Florida Fairgrounds in Orlando and is open 1-6pm on Friday, 9am-6pm on Saturday and 10am-4:30pm on Sunday. orlandoantiqueshows.com or (407) 226-2288.
Pooch lovers, this event is for you! The Greater Ocala Dog Club and Seminole Dog Fanciers will host the HORSE COUNTRY CLUSTER of AKC dog shows and trials at the Greater Ocala Dog Club. See all dogs great and small as they compete for the title of Best in Show. Judging begins each morning at 8am and runs through late afternoon. Bring a lawn chair and spend the day. There will be great food concessions, and don’t forget to bring your own best in show a souvenir at one of the many vendors on-site. Parking is $5, and admission is free. ocaladogclub.com or (352) 629-1382.
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TIME TO LIGHT IT UP!
It’s that time of year again. The 40-foot tree has been trimmed, the lights have been strung and the famous dripping icicles are ready to be lit. This year, the annual LIGHT UP OCALA event features an extended venue stretching as far as the newly opened Citizens’ Circle. Attendees can expect live entertainment on three stages from the downtown square to the Citizens’ Circle and the north event zone known as the “North Pole.” The festivities begin at 4pm with the official flipping of the switch to take place at 7:30pm. Vendors and activities will be open until 9:30pm. ocalafl.org or (352) 368-5517.
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RIDAY, NOVEMBER 30 MARKS THE INAUGURAL HELPING HANDS FOUNDATION GOLF INVITATIONAL. THE HELPING HANDS FOUNDATION IS A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT ASSISTS IN-NEED MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN THROUGHOUT OUR COMMUNITY, AND THIS YEAR THE ORGANIZATION IS RAISING MONEY AND AWARENESS FOR THEIR ORGANIZATION BY BRINGING TOGETHER GOLF LOVERS TO SHARE IN GOOD FOOD, FUN AND PHILANTHROPY. IN ADDITION TO THE GOLF TOURNAMENT, THERE WILL BE AN AUCTION AND DINNER EVENT AT THE HILTON OCALA ON NOVEMBER 29 AT 6PM. CHAIRMAN BRAD DINKINS GIVES US A LITTLE MORE INSIGHT INTO THE UPCOMING EVENT.
A HELPING HAND What is the mission of Helping Hands Foundation?
Our mission is to help rebuild the lives of men, women and children who are abused, abandoned or homeless. We assist with housing, food, clothes, medical, dental, transportation, jobs, education grants and counseling.
What made you want to start this organization?
I began to come across a lot of abandoned, abused and hurting people who were battling fear, depression and hopelessness. I felt they needed a safe and loving environment in which to rebuild their life, and a support system to help with their physical, emotional and spiritual needs.
Who are some of the celebrity golfers and special guests that are participating in the tournament?
Two active local favorites are Ted Potter, Jr., who won the Greenbrier Open this year, and Erica Stoner, 15 years old and she’s already won two state golf championships. Other local PGA winner attendees include Grant Waite, Mike Sullivan and tour professional Roger Rowland. Other celebrities and special guests invited include John Daly (PGA winner), Al Dunlap (corporate CEO, author),
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“Big Daddy” Don Garlits (drag racing hall of fame), Don Nottingham (Super Bowl winner), Danny Santiago (boxer), Ted Yoho (U.S. Congress) and Dennis Baxley (Florida House Representative).
Who can participate?
It is an invitational, but it’s open to anyone.
What is included in the participation fee?
The cost is $150 for 18 holes of golf and the cart, a luncheon served from 11am-12pm, three Titleist Pro V1 golf balls, a goodie bag, prizes and awards.
What prizes are available to winners? There will be trophies, golf bags and equipment, and cash prizes, too. For holes-in-one on the par threes, prizes include new vehicles and a Rolex Presidential watch.
What are you most looking forward to about the tournament? I’m looking forward to everyone having a good time, making new friends, seeing people excited about winning awards and prizes, and raising funds needed to help those less fortunate in our community.
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OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD (THROUGH NOVEMBER 9) The YMCA will be collecting toys to send to children overseas. Central Florida YMCAs are trying to collect 40,000 boxes of toys. centralfloridaymca.org (352) 368-9622.
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BRICK CITY GALLERY EXHIBIT (THROUGH NOVEMBER 30) The Brick City Gallery will showcase Reflections. The reception will take place on November 2. (352) 854-6446. POWER OF THE PURSE (NOVEMBER 1) Women of Worth will host this second annual event at the Ocala Hilton from 6-8pm. There will be hors d’oeuvres, entertainment and live and silent auctions on several different purses. Tickets are $40 in advance or $45 at the door. uwmc.org or (352) 732-9696. KINSEY LYNN BOGART BENEFIT GOLF TOURNAMENT (NOVEMBER 2) This 9th annual tournament will take place at Candler Hills Golf Club. Lunch is served at 11:30am with a shotgun start at 1pm. (352) 680-1686. OCKLAWAHA RIVER RAID (NOVEMBER 2-4) The 28th Annual Ocklawaha River Raid Civil War Reenactment and Living History Weekend will take place at the Grand Oaks Resort. The event will include two battles as well as several living history events. thegrandoaks.com or (352) 750-5500. HERO RUSH (NOVEMBER 3) The Florida Horse Park will host a 5K firefighter-themed obstacle
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A musical favorite will be making an appearance at Gainesville’s Phillips Center. A sing-a-long screening of The Sound of Music will let Van Trap fans show off their singing skills and join right in with the cast. So don your favorite Sound of Music inspired attire, warm up your vocal cords and head to Gainesville for this one-of-a-kind event. And don’t forget about the famous fancy-dress competition! performingarts.ufl.edu or (352) 392-2787.
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BOOK SALE (NOVEMBER 3) The Friends of the Ocala Library will host their quarterly book sale from 10am-4pm. Hardcover books will be on sale for 50 cents, and paperbacks will be on sale for 25 cents. friendsoftheocalalibrary.org or (352) 368-4591. CRAFT FAIR (NOVEMBER 3-4) Spanish Springs Town Square will host a craft fair featuring the work of local and national artists. The fair runs from 10am-5pm and is free and open to the public. artfestival.com or (561) 746-6615. MARION CIVIC CHORALE’S SALUTE TO VETERANS (NOVEMBER 3, 10, 11) The Marion Civic Chorale will kick off its 26th season with a series of concerts entitled Salute to Veterans. The first concert will be held November 3 at the St. George Anglican Cathedral at 3pm. marioncivicchorale.tripod.com/ pressroom or (352) 537-8833. SAMESCO SHAMBLE (NOVEMBER 9) The Ocala Golf Club will host the ninth annual Samesco Shamble to benefit oral, head and neck cancer research. Registration is $100 per person and includes lunch at 11:30am. Shotgun start at 12:30pm. ajsfoundation.org or (352) 454-6664. Continued on page 96
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ARTS AND CRAFT SALE (NOVEMBER 10) The Stonecrest Community Arts Association will host an arts and crafts sale at the Stonecrest Community Center from 11:30am-4pm. Bring a donation for Toys For Tots. (352) 789-5239. FALL FESTIVAL AND BAZAAR (NOVEMBER 10) Grace Episcopal Church will host a fall festival and bazaar featuring many crafts and gifts from 8am-4pm. (352) 622-7881. CORVETTE CAR SHOW (NOVEMBER 10) The Corvette Club of Marion County presents the 13th annual Corvette Car Show from 10am-5pm at Silver Springs. silversprings.com or (352) 236-2121.
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Les Schee, a wine education consultant, has been in the business for over 28 years and has worked closely with the Ocala Wine Experience for the past 14 years. He says that while wine making is “50 percent science and 50 percent art,” wine tasting is all about fun. The Ocala Wine Experience hosts wine tastings nightly as well as live entertainment on Friday and Saturday Nights. Les offers the following advice, tips and wine facts to help first-time wine tasters fit right in with the pros.
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» Examine the color, intensity, brilliance and clarity. If you don’t like
» Red wine starts out white (all grape
the way it looks, chances are you won’t like the way it tastes.
flesh is white) but is aged on the red skin where it absorbs the tannic acid, antioxidants and its red hue.
» Swirl to unleash the flavors. Take short sniffs and note what you smell. Everyone will have individual reactions, and there are no “wrong” answers.
» Red wines age better than white wines because of their antioxidant levels.
» When you take a sip, sweetness will be detected on the tip of the tongue, acidity on the sides and bitterness on the back. Pay attention to what you taste, the way it feels in your mouth (light, medium or full) and its aftertaste.
» An open bottle of wine loses most of its flavor after 2-3 days. » In America, wines are categorized
by the grapes used to make them, while in Europe, wines are categorized by the region in which they are made. » A cork comes from the bark of a
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» Reflect on the taste. Perhaps it reminded you of a specific fruit or spice. Most important, note if you enjoyed the flavor.
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Island Grove Wine Company, Copp Winery and Hawthorne Wine Bar, Crystal River (352) 564-9463 / coppwinery.com (352) 481-9463 / islandgrovewinecompany.com
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THELOCALSCENE / Continued from page 97 include fruit trees and fall/winter gardening. (352) 671-8400. SCRAPBOOK FOR BREAST CANCER (NOVEMBER 16) A scrapbooking and craft night will be held at the Marion County Extension Auditorium beginning at 6pm. Admission is $5 and proceeds benefit breast cancer research. OCALA HORSE PROPERTIES FALL HORSE TRIALS (NOVEMBER 17) This event will take place at the Florida Horse Park beginning at 8am. Horse Trials include dressage, show jumping and cross country. flhorsepark.com or (352) 307-6699. PINK & PURPLE FORMAL (NOVEMBER 17) The Pioneer Garden Club will host a fundraiser presented by Better Life Home Health to support breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease awareness from 7-11pm. There will be live music, door prizes and speakers. Tickets are $45 in advance and $55 at the door. (352) 613-7992. FORD MUSTANG AND ALL FORD CAR AND TRUCK SHOW (NOVEMBER 17) A charity car and truck show will take place at Ford of Ocala. Proceeds benefit American Breast Cancer Foundation and Kids Central Inc. There will be music, food and prize drawings. The Blood Mobile will be present from 8am-3pm. (352) 854-3302. A WALK OF REMEMBRANCE (NOVEMBER 17) A memorial event for lost loved ones will take place at Sholom Park. Registration begins at 9am and first walk begins at 9:15am. Subsequent walks will begin at 10am and 11am. Registration is a minimum $10 donation. hospiceofmarion.com or (352) 854-5218. ART SHOW (NOVEMBER 17-18) Rainbow Springs Park will host an art show from 8am-4:30pm. Three art groups will be showcasing their work. (352) 854-6446. DELAND FALL FESTIVAL (NOVEMBER 17-18) A fall festival featuring over 180 artists will take place in downtown DeLand from 10am-5pm. There will be live entertainment, workshops and great food. Admission is free. delandfallfestival.com or (386)738-5705.
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(November 17) The Institute of Cardiovascular Excellence will host a 4-mile walk to promote heart health. The walk will begin and end at the ICE main campus. Registration begins at 8am; the walk begins at 9am. ocalaice.com or (352) 286-6411. AUCTION (NOVEMBER 18) Temple B’nai Darom will host their annual fundraising auction. New and used merchandise, furniture, coins and much more will be up for bid. The auction begins at 2pm. (352) 694-3655.
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MUSEUM PRESENTATION (NOVEMBER 18) The Marion County Museum of History and Archaeology will host a presentation entitled The Menorcans, A Story of Survival. The presentation will begin at 2pm at Green Clover Hall with Menorcan food and refreshments served at the museum following the program. (352) 236-2790. TURKEY TROT 5K (NOVEMBER 22) A 5K run and outdoor cycling class will take place at the YMCA at 7:30am. ymcacentralflorida.com or (352) 368-9622. FREE FOR ALL CONCERT (NOVEMBER 23) Central Christian Church will host a Christian concert featuring For King and Country and other local Christian artists. The concert will be held at the Citizen’s Circle at 5pm. freeforallocala.com or (352) 266-5590. MASTER CHOIR CONCERTS (DECEMBER 2, 9, 16) The Central Florida Master Choir presents A Beautiful Christmas. The first concert will be held at the First United Methodist Church at 3pm. cfmasterchoir.com or (352) 615-7677. To have an event considered for Ocala Style Magazine’s The Scene Send a short description (and a color photo, if possible) 60 days in advance to: email: firstname.lastname@example.org mail: Ocala Style Magazine 1007 E. Fort King St., Ocala, FL 34471
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On September 8, Grand Oaks Resort hosted Steak & Polo Night for Kids, an event benefiting Kids Central, an organization that oversees services for Florida children in need. Steak & Polo Night was a success, featuring an exciting polo match, refreshing cocktails, savory steak and a place for football fans to watch the Gator game!
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The City of Ocala celebrated the opening of Citizens’ Circle on August 25, providing the public its first experience in the city’s newest gathering place. The event featured a variety of food vendors, artists and acoustic musicians, and a fireworks display. Citizens’ Circle, located behind City Hall, features a stage for concerts and performers, places for relaxing and a splash pad for younger visitors. PHOTOS BY SHEILA HARTLEY
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