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Welcome to our November Food Issue. We’re debuting our one-of-a-kind Ocala Style Restaurant Guide designed to help our readers find incredible cuisine throughout the region. We hope it tickles your fancy (and your taste buds), but we didn’t stop there. All month long, keep an eye on Facebook and enter to win a gift certificate to the restaurants featured in our guide, and enjoy a meal on the house. Find us at facebook.com/ocalastyle.
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We don’t have to tell you much about our GREAT TOY GIVEAWAY— it tends to speak for itself. If you’ve been with us the past four years, you know we round up some seriously awesome gifts. Beginning December 1, we’re giving away a toy every hour into the evening throughout the month. We’ve got an American Girl doll, a Razor GFD Fury, a Barbie Dream House and the list goes on and on. Keep an eye out for the gifts at the top of your list by stalking facebook.com/ocalastyle and enter to win!
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When our January issue rolls out, we’d like to direct your attention to our newest addition. We know Ocala is made up of families of all kinds, so we’ve created a brand-new section filled with content for every member of the fam, like events for kids, health advice, cool new products and more. THE HIVE is all about life at home, with the people you love most and how to make it even better. It will also feature something special for students: What’s your favorite activity to do after school? Write us a paragraph about what you love to do, or draw us a picture. Send your submissions to Katie at email@example.com by December 1. It could end up in The Hive, and you could receive a free T-shirt! Please include your name, age, grade, school and T-shirt size. Contest open to elementary school students only.
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Runners love race bling. The bigger, flashier and more unique the race medal the better. Ask a runner about a medal and you’ll get a race story, complete with weather, times and blisters. Scouts earn badges; runners earn medals. The inaugural Big Hammock Race Series, which kicks off with the annual Turkey Trot 5K on November 26, is offering some serious bling. More specifically, finishers of all four Super Races in the series will be awarded a customized medal. The Super Races include: Reindeer Run 5K, Ocala Marathon weekend races, Live Oak International 5K and St. Paddy’s Day 5K. “Ocala has a lot of very competitive runners who win races and medals,” says Karen Donnelly, an Ocala Runners Club member and co-founder of the BHRS. “We wanted to reward less competitive runners for doing something healthy. So if you finish all four Super Races, you get a medal.” Designed by Donnelly, the Super Races Finisher medal is a companion piece with the naturethemed Big Hammock name and logo. Donnelly and fellow ORC members Darrin DeTorres and Tina Banner christened the race series as an homage to Ocali, the Timucuan Indian name for Ocala which translates to “big hammock.” “I wanted the medal to be a visual representation of the natural setting of Ocala,” says Donnelly. “The gold-plated die cast medal features a small live oak tree surrounded by a big acorn and leaf. The names of all four Super Races are engraved on the back. There’s nothing lightweight about it at all. It’s a nice substantial chunk of medal.” The vibrant orange medal ribbon is satin with a Velcro closure in the back. The design elements and the names of the Super Races are also printed throughout the ribbon.
“We think that the Super Races finisher medal is going to be a great incentive for runners to come out and enjoy the Big Hammock series,” says Donnelly. “It’ll be a nice chance to take home some race bling.” The Big Hammock Race Series features seven local races open to all runners. With the $15 series entry fee comes a commemorative T-shirt. Each race also has a separate entry fee. Runners will earn points in both age divisions and overall categories in each race. Double points will be awarded in the four Super Races; additional points come with running in the half or full marathon during the Ocala Marathon weekend. Special prizes will be awarded at the series’ end to overall male and female, as well as to age group winners. Standings will be posted after each race on OcalaFit.com. Sponsors for The Big Hammock Race Series include Palm Chevrolet, United Way of Marion County, Ocala Style and Healthy Living magazines, and OcalaFit.com.
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These folks represent you—local taxpayers—and they serve on the ICROC, or Independent Citizens Review Oversight Committee, for the millage increase approved by voters last November. This group ensures the school district spends an estimated $16 million each year for four years exactly as promised. Members include (sitting l-r): Jerome Brown, Jim Touchton, Phil Hyde, Ruth LaChance, Chair Nancy Noonan, Michael Holloway; (standing l-r): Henry DeGeneste, Heidi Maier, Jerry Deese, Nick Blaser, Chase Basinger and Diana Williams. Absent from photo are Rev. Jerome Gamble, Gary Simanson and Fred Ward.
HISPANIC HERITAGE With 16 percent of Marion County students identifying themselves as Hispanic, this is great reason to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. College Park Elementary soared to new heights this year with artifact displays, maps, famous phrases and lots of native music and instruments for students to experience.
These two Vanguard High seniors are on their way to becoming Marion County’s newest National Merit Scholars. Carolyn Imes and Stephen Williams-Ortega are both seniors in the International Baccalaureate program. Both performed exceptionally well on the PSAT, so now they’re in the running for prestigious national scholarships. Imes, the daughter of Mark and Jean Imes, may study languages or international studies in college. Meantime, Williams-Ortega, the son of Steve and Rosa Williams, plans to pursue literature or creative writing.
Meantime, the 17th International Walk Our Children to School Day not only emphasized physical fitness, it showcased the safety students need to know when going to school. This year’s event, held at Wyomina Park Elementary, attracted nearly 40 kids and parents to trek 15 minutes while encountering dangerous scenarios like someone looking for a “lost” dog, someone wanting help with their “sick” friend and even a drug dealer offering cash and candy to kids for talking to him. Students completing the walk also received goodie bags with safety items to encourage safe travels throughout the year.
DADS TAKE YOUR KID TO SCHOOL DAY Florida’s inaugural “Dads Take Your Kid to School Day” kicked off in grand fashion here in Marion County. Hundreds of fathers, grandfathers, uncles, brothers and other positive male role models escorted their kids to school to show support, build bonds and foster better communication. Some schools welcomed dads with doughnuts, while others invited dads onto campus to get a closer looks at the academic environment.
A THOUSAND CRANES
Why fold 1,000 paper cranes? Greenway Elementary students learned the reason behind the Japanese legend through a play based on the true story of Sadako Sasaki, who developed leukemia after being exposed to radiation from the atomic bombing of Hiroshima during World War II. The legend says when a person folds 1,000 paper cranes, their wish comes true. Sadako’s wish was to live. She did not, and now a statue stands in her honor in Hiroshima. Actors from the Ocala Civic Theatre presented Sadako’s story with an ever-growing backdrop of paper cranes.
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BECAUSE I CAN
Many moons ago, I weighed in at 385 pounds. Yes, three hundred and eight-five pounds—385 pounds! I don’t even know how I got there. It’s not rocket science; it was a combination of horrible eating habits and no exercise. I was the typical kid who came home, watched Love Boat and ate Cheetos®. I was never an athlete. Twenty years ago, I met and married my husband. Though he didn’t care how much I weighed, the thought of having and raising children pushed me to have Gastric Bypass. It’s not a magic pill, but it is an incredible tool. I got down to a little over 200 pounds—still overweight, but not ridiculous. Over the next 20 years, my weight fluctuated between 215 and 235 through multiple pregnancies and life.
My journey stopped being about weight loss a long time ago and is now about being healthy and having fun. The best part of the journey is that my kids and husband are actively participating in a healthy lifestyle, too. They grew up in the Y’s Child Development Center and have played all of the youth sports. I couldn’t ask for a better environment to help teach healthy life skills for my family. The icing on the cake are the activities that we can participate in as a family. We do the Y Tri as a family and have run the Turkey Trot since before our kids could walk! They are joining in on the fun and learning the right habits that will last them a lifetime. Next month, my husband will be running his first marathon! Because he can, and we can… —Amy Sampson, YMCA Member
After my last pregnancy, I decided I was ready to really concentrate on my health. A couple of my friends joined the YMCA, and encouraged me to join as well. Over the next few months, we went to classes and started a routine. I am a goal-oriented person, but weight loss wasn’t a good goal for me, so we started running—actually walking—in 5Ks. Having an event to train for gave us a purpose when we went to the Y. Over the next few months, we signed up for one 5K each month. Our times got better and we felt better. If I had told 385-pound Awesome Amy that she would run a marathon (or six), she would have died. Even as I signed up to run my first marathon, I didn’t think it was possible. The Y has taught me that anything is possible. The Y offers so many ways to challenge your body, while having fun and being healthy. I love that I can swim one day, take a BODYPUMP® class the next, or hop on a treadmill. As much as I love the variety of activities, it’s the people that make a difference. From Linda’s smile while she’s checking me in at 5 a.m., to Tim, Meredith or Monica inspiring me to push harder in a class, or to Chris coaching me on the pool deck; they are the reason I keep showing up at the Y. They are the reason that I can.
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LIFE-CHANGING STRIDES BY JOANN GUIDRY
TIRRUPS ‘N STRIDES THERAPEUTIC RIDING CENTER USES HORSES TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR THOSE WITH PHYSICAL, MENTAL AND EMOTIONAL CHALLENGES.
Betty Gray believes so strongly in the healing power of the horse that she helped establish not one but two therapeutic riding centers. In 1983, Gray joined Peg Wallace to create Marion Therapeutic Riding Association. When she wrapped up a 10-year stint as MTRA executive director (1997-2006), Gray established Stirrups ‘n Strides Therapeutic Riding Center. And it should come as no surprise that Gray’s journey into therapeutic riding had a very personal beginning. “When she was 3, my daughter, Kathy, followed our dogs out into a horse pasture,” says Gray, a lifelong horsewoman. “I suspect the dogs spooked the horses, and Kathy was kicked in the head. That happened on May 20, 1980 and left her with physical challenges. As a horse person, I had heard of therapeutic riding. So when I found out that Peg (Wallace) was starting a program, I took Kathy, who was 6 by then, and became involved right away. Kathy is 38 now; she’s doing great and still riding.” Based at Gray and her husband Wayne’s 30-acre Citra farm, Stirrups ‘n Strides opened its doors, or more appropriately its riding arenas, in January 2007. The 501(c)(3) non-profit organization is accredited by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International. And it was definitely a case of “build it and they will come.” “Many of our clients and volunteers from MTRA immediately joined us,” says Gray, who serves as executive director. “We were off and galloping from the beginning.” Today, Stirrups ‘n Strides serves 60-plus riders of all ages and challenges. They have 14 therapy
horses, which are used for riding and driving. The three riding arenas and driving track are busy with classes on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday mornings, as well as Tuesday evenings. In addition to the classes, Gray encourages riders to compete in shows such as the Special Olympics, as well as against able-bodied riders in other events. A group of 70 volunteers, who Gray notes she couldn’t operate without, help out with the classes and shows. “We have children with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and other mental and physical challenges,” says Gray. “The adults in our program have had strokes, have multiple sclerosis or maybe are doing rehabilitation after a car accident. Regardless of why someone comes to us, the horses provide wonderful therapy.” Scientific research has shown that therapeutic horseback riding improves balance, posture and flexibility with those with physical handicaps. Gray can attest to those results and more.
“The physical benefits happen whether a person is on a horse or in a driving cart,” says Gray. “But there are also psychological benefits from just being around the horses. People form special bonds with the horses. They can increase self-esteem, and their spirits are lifted. For many, coming out to ride or just see the horses is the highlight of their day.” Even after more than 30 years, Gray’s passion for therapeutic riding has not waned. “I still see how therapeutic riding impacts a person’s quality of life,” says Gray. “I still see miracles every day.”
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GIVING BACK—IT’S WHAT WE DO
iving back to our community is a way of life for local Realtors®. Many of the organizations and charities we support are near and dear to our hearts. We live here, work here and “give” here. Our committees get involved in many organizations to give back every year. Last month, OMCAR members donated goods, supplies and monetary donations and helped our Community Awareness Committee “Stuff the Bus” for Marion County Public Schools. Each year, the Community Awareness Committee also receives many grant requests from local teachers. This year, the committee will be granting $6,000 to local Marion County Public School teachers. Our Realtor®/Affiliate Committee, comprised of OMCAR Realtor® members and strategic business partners of our association, recently held the 7th Annual Chair-ity Event at the College of Central Florida. The attendance and money raised went beyond our
expectations, with over 300 in attendance and $31,000 raised to benefit Marion Therapeutic Riding Association (MTRA) and Kids Central, Inc. In April, our Young Professionals Network got the community involved in raising funds for a young boy who was dying of cancer to help his parents pay medical bills. YPN raised $1,800 for the Hajal Family at its Bowling Charity Event. The Ocala/Marion County Association of Realtors® takes an active role in supporting our community. Our members and strategic business partners work hard on our committees to volunteer for charity fundraising, events and community volunteer work. “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give” — Winston Churchill —DONNA DUNAWAY, PRESIDENT
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4 bedrooms 4 full bathrooms 5.99+/- acres Gracious, open living areas • Master bedrooms up & downstairs
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ELEGANCE AND SOPHISTICATION • 4 bedrooms • Refreshing pool & • 3.5 bathrooms outdoor living space • Open & split plan with • Master with walk-in soaring ceilings closets, fireplace, and • Chef’s kitchen with sitting area breakfast bar $539,900. ML# 431554
$749,900. ML# 431925
GOLDEN OCALA GOLF & EQUESTRIAN CLUB • 4 bedroom • 3.5 baths • Located in prestigious/desirable gated community • Well designed with custom interior • Cooks kitchen with SS appliances
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SOUTHERN BEAUTY 4 bedroom 4.5 bath home w/views of the 14th fairway in Country Club of Ocala. Gourmet kitchen w/custom cabinets, granite, center island and breakfast room. Family room has fireplace & views of sparkling pool w/covered patio. Master suite has closet w/built ins, bath w/double vanity & walk in shower. Upstairs balcony leads to 3 bedrooms, each w/own WIC & bath. Detached 2.5 car garage has separate living quarters. $1,050,000. ML#425192
BE THE FIRST TO ENJOY Brand new construction in the Country Club of Ocala with a nice view of #13 tee. This 4 bedroom, 3 bath w/study has a custom kitchen with wood cabinets, granite countertops & breakfast nook, which opens to spacious family room w/fireplace, hardwood flooring, crown molding & coffered ceilings. Master suite has 2 walk in closets & bath w/garden tub, double vanities and separate walk in shower. Formal dining & master bedroom also have hardwood flooring and crown molding. Just completed & ready for new owner. $599,000. ML#432561
BEAUTIFUL SETTING Enjoy picturesque views of the 14th hole at Country Club of Ocala from this 4/3 home w/2car garage. Family rm w/high ceilings has fpl and opens to kitchen and sun rm. Master has WIC and bath has a double vanity and separate tub & shower. Other 3 bedrooms all have WIC. Beautiful & well maintained landscaping can be enjoyed from slate patio with peaceful views of nearby pond. $425,000. ML#425814
DETECT, DESTROY MOLD FOR BETTER HEALTH Photo courtesy of Getty Images
OLD IN YOUR HOME IS A SERIOUS MATTER THAT CAN CAUSE NOT ONLY SUBSTANTIAL PROPERTY DAMAGE, BUT ALSO SIGNIFICANT HARM TO YOUR HEALTH.
IDENTIFYING A MOLD PROBLEM
HOW MOLD AFFECTS HEALTH According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, mold exposure can affect people in a range of ways, from nasal stuffiness and eye irritation to wheezing and skin irritation. For those who are especially sensitive or who have a mold allergy, the reactions can be more severe. Mold can also pose a higher health concern for those with asthma and other illnesses or compromised immune systems. Some research, including a 2004 study by the Institute of Medicine, also suggests that mold can cause respiratory illnesses in otherwise healthy people.
Mold can vary in appearance, but, often, you can readily recognize its white to greenish or black spotty appearance. You may also notice a damp, musty odor in areas where mold is growing. However, if you’re not aware of any mold in your home, you can do some additional investigating yourself. A simple DIY kit such as the Healthful Home 5-Minute Mold Test Kit can detect mold spores accumulating in household dust, including the types most associated with water damage and health issues. The leading mold test sold on Amazon.com, this test can be conducted on-site and provides results in as little as five minutes, bypassing delays for lab testing associated with many at-home kits. The test has been validated in an Environmental Protection Agency-licensed lab as the most sensitive and accurate rapid test available.
A DOSE OF PREVENTION Depending on the degree and type of mold you discover, you may be able to clean it up and eradicate the problem yourself. If the growth is extensive, you will require the assistance of trained professionals. Once the mold has been safely removed, you can take some steps to prevent chances of a reoccurrence: • To help trap airborne mold spores and other allergens, be sure the filter you are using is correctly rated for your HVAC system. A filter that is too restrictive for your air blower may overstress and burn out the motor. • A humidity level of more than 65 percent invites mold growth. An inexpensive electronic humidity meter can monitor your rooms and identify areas that need better ventilation or dehumidification. • If your attic or crawl space has high humidity, have it checked by a professional for possible solutions before mold takes over. • Vent appliances properly, and install exhaust fans in rooms that see high levels of moisture, such as bathrooms, laundry rooms and kitchens. • Identify any sources of moisture or leaks throughout the home, including faucets and around windows and doors, and take steps to correct them.
For more information about protecting your home and health from mold, visit myhealthfulhome.com or look for tools such as the Healthful Home 5-Minute Mold Test Kit at your local hardware and Home Improvement stores.
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COST-CONSCIOUS HOME UPGRADES
Adding function, such as a generator, to your home can be just as important as aesthetic improvements.
Subtle changes, such as a coat of paint or new hardware, can give your kitchen a fresh, new look and feel.
REVITALIZE WORN WOODWORK. Nothing ages
a home’s appearance faster than tired, weathered woodwork on the front porch or back deck. A fresh coat of stain or paint is a minimal investment to bring fresh life back into your entryway or backyard living space.
PULL OUT A NEW KITCHEN LOOK. If changing out
the cabinets isn’t an option, you can still create a new look with a minimal investment. Wipe down cabinets thoroughly and apply a coat of paint to make them look their very best; then look for subtle changes that bring a wow factor, such as new hardware. Clear away clutter, and add some fresh accessories for a whole new look.
PUNCH UP THE POWER. For extended power
outages, a generator can even save money, preventing unexpected costs from spoiled
food or hotel stays. Hooked up to a home’s existing propane or natural gas line, a standby generator system, often called a home generator, switches on by itself when power fails. Models such as Briggs & Stratton’s newly redesigned 12 kilowatt standby generator provide whole-house power in a small footprint that maintains curb appeal. Plus, the price point of standby generator systems is continuing to drop because power management systems like Symphony® II continue to get smarter. Symphony II power management, which can be included with all Briggs & Stratton generators, automatically balances the power needs of a home’s electrical loads—including high-wattage items. Therefore families get uninterrupted, whole-house power with a smaller—and, thus, more affordable—standby generator. For more information about the entire line
Replacing carpet with a more durable option, such as wood, can add a new dimension to any room.
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LOOK AT NEW LIGHTING. Changing up the
lighting can completely transform a space. Use window treatments such as drapes and blinds to control natural light and lend a stylish addition to the room. Floor and table lamps are ideal for more subtle task lighting, while overhead fixtures can make a stronger statement.
EXPLORE A NEW FLOOR. Replacing heavily worn carpet in high traffic areas with a more durable option such as wood or tile may not only improve the look but also prove a smart investment as it wears better in the future. If you still enjoy the look of your tile, consider removing and replacing the grout, then sealing it to protect the finish.
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F YOU’RE LOOKING FOR WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR HOME BUT DON’T HAVE THE BUDGET FOR A FULL-SCALE RENOVATION, LOOK AT UPGRADES THAT ADD INSTANT VALUE WITH A SMALLER INVESTMENT.
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TIPS FOR TACKLING HOME F IMPROVEMENT
ROM AESTHETIC UPGRADES (LIKE REPLACING THE LAMINATE FLOORS IN THE KITCHEN WITH PATTERNED TILE) TO PRACTICAL NECESSITIES (LIKE REMOVING THE TREE ROOTS FROM THE SEWAGE PIPES), THERE IS NO SHORTAGE OF PROJECTS FOR HOMEOWNERS TO TACKLE. With so much to do, home-improvement
projects can feel overwhelming. Rely on research tools such as YP.com and these five tips from home blogger and author Justina Blakeney to help you get started.
TIMING IS EVERYTHING. Prioritize projects by needs, not wants. Blakeney advises making sure important projects like functioning air-conditioning are set before tackling less crucial ones like popcorn ceilings. Create a list of all of the things on your wish list. Then start with the most timely matters and work your way down the list. Be realistic with your goals, and always factor in 20 percent more money and time than you think the project will take. DIY OR HIRE AN EXPERT? Honestly assess your own level of expertise, permit requirements and local regulations, your budget, your timeline and ultimate goals before deciding whether to DIY or hire an expert. Whether you need a personal organizer or a painter, a foundation specialist or a handyman, if you decide an expert is the way to go, ask friends for referrals and then head online to check business information and dig a little deeper before getting a project bid. GET ORGANIZED. Doing your homework before starting a project
stores you will source materials from. You’ll have all of the info in one place for followups, and it’s easy to share the info with friends once they start asking for recommendations. Also get a clear breakdown of all elements involved in each project, how much each step will cost and deadlines for each step along the way.
GET SAVVY. One of the best ways to save time and money is to find things second hand. Thrift shops, salvage shops and flea markets are great places to find furniture, appliances and hardware on the cheap. Or, repurpose items you already own by moving them to a different room or by painting them different colors. Explore all of your options and resources before spending that hard-earned cash. JUST GET STARTED. It’s OK to start small. Swap out the old hardware on your kitchen cabinets or fix the broken brick on your patio. Just start somewhere, and build your way up to the larger stuff.
can help speed things up later on. Create a “mybook®” collection at YP.com of professionals you will be working with and all the To begin researching a project for your home, visit YP.com or look for the YPSM app in the App Store for iPhone and through Google Play for Android.
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• Features a split and open floor plan with a huge screened lanai and a spectacular summer kitchen. • Massive gas fireplace in the great room will make chilly weather disappear and add both warmth and ambiance. • This home is superb for entertaining! From tray ceilings to exquisite crown molding, there’s plenty to love.
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FREEZER HACKS THAT SAVE TIME & MONEY
S MUCH AS 30 TO 40 PERCENT OF ALL FOOD IN NORTH AMERICA IS WASTED, ACCORDING TO THE UNITED NATIONS ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMME. THAT’S ABOUT 20 POUNDS PER PERSON EVERY MONTH! IN TERMS OF MONEY, THAT’S AN ALARMING $165 BILLION IN WASTED FOOD ANNUALLY, ACCORDING TO THE NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL.
you plan to eat later in the week can be placed in storage containers and frozen until use. After some practice, you’ll be able to work efficiently and prep meals that work best for your family.
PREPARE FOR THE UNEXPECTED. Let’s face it, things happen: Storms roll
A smarter freezer storage plan, coupled with buying in bulk, saves time, money, decreases waste and makes for a more organized home. You can maximize the value of your freezer and ensure your hard-earned dollars don’t go to waste with these five easy tips to help keep your family and freezer organized.
in and the power goes out. Your freezer can be your biggest ally to combat food and money loss due to unexpected and uncontrollable events. To protect the investment you just made to your family’s meal plan, arm yourself with the new Frigidaire Gallery Freezer, a first-of-its-kind upright with ArcticLock™ Technology that offers thicker walls than traditional freezers to keep foods frozen for over two days during a power outage. It’s also garage-ready and built to handle extreme hot and cold weather.
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FIND A BULK BUDDY. While you may not need a 10-pound bag of cheese,
food bill when buying in bulk. A freezer provides additional storage space, giving you the flexibility to store larger quantities of food out of the way while you keep items for immediate use close by. A great option is the Frigidaire freezer, which boasts ample storage capacity, superior organization and peace of mind. Plus, it’s ENERGY STAR qualified and 22 percent more energy efficient than standard freezers.
DESIGNATE A MEAL PREP DAY. You can ensure you always have healthy, home-cooked meals on hand by taking a few hours once a week to prep and cook your meals. Meals that you’ll eat early in the week can be kept in the fridge until mealtime. Dishes
you probably have a friend or neighbor who would split the cost with you. Make it a date; buy in bulk together then split the goods with the proper food storage containers.
END FREEZER BURN. Reduce excess air in storage bags or containers, which toughens textures and worsens flavors. Note, however, that you’ll need to leave space in containers that hold soup or sauce as liquid expands when frozen and could potentially crack your storage containers.
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SUMMERGLEN: Home of Distinction welcomes you to view this beauty…Spacious Vaulted Ceilings, 3/2/2 with expanded garage. Built-in surround-Master bath w/zero entry shower. Most wantMartha ed spacious closets! Upgraded appliances, Community RV resident Maclinparking. Touch of class amenities with heated pool. Lowest of HOA Reynolds MLS#419289 (352) 362-1399 fees. Near enough to everything. Asking $193,900.
BEVERLY HILLS: 3 bedroom, 4 bath, 2 car garage home is great for entertaining! 3150 sq. ft. living area includes a den/office. Pool has a beach area on the 5.8 acres. Horses allowed. Property next to the community’s 28 miles of horse trails. $439,700 MLS#431319
OCALA PALMS: Custom model with pool on a lushly landscaped lot. Formal dining room, den, 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. Beautiful kitchen boasts Silestone counters, pendant lighting, large master bedBunny room has sliders to the Lanai. Enjoy the pool year round with solar Cooney (352) 361-8575 heat. Two car garage, plus golf cart garage. $282,000 MLS#428739
OAK RUN: Popular Tahiti mode in prestigious Eagles Point. Eat-inkitchen with granite counters, maple cabinets and breakfast bar. ForPaul Valois mal dining room plus den, large great room, split bedroom plan. Cov(352) 895-1020 ered screened lanai and fenced back yard. $180,450 MLS#423802
WESTGATE: Custom 4/3/2 nested on heavily wooded 6.14 acres. Japanese Zen mediation garden 41x25 labyrinth with river stone enhancement, generator for house. Laminate floors, sunny eat-in-kitchen with solid surface counters, double oven full size double oven, freezer, center island. Step ceiling in formal dining room, 9’ ceiling, 14’ ceiling in family room, double sided fireplace, oversized 2 car 25x33 garage. MLS#429565
SPRUCE CREEK PRESERVE: Home in gated golf community featuring club house, pool, recreation center and more. This beautiful 2/2/2 has been expertly maintained! Home has it all with a screened lanai, stone patio and tasteful landscaping. Many extras and a home warranty included! Must see! $118,500 MLS#425671
The Brooks/ Kampf Team (352) 989-3162 (352) 812-0557
PALM CAY: This 2/2/2 home in gated 55+ community is clean as a whistle! Features include living room plus den, Large lanai. Very well maintained. Asking $83,900. MLS#432706
ON TOP OF THE WORLD: Popular Hanover Model, 2/2/2 in one of the most desirable 55 plus communities. Eat-in-kitchen with snack bar. Great room/dining room, combined for entertaining, leads to a glassed lanai. Master Bedroom with his/her closet. Tiled Master Bath with double sink vanity. Guest room with bay window. An office/den. A must see! Marvin Brooks (352) 989-3162 Lynne Kampf (352) 812-0557 $158,700 MLS#429273
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On Top of the World- Spacious golf course 2/2/2 home w/tiled foyer, 9’4” ceilings throughout. M/B Suite w/2 walk-in closets, soaker tub, step-in shower and skylight in bathroom. Guest B/R w/bath, Conrad & Library w/French doors, Living room w/dining area w/Amer.Hickory Dania Melancon hardwood flooring, sliders to screened lanai. Large eat-in Kitchen w/ (352) 208-4924 pantry, morning room leading to a private courtyard. Crown molding, large inside laundry and much more. Asking $189,900 MLS#432695
Unbelievable value in a great location! Executive Style Custom Home with 3-4 Bedrms & 3 Baths. Living, Dining & Family Audrey Johns Rms, Large Open Concept Kitchen. 10-12 Ft Clgs throughout Screen Lanai with Summer Kitchen. Situated on .71 of Acre (352) 812-6767 on Cul-de-sac, with Lush Landscaping, Fruit Tree’s, & Privacy. Convenient to SE & SW Ocala. Offered at $249,900 MLS#415355
Stone Creek Upon entering the Graymist, you are greeted to dining & living areas all open to each other w/18” Diagonal tile flooring, enclosed Florida room, windowed breakfast nook in kitchen, pantry, granite prep Julia McPherson areas and plenty of cabinetry. M/suite w/private bath and generous walk (352) 895-0722 in closet. Two guest bedrooms, laundry closet, garage door screen. Many upgrades. Yard maintenance included. Asking $191,500 MLS#431843
Charming, well cared for 3/2/2 home in one of Ocala’s Premier SW Communities. This home features a family room w/gas fireplace. Living room and formal Dining room which opens to a 12 X 19 patio. Kitchen offers separate Julia McPherson dining area, appliances, oak cabinetry and a walk-in pantry. Spacious M/ (352) 895-0722 Bedroom w/walk-in closet- Bath offers a garden tub, shower and a marble vanity. Fenced backyard with utility shed. Asking $171,500 MLS#432833
Price reduced on this terrific, well laid out farm. Farm is cross fenced, 12 X 15 matted stalls, 120 X 30 equipment barn w/four additional matted stalls, open bay, 4 car garage, apartment over barn, close Bridget Williamson to HITS - Equipment and Furniture negotiable. New Price: $268,900
One Owner custom built 3/2/2 Summerglen home. Formal D/R w/trey ceiling. Family Room opens to screened Lanai. Kitchen w/corian counters, ample cabinets, crown molding and two pantries. M/Bath offers a walk-in showSandy er, double sinks and dressing vanities with walk-in closet. Office w/French Dingler (352) 427-6044 door entry. Newer appliances. Inside Laundry. Oversized garage. Newly painted inside & out. Many Extras. Asking $237,000 MLS#428559
Move in ready 3/2 Quail Meadow home. Home features neutral colors, double door to third bedroom/office. Tray ceiling and double Donna Knox sinks in master suite, separate shower and soaker tub. Fenced back(352) 216-5495 yard, covered birdcage. Make your appt. today. Offered at $149,900.
NEW LISTING. NOT YOUR TYPICAL COOKIE CUTTER HOME. Enter this beautiful 3/2 home through the welcoming foyer. Home features an open floor plan, great room w/custom cabinets and wood flooring, spacious eat in kitchen w/gas range, and large pantry. Master suite bath has a double sink vanity, soaking tub and separate shower. There is an enclosed lanai and built in generator. Offered at $169,900. MLS#432582
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MOTION TO SUPPRESS: Most
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statements or items obtained from law enforcement in a criminal case. MOTION TO DISMISS: Breaking
up is hard to do. Eventually, most people will have the occasion to call for the dismissal of an employee, boy/girlfriend or even their favorite college’s football coach. (Will who?) A Motion to Dismiss in a civil or criminal case alleges the facts in support of criminal charges or a civil lawsuit are not legally sufficient and the case should be thrown out, or “dismissed,” by the judge.
Anyone facing an awkward or embarrassing situation would love to simply withdraw from his or her current predicament and fade into the background. A Motion to Withdraw in a civil or criminal case is likewise uncomfortable in that the motion is filed by an attorney seeking the court’s approval for their withdrawing from representing a client in a case.
MOTION TO ABATE: Vacations and holidays seem to pass too quickly. Having just sent my oldest son off to college, there are so many times I wish life had a pause button. Motions to THIS MOTION CAN AFFECTIONATELY BE REFERRED Abate in TO AS THE “PRETTY PLEASE” MOTION. court proceedings are requests to temporarily postpone the case for a set period of time or MOTION FOR while waiting for a certain event RECONSIDERATION: This motion to happen. Although most judges can affectionately be referred to as do not receive Motions to Abate the “pretty please” motion. What favorably, I am always inclined to parent hasn’t been routinely begrant such a request when made rated with the pleas of a child who in a family law case alleging the was initially denied the request to parties are seeking reconciliation. spend the night at a friend’s house or a teenager seeking an extended Motions are a necessary evil in curfew? In court proceedings, court proceedings. Cases simply Motions for Reconsideration don’t move without motions being are, quite similarly, requests for filed and heard. the court to review (again) and But, in our everyday lives, we reconsider a previous unfavorshould foster and appreciate the able ruling. relationships we have with our friends, family and co-workers. MOTION TO WITHDRAW: Otherwise, we run the risk of … Remember those commerjust going through the motions. cials that asked the simple question, “Wanna get away?” Judge Steven G. Rogers currently serves as a circuit court judge. He lives in Ocala with his wife, three children and an extremely spoiled Australian Shepherd.
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As recipient of the OCALA ROTARY CLUB’S Service Above Self Award, presented at the club’s annual banquet in July, KATHLEEN BERNING’s name was engraved in a sterling silver bowl and put on display in the lobby of the Ewers Center at the College of Central Florida. This prestigious award has been given annually since 1957 to a person in the community who exemplifies “service above self ” in all their endeavors. Kathleen was director of volunteers at Hospice of Marion County from 2006 until her retirement in 2012 and has continued volunteer service for the United Way Allocations Team, Hospice Respite Care and community outreach and the Ocala Civic Theatre.
IN SUPPORT OF AG THE MARION COUNTY 4-H FOUNDATION, an organization of local citizens, supports the Marion County 4-H club program by raising funds to underwrite activities of local 4-H club members. The organization recently held a Viva Las Vegas casino night fundraiser to benefit the more than 1,700 members in more than 34 clubs and 3,000 students annually through school enrichment programs. Foundation funds purchase project support materials, fund leadership training, summer camp programs, citizenship and leadership conferences, and assist in expenses associated with state and national competition.
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Everyone is talking about Do Your Thang Show, Ocala’s unique new TV series connecting its audience with inspiring local business owners. The breakout show is the brainchild of ThatsHowItsDone Productions, a marketing firm that specializes in corporate branding. Do Your Thang Show tells the story of its main character’s mundane routine as he struggles to live a more creative, fulfilling life. Hosted by Chris Wims, the show created a movement by targeting anyone disillusioned with their current occupation and inspiring them to do their thang instead. Each episode weaves reality with drama by incorporating local business
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BY JOANN GUIDRY
My dog’s better than your dog. That catch phrase was from a popular dog food advertising jingle in the 1960s. But it might as well be the definition of dog showing. For at its heart, a dog show is a competition to prove who has, at least on that particular day, the best dog. And although there is fun to be had, make no mistake about it, the quest for best-dog bragging rights is serious business. Purebred dog breeders are devoted to their chosen breed or breeds. They spend years and make considerable financial investments to develop their particular bloodlines. The goal is to produce dogs that best meet their particular breed standard of conformation, temperament and movement. Dog shows are the proving ground for their breeding program. Puppies from champion show dogs fetch top prices from dog enthusiasts, perhaps looking for the next best dog. All this doggy drama will be on full display at the Horse Country Cluster Dog Show November 12 through 15. Sponsored by the Greater Ocala Dog Club and the Seminole Dog Fanciers Association, the four-day canine extravaganza will take place at the GODC’s 40-acre facility in Lowell, just northwest of Ocala. The showgrounds take on a festival atmosphere with non-stop action in 10 rings from 8am until 5pm. A virtual city of dog fanciers’ recreational vehicles, as many as 140, rolls in and sets up on the showgrounds, complete with a food and merchandise vendor village. “It’s our biggest show of the year,” says Phil Briasco, GODC president and show chairman. “We have dogs that come from all over the country. It’s an all-breed show with conformation and obedience competition. The total entries for the four days is about 6,000 dogs. We invite everyone to come out and enjoy the show.” For the general public, the Horse Country Cluster Dog Show provides a great opportunity to see a variety of dog breeds in one place. The American Kennel Club, the official United States registry for purebred dogs, currently recognizes 184 breeds. Expect to see many Labrador retrievers, the top AKC-registered dog for 24 consecutive years. But newer additions to the AKC roster, such as the boerboel or the xoloitzcuintli, might make an appearance, too. All will be competing to be named Best In Show, and there’s a unique bonus. The Horse Country Cluster Dog Show is actually comprised of a different complete show on each of the four days. This means that there will actually be four Best In Show dogs chosen over the course of the event.
and they play a key role in a dog’s show career. Ocala native Caitlyn Jewett is a third-generation dog handler and began showing dogs in fun matches when she was just 6. By the time she was 10, Caitlyn had shown her first AKC champion, a border terrier named CB’s Frankly My Dear. She has since followed that with two more champion greyhounds—Grandcru Stag’s Leap With Mistweave JC and Grandcru Kistler in 2012 and 2013, respectively. All three dogs, which Caitlyn raised from puppies, live with her. At home, they’re known by their call names, Scarlett, Jo and Kist, respectively. Joining the champion trio is Noble, a year-old Briard, as well as a pony, a goat and two rabbits. “I grew up at dog shows,” says Caitlyn, now 14. “The family story is that I went to my first dog show when I was 1 month old. I’ve been going ever since.” Caityln’s mother, Maureen, is an AKC-registered professional dog handler, as was her late father, Frank. When she turned 9, Caitlyn began showing as an AKC junior handler and can
“When we use a new dry cleaner, we always have to explain why our jackets smell like hot dogs.” continue showing as such right up until she turns 18. “I show in both junior showmanship and conformation,” says Caitlyn, who has been homeschooled, attended Blessed Trinity and will go to a charter school before transitioning to Florida Virtual School. “In junior showmanship, it’s all about the handler’s abilities. In conformation, the dog and how it’s shown is more important. The handler and the dog have to work as a team.” Caitlyn likes to start training puppies as soon as possible, focusing on walking on the leash and posing for the judge. She generally puts in “short daily sessions to keep the dogs fresh and happy.” In AKC shows, puppies can first be shown in 6 to 9 months
The Handler Matters
Most people have watched the nationally televised annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and seen the dogs being led in on leashes. The person on the other end of the leash is called the handler, Caitlyn Jewett
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Did You Know?
GODC Staffords at Show
THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW WAS FIRST STAGED ON MAY 8, 1877, in New York City. It is America’s second-longest continuously held sporting event behind the Kentucky Derby (1875). The first Westminster Dog Show included 1,200 dogs and took place in Gilmore’s Garden, which became Madison Square Garden. The first telecast of the Westminster Dog Show was in 1948. The 2016 show is set for February 15 through 16. THE AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB WAS FOUNDED IN NEW YORK IN 1884. THE GREATER OCALA DOG CLUB WAS INCORPORATED AS A NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATION IN 1972. The first AKC all-breed dog show and obedience trial hosted by the GODC took place on April 6, 1974, at College Park Elementary. The GODC purchased 20 acres on Old Gainesville Road in November 1986 and had its first AKC show on the new grounds in April 1987. Additional acreage was purchased in 1989 and 1999 to bring the GODC showgrounds to 40 acres. Sources: American Kennel Club, akc.org, greaterocaladogclub.com
The Judge at work in Montgomery County
classes but earlier in fun matches. Treats play a big role in dog show training and at the shows. “Giving a dog treats helps them focus on you,” says Caitlyn. “At home, I use just regular doggie treats. At the shows, I use cut up hot dogs and even steak. That really gets their attention.” Handlers generally dress in office attire, including jackets with pockets for treats. “Handlers have a big dry cleaning bill because of the treats we keep in our pockets,” says Caitlyn. “When we use a new dry cleaner, we always have to explain why our jackets smell like hot dogs.” Dog showing involves a lot of travel to and from weekend shows. Like most handlers, Caitlyn and her mother travel in a show dogcustomized RV. They generally go to 50 to 60 shows a year, mainly in the southeast region. “I really love dogs and showing. It’s a lot of work, but it’s a lot of fun, too,” says Caitlyn, who also takes Irish dance lessons. “I have so many friends from all over the country. Dog show people are like one big family. We’re all very
It’s a daunting task to evaluate and judge so many dogs with so much on the line. competitive, but we also help each other out, too.” As for becoming a professional dog handler when she turns 18, Caitlyn is leaving the door open. “Other than dogs, I also love the performing arts,” she says. “And right now, I think I’d like to go to New York University and consider a career in the performing arts.” But until then, odds are good that Caitlyn will lead a few more dogs to their championship titles. Treats included.
All Hail The Judge
A show dog’s fate rests largely with the judge, who has a mental picture of the perfect dog of that breed. To become a judge, a person must devote many years to meeting and exceeding the AKC requirements. For example, a person can’t even begin the process until he or she has more than a decade’s worth of experience as an owner, breeder
and exhibitor. Additionally, the aspiring judge must have bred four to five litters and at least two champions. Then there’s written, oral and field tests to pass. You get the picture—there’s no fast lane to becoming an AKC judge. Ocala resident Roberta Campbell has successfully navigated that challenging road. As a breeder and handler for 25 years, Campbell had numerous champions in the Terrier group. She even worked for the AKC out of their New York office for many years. Since 1997, she’s been an AKC judge and is now approved in the Terrier, Hound and Herding groups, as well as Best In Show competition. “I’ve traveled all over the world as a judge,” says Campbell, who is the current GODC vice president. “These days, I generally go to shows two weekends a month. I still get to see a lot of dogs, and that keeps me sharp.” At a large show, Campbell can eye 1,500 to 1,800 dogs in a Continued on page 36
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day. It’s a daunting task to evaluate and judge so many dogs with so much on the line. As the dogs are led into the ring by their handlers, Campbell stands in the center and scans them as they gait around the edge. Each dog is then stacked, a.k.a. posed, to show the dog to its best advantage in profile. “I like to take my time and observe each dog for conformation, overall balance, movement and its personality,” says Campbell. “Next I go over each dog with my hands, checking things like skull shape, depth of chest, spring of ribs, coat and body condition. Then I’ll ask the handler to gait the dog around the ring. All of this goes into evaluating how closely that dog displays its specific breed characteristics. Judges only have a matter of minutes to pick the best dog.” Even after a lifetime involved with dogs, Campbell is still invigorated by the dog showing sport. “There’s always something to learn,” she says. “It’s great seeing old friends and making new ones. But the dogs are the best part of it all. They bring me great joy.”
Want To Go? HORSE COUNTRY CLUSTER DOG SHOW Nov. 12-15, 8am-5pm, $5 per car Greater Ocala Dog Club Showgrounds 10205 NW Gainesville Road (25A), Ocala
What’s Going On In Those Rings? Conformation Classes: The majority of dogs in conformation shows are competing to earn points toward their AKC championship title. A dog must accumulate 15 points awarded by at least three different judges to become an AKC champion (CH). Once that happens, CH. precedes the dog’s name. Dogs can also become grand champions (GR. CH.) by competing against other champions, primarily at the Best of Breed level. Male and female dogs of each breed initially begin the day by competing separately in one of the following classes: Puppy (6 to 12 months), 6 to 9 Months, 12 to 18 Months, 12 to 15 Months, 15 to 18 Months, Novice, Amateur-Owner-Handler, Bred by Exhibitor, AmericanBred and Open. Then, the first-place dogs, males and females separately, in each class are judged together to determine the best of the winning dogs. Only the Winners Dog (best male) and the Winners Bitch (best female) receive championship points. The number of championship points awarded at a show depends on the number of dogs and bitches of the breed actually in competition. The Winners Dog and Winners Bitch are then judged with dogs that are already champions for their respective Best of Breed award. Each Best of Breed winner represents that breed in the Group portion of the show. There are seven AKC Groups: Sporting, Hound, Working, Terrier, Toy, Non-sporting and Herding. Each recognized breed belongs to a specific group, such as German shorthaired pointers in the Sporting group, Yorkshire terriers in the Toy group and German shepherds in the Herding group. The
seven Best of Group winners then go on to the Best of Show competition at the end of the day.
Obedience Classes: Dogs and handlers in the obedience classes are judged on their ability to execute a predetermined set of exercises, such as heel, sit, stay and come. The duo is scored on a scale of 0 through 200 points and have to score at least 170 in three shows to earn an obedience title. Examples of the latter include companion dog (CD), companion dog excellent (CDX) and utility dog (UD). There are many more obedience titles, and the exercises are increasingly more difficult with each advanced title.
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Call it a music festival with a community service mission.
By JoAnn Guidry
Good music and good deeds pair up in the second annual Feel Downtown LIVE Harvest Fest Music & Food Truck Festival on Saturday, November 14, at Tuscawilla Park.
No doubt that the Feel Downtown LIVE Harvest Fest Music & Food Truck Festival will be good fun for the whole family. A full slate of multiple genre musical acts will perform from 1-10pm. There will also be food and dessert trucks, a craft beer garden and a vendor village, all staged in the scenic setting of Tuscawilla Park. But the twist here is the price of admission: a non-perishable food donation to help feed Project Hope families. “From the beginning, we wanted to put on a festival for music lovers,” says Janie Pope, the marketing and communication manager/public information officer for the City of Ocala. “We partnered with Project Hope as a way to also give back to the community.” Ocala-based Project Hope is a not-for-profit social service organization that provides long-term housing and life-skills training for homeless families. Harvest Fest, born from the original Feel Downtown LIVE Concert Series, launched in November 2013. When that series was moved to the spring, it left an opening for another music-driven event. “We saw an opportunity to help people grasp the concept that downtown Ocala is more than just the square and Citizens’ Circle,” says Pope. “We see Tuscawilla Park, which has undergone a cultural revitalization, as a vital component of downtown Ocala. We thought it would be a great venue for a music festival. And when Linear Park is completed, we envision a weekend-long music festival that will truly incorporate all of downtown Ocala.”
THOMAS WYNN AND THE BELIEVERS • BEEBS AND HER MONEY MAKERS • GRINGO STAR • BLACKBERRY SMOKE • EVAN TAYLOR JONES BAND
Even though the 2014 Harvest Fest was shortened by an unusual November storm, Pope was more than encouraged to proceed with a second one. In fact, it will be a case of bigger and better this time around. “The storm forced us to shut down after only about three hours last year,” says Pope. “But we had at least 500 people just by that time and likely would’ve had many more going into the evening. Even in just that time span, we saw the potential of the festival to attract a good crowd and decided to go forward with it.” This year’s Harvest Fest Music & Food Truck Festival has expanded from seven hours to nine hours and from one stage to two for the musical acts to perform. The festival’s headliner will be national Southern rock band Blackberry Smoke. Other musical acts set to perform include Evan Taylor Jones Band, Beebs and Her Money Makers, Gringo Star, The Trip (featuring members of Seretonic), Thomas Wynn and the Believers, Travis Knight and Greymarket. Pope promises that “music lovers will be pleased with the eclectic acts that will be performing, from rock to pop to country to jazz and folk music.” Although general admission is the aforementioned non-perishable food donation, there will be VIP tickets available for $40. The latter will include a Harvest Fest T-shirt, up-close seating at both stages, one free drink and separate restroom access. “We invite everyone to come out to Harvest Fest for a great day of music and fun,” says Pope. “And it’s a wonderful way to give back to the community.” Harvest Fest sponsors to date include JVC Broadcasting, Tri-Eagle Sales, Insight Credit Union and Angie Lewis State Farm.
WELCOME HOME, TRAVIS KNIGHT Travis Knight began playing music in grade school and hasn’t stopped since. After graduating with a bachelor’s in music industry from the University of Southern California, Knight was part of the alternative rock band Moss Bluff for five years. Today, Knight lives in Southern California and is a freelance production director. His projects run the gamut from commercials to music videos to the pilot for a comedy television series. Knight filmed the latter, Romancing the Patio, two years ago in Ocala and is still shopping it around. He’s also written songs and produced two albums for the group Talons of Spring. But it is multi-talented Knight’s music that is his enduring passion. This past April, he released Risky Calm Oddity, his first solo album. “Over the years, I’ve come to think of music, as a whole, as a risky commodity,” says Knight, 33. “The album’s title was a play on that phrase, and the songs evolved from that thought. The songs are very personal to me, and I wrote them as short, no-frills stories set to music.” Knight, who describes himself as a poet first, transforms his poems “into music lyrics while playing an instrument, mostly an acoustic guitar.” Knight wrote all 10 songs, does all the vocals and played all the instruments on Risky Calm Oddity. Oddity The music is an eclectic mix of “folk songs infused with classic rock, reggae tones and country rock.” The album was produced at Knight’s friend Samu Khouja’s Seahorse Sound Studio in Southern California. At Harvest Fest, Knight will also be playing music from his second album, Hello, Dali, which was scheduled at this writing to be released in October. That album was produced by fellow Ocala native William Ryan Fritch, who also now lives in California. “The second album is more orchestral with more piano in it,” says Knight. “I call the first album lo-fi and the second one hi-fi.” As for being the first artist to sign on to play Harvest Fest, Knight says, “I accepted the invitation right away because I love coming home to Ocala. I’m looking forward to playing my music for a hometown crowd.”
Want To Know More? travisknightmusic.com
Want To Go? 2ND ANNUAL FEEL DOWNTOWN LIVE HARVEST FEST Saturday, Nov. 14 at Tuscawilla Park from 1-10pm | General admission: Non-perishable food donation
To purchase $40 VIP tickets: feeldowntownlive.com/harvestfest or harvestfest15.eventbrite.com
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ASK MOST PEOP LE W HAT F LORIDA IS FAMOUS F OR AND T HE IR ANSW ERS W ILL LIKELY INCLUDE MICKEY MOUS E AND T HE BEACH. NO OF F ENSE, MICKEY, BU T T HE SUNSHINE STAT E ISN’T J UST ABOU T TOURISM. Granted, we’re a lot more “country” here in Ocala than folks are in, say, Orlando or Tampa, but even many Marion County residents don’t fully grasp the true influence of agriculture on our state. Accounting for 2.1 million jobs in Florida, agriculture has total economic effects of $120 billion. “Florida is well known for being the ‘Citrus State’ and for good reason—our farmers produce 65 percent of the oranges grown in the United States and 61 percent of the grapefruit,” notes Aaron Keller, press secretary from the office of Agriculture Commissioner Adam H. Putnam. “However, Florida farming continues to provide a solid economic foundation based upon a whole host of commodities,” adds Keller. “Florida is first in cash receipts in the United
States for snap beans, sweet corn, fresh and processed cucumbers, squash and watermelon and second (in the United States) for bell peppers, green house nurseries, strawberries, sugarcane and tomatoes. Our combined cash receipts for some of the fruits, vegetables, berries and watermelon usually run around $1.9 billion (2013 figures).” Many people don’t realize the “wild west” actually started here. Florida has the longest ranching history of any state in the Union, dating back to when cattle first arrived with the earliest Spanish explorers over four centuries ago. Today, our state is home to some 1.7 million head of cattle. As of January 1, 2015, Florida ranked 10th in the United States by number of beef cattle (913,000, up 9,000 head over 2014). “Cash receipts for marketing 802,000 head of beef cattle hit another historic milestone, reaching $868 million,” Keller reports. “This is up from 2014, the second highest level of cash receipts, which were $653 million. Currently, sales and herd strength appear well positioned for the future, and there is some interest in developing a Florida brand of beef in the upcoming year or two as well.”
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hat better time than the week before Thanksgiving to recognize the contribution made by farmers and ranchers—not just in Florida but across the nation? That was the thought behind National Farm-City Week, first celebrated in 1955 and established to remind both producers and consumers that we’re mutually dependent upon each other. Each year, the president of the United States proclaims National Farm-City Week and communities across the United States hold their
own festivities in honor of the nationally recognized event, including everything from tours and festivals to banquets and job exchanges. Many of the programs focus on education of both consumers and school children. The event is also a good time to realize how fortunate we are as Americans. Here in the United States, the average household spends only about 7 percent of the typical family budget eating at home. Contrast this with the typical Russian family, which spends 31 percent of its budget on the same. So, whether you live on a farm or the closest you come is an occasional visit to the farmers market, Farm-City Week has something for everyone. “This is a national event that was initiated in the 1950s,” says David Holmes, county extension director of the Marion County Extension Service and chair of the Marion County Farm-City Week event. “It’s meant to help people who live in urban areas understand the importance of agriculture while also helping people in agricultural areas appreciate the importance of the urban sector. Growers can produce all the food they want, but it won’t help if no one buys it. It’s a two-way street, and that’s the reason for Farm-City Week. Locally, we thought of it as an opportunity and wanted to provide a smorgasbord of activities for the week of November 15 through 21.” A week’s worth of agriculture-related events kicks off on Sunday, November 15, with an open house festival at the Marion County 4-H Farm, located in southeast Marion County at the corner of Maricamp and Baseline roads. Not every young person active in 4-H lives on a farm. A surprising number of those youth reside in urban areas but still participate in ruralbased projects. That’s where the Marion County 4-H Farm comes into play. The 45-acre facility was created especially for those 4-H youth who want to raise steers and hogs but don’t live where this is feasible. Youth interested in 4-H gardening projects also use the farm, which has an irrigated section for this purpose. The Farm-City Festival and open house take place there on Sunday, November 15 from noon to 3pm. This is the third year for the event here, and it’s grown significantly. Created as “a day in the country for the whole family,” the event is free and open to all. You don’t have to be a kid to have fun here. Both children and adults can get as hands-on as they like with a host of interactive activities. Numerous sectors of the local agriculture industry will be represented and on display, thanks to a photo contest, farm equipment display and a number of live animals, ranging from horses and cattle to sheep and hogs. A retired Thoroughbred racehorse from
the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation program at the Lowell Correctional Institute will be at the event. Stop by the sheep shearing demonstration where children especially will appreciate watching shearers expertly remove the wool and explain what they’re doing through the process. And speaking of sheep, don’t miss the live herding dog demonstrations. “Herding dogs were added to the event for the first time last year, and people were really interested in this,” says Holmes. Working strictly off signals from his master, a herding dog makes short work of moving a group of sheep or cattle from one place to another, including driving them into a pen. Careful breeding and extensive training go into developing these amazing dogs, saving the farmer both time and effort. (Plus, they’re a lot of fun to watch in action!) The festival features a Kiddie Corral and plenty of entertainment targeted to young attendees. Kids can learn to make butter, squeeze fresh orange juice, participate in an egg toss, design and wear racing silks, color a picture of a horse and more. Plan to come hungry, as the open house is a great place for lunch with food available for purchase. There’s also a farmers market, so you can do a bit of shopping for fresh, locally grown produce and other local goods before heading home. Live music by the Boilin’ Oil Band, a popular folk band based in Gainesville, will provide a backdrop for the afternoon event. “This year, we have a scavenger hunt with questions that anyone can participate in,” Holmes adds. “You can find the answers at various booths throughout the event, and if your answers are correct, you’re entered in the prize drawing.”
ACT IV IT IE S CONT INU E ALL W E E K LONG
s Farm-City Week continues, you’ll have more opportunities to learn about what’s happening in Florida’s agricultural scene. Sign up for the open house tours on Wednesday, November 18 at the University of Florida Plant Science Unit located in Citra on Highway 318, between U.S. 441 and U.S. 301. “This is new this year, and it’s all free,” says Holmes, noting that these tours are designed for adults. “There are four tours at 10am, 10:30am, 11am and 11:30am, and you’ll find out the research that’s being done in agriculture at the University of Florida. Free lunch is included, and in the afternoon, you can attend your choice of seminars. There’s also a landscape
area using native plants, if you’re interested in making your yard Florida friendly.” Although there’s no cost, you do have to register in advance on eventbrite.com by searching for the “Gainesville Farm City Week Tour At UF.” Also open to the public and growing in popularity each year is the Farm-City Week/Agricultural Hall of Fame Banquet to be held on Thursday, November 19 at the Marion County Extension Service auditorium on Old Jacksonville Road. All food and even the décor is locally grown. There is a $20 fee to cover the cost of the meal, and advance registration is required by November 9. Call the Marion County Extension Service at (352) 671-8400. Continued on page 44
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The Farm-City Festival is sponsored by the Marion County Farm-City Week Coalition, UF/IFAS Marion County Extension Service, Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ & Owners’ Association, Florida Equine Communications, Marion County Farm Bureau, Marion County Public Schools, Ocala/Marion County Chamber Economic Partnership (CEP), Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services and thanks to Seminole Feed.
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large carrots, peeled and cut into matchsticks
large Florida cucumbers, seeds removed and cut into thin strips
cup rice wine vinegar
tablespoon olive oil
cup fresh mint, chopped
cup natural flour
tablespoon fresh ginger, grated (or 1 teaspoon powdered ginger)
cups Florida peanuts (unsalted) crushed
teaspoon curry powder (yellow)
large whole eggs Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
tablespoon canola oil
In a mixing bowl add carrots, cucumbers, vinegar, olive oil, mint and ginger. Stir all ingredients to combine. Taste, and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Cover carrot salad, and keep refrigerated until use. In a small bowl, crack eggs and add two tablespoons of water, and mix until combined. Set egg mixture aside. In a separate medium-sized mixing bowl, combine crushed peanuts, flour, curry powder and season lightly with salt and pepper. Heat a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add chicken breasts to the egg mixture to evenly coat. Remove egg-coated chicken breasts one at a time, and roll breasts in peanut mixture until completely coated. Repeat process until all chicken is coated. Add canola oil to preheated sauté pan. Add coated chicken breasts to the sauté pan, and cook until golden brown. Chicken should be cooked completely all the way through the thickest part of the chicken. Insert an internal cooking thermometer into the thickest part of the chicken breast. It should read 165°F for correct doneness. Remove from pan, and let cool slightly. Recipe courtesy of FreshfromFlorida.com.
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Long before Florida joined the Union in 1845, back in the days when it was still a territory—wild, untamed and rough around the edges—a tradition of winemaking was born. In fact, wine grapes were grown in the Sunshine State earlier than in any other region of the country. Settlers of the St. Augustine area in the 1500s first made wine from native muscadine grapes they found growing there. Later that century, Spanish missionaries planted grapes specifically to make wine for religious ceremonies. In 1923, the Florida Grape Growers Association (renamed the Florida Wine and Grape Growers Association in 2015) was founded. By the 1930s, University of Florida researchers were hard at work, developing hybrid, disease-resistant grape varieties that would thrive in the state’s temperate climate and sandy soil. Many Florida vineyards make their wine from muscadine grapes, as these native Southeastern grapes thrive in the warm, humid climate and require fewer chilling hours than other grapes. They’re also resistant to disease, including the dreaded Pierce’s disease, first discovered in California in the late 1800s, which can decimate other species of grapes. Muscadines have all the health benefits of red wine… and then some. Rich in polyphenolic antioxidants, muscadines are loaded with ellagic acid, which is touted for its anti-cancer and tumor-fighting properties. Grapes aren’t the only source for winemaking. A number of Florida wineries also focus on fruit and fruit-blend wines made from locally grown berries and fruits. Blueberry wine is especially popular. We’ve rounded up a number of wineries and vineyards in the Central Florida region. Why not take advantage of the perfect fall weather and make a short road trip to discover what they have to offer?
Tangled Oaks Vineyard Grandin, FL Founded: 2006
Founded by the DaCasto family, which has roots in the Piedmont region of Italy, Tangled Oaks Vineyard is located in Putnam County, just east of Gainesville in the quaint community of Grandin. A certified Florida Farm Winery, Tangled Oaks was the first winery established in the county and focuses on traditional southern muscadine wines from locally grown Florida grapes, along with some international varieties. Wines range from dry to sweet. They offer free tours and tastings. The winery is also the site of large wine and art festivals in the spring and fall.
Island Grove Wine Company
• Expanded gift shop with work by local artists and craftsmen
Muscadine (Carlos and Noble), international varieties include Barbera a n d C h a r d o n n ay, blueberry and other fruit wines in season
• Award-winning Noble wine • Hosts several festivals each year
tangledoaksvineyard.com | (386) 659-1707
Island Grove, FL Founded: 2010
Located in Alachua County, Island Grove Wine Company takes full advantage of the area’s premier blueberry production, crafting fine wines from the freshest blueberries grown on their own Florida plantations. The wine company is a division of Island Grove Ag Products, which produces over 2 million pounds of blueberries in Florida each year. Award-winning wine maker Chase Marden came up with the winery’s premier blueberry wines. Rich in antioxidants, these wines are very low in sulfites and boast many of the same health benefits as fresh blueberries. The winery also produces several different fruit-wine blends. Situated off a tranquil country road, the winery features a state-of-the-art, 10,000-square-foot facility right on the farm. Statuesque oak trees abound in the area, so it only makes sense that the wine labels bear this distinctive image.
Why We Love It
The Corkscrew Ocala, FL and The Villages, FL Founded: 2012
Why We Love It • Specializes in blueberry wines and fruit-wine blends • Offers a wine club, and members are given priority purchase options for pre-released and small-batch wines • Free tours and tastings
If you ever wanted to be a winemaker, here’s your chance! The Corkscrew not only offers a great place to socialize over wine and snacks, but it’s also the place to make your own wine, which is a perfect date night or girls’ night out activity. Owners Joe and Kelli Carvalho furnish the supplies and the how-to instruction. They’ll help you customize your own wine, right down to the personalized labels. It’s become a popular option for weddings and other special events. Once the wine has aged properly, you come in to bottle, cork and label it. Each batch makes 28 to 30 bottles. Enjoy meat and cheese boards, hummus boards and live entertainment on Friday and Saturday evenings. Wine and beer available by the glass or in sample flights.
Why We Love It
Kinda Dry Blueberry Wine, Sorta Sweet Blueberry Wine, Blueberry Moscato, numerous other fruit wines ranging from dry to sweet
• Private venue available for special events
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• Make y ou r own wi n e comp l ete wi th p e r s on al i ze d l ab e l s • All wine and beer offered on tap is made on premises
Wines Available Numerous varieties made from grapes imported from around the world
t h e c o r k s c r e w w i n e r y. c o m Ocala: (352) 402-0158 or The Villages: (352) 751-1787
Whispering Oaks Winery Oxford, FL Founded: 2014
Located in Sumter County just five miles from The Villages, Whispering Oaks Winery is off to an explosively good start, as sales have tripled since their opening last year. The Vanderwey family turned a 58-acre horse farm into a blueberry farm and winery. By the end of 2015, they expect to be producing 1 million bottles per year. Whispering Oaks Winery has already won awards in five international competitions, one of which had 4,902 products entered from 29 states and 26 countries. The winery focuses exclusively on blueberry wines made from the freshest Florida-grown berries, known for being high in beneficial antioxidants. Wines and wine accessories are sold in their gift shop. Food is available, so you can enjoy a relaxing afternoon on the farm with wine and snacks.
Why We Love It • Whispering Oaks wines are also sold in Tr a d e r J o e s a n d F r e s h M a r ke t • Wine tasting room located in a classy converted horse barn • Open daily with live m u s i c o n w e e ke n d s
Wines Available Six types of blueberry wine, ranging from mild to sweet to dry winesofflorida.com (352) 748-0449
Dakotah Winery & Vineyards Chiefland, FL Founded: 1985
This family-owned and -operated winery was founded by Dr. Max Rittgers, a native of South Dakota, who came to Central Florida 50 years ago. The name “Dakotah” was taken from the Native American Lakota tribe. With its classy setting and immaculate grounds, Dakotah Winery is known as a place of peace and a haven for both humans and waterfowl, as it is also a wildlife refuge. Dakotah’s wine labels feature a colorful wood duck, many of which call the winery home and can be seen there regularly. Antique windmills and a 1930’s Ford truck add to the historic ambiance. Guests enjoy free tours and tastings and relaxing on the deck overlooking the pond where many large Japanese Koi sparkle and splash beneath the Florida sun. Inside, wine samples are served daily at the horseshoe-shaped, copper tasting counter. Today, the winery is run by Max and his son, Rob Rittgers, and has become a popular destination for wine lovers from Marion County and The Villages.
Why We Love It
• Wildlife refuge and bird sanctuary
Muscadine wine: Noble, Carlos, Cabernet S a u v i g n o n , M e r l o t , C h a r d o n n ay, B l u s h , B l u e b e r r y D e s s e r t W i n e , C r e a m S h e r r y, Port, non-alcoholic muscadine juice
• Featured in Southern Livin g magazine • Underground wine cellar
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Oak Haven Farms & Winery Sorrento, FL Founded: 1996
You may already know Oak Haven Farms as a “U-pick” destination for strawberries. It’s become a popular spot on weekends during strawberry season (late December through early April) when it also features a country kitchen. In 2010, the Stauderman family added a vineyard and on-site winery. Made from its own berries, Oak Haven Farm’s strawberry wine is a great accompaniment for dessert. They also offer blueberry wine made from local Florida blueberries, along with the popular muscadine wines, Carlos and Noble, including sweet and dry variations of both.
Why We Love It • Strawberry wine (their best seller!) • Discounts on half and full cases of wine • Country store and restaurant during strawberry season
Wines Available Strawberry Wine, Blueberry Wine, muscadine wines: Carlos, Carlos Dry, Noble, Noble Dry
berriesandwines.com | (352) 516-2139
Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards Clermont, FL Founded: 1989
Ranked as the state’s largest premium winery, Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards is located on a 127-acre estate in the scenic, rolling countryside. Considered a pioneer in the development of Florida wines, Lakeridge produces over a million bottles annually. Wines are sold under the Lakeridge and Lakeridge Reserve brand labels at the winery, major supermarkets and wine shops throughout Florida. The winery features a 35,000-square-foot, Spanish-style building that houses the winemaking area, distribution warehouse, retail wine shop with gifts and wine accessories, over 350,000 gallons of refrigerated stainless steel storage tanks and sparkling wine caves. Complimentary tours and tastings are conducted seven days a week. You can purchase gourmet foods in the wine shop and enjoy them in their picnic area.
Why We Love It • Hosts 12 different themed festivals annually • Has won more than 600 awards for excellence in winemaking • L a ke r i d g e ’ s w i n e s a l s o s o l d a t F l o r i d a s u p e r m a r ke t s a n d w i n e s h o p s
Wines Available Numerous varieties of table, dessert, blended and sparkling wines made from n a t i v e m u s c a d i n e a n d hy b r i d g r a p e s , s u c h a s Stover and Blanc du Bois l a ke r i d g e w i n e r y. c o m (352) 394-8627 or (800) 768-WINE (9463)
Strong Tower Vineyard & Winery Spring Hill, FL Founded: 2001
Owners Terry and Janis McKnight planted their first vines in 2001 and became a Florida Farm Winery in 2008. All Strong Tower wines are made from three thoughtfully selected grape varieties grown in their own 11-acre vineyard. These include Ison (a hybrid muscadine), Carlos (a white muscadine) and Norton (a northern bunch grape). Depending on the season, the winery also makes blueberry, strawberry and watermelon wine from locally grown fruit. Strong Tower won multiple awards at the 11th and 12th Florida International Wine Competition. Their one-site shop offers wines, wine accessories and gifts. Every other Friday, Strong Tower stays open until 10pm for “Evening at the Vineyard,” featuring food vendors and wine available for purchase by the glass or bottle. Enjoy a relaxing evening under the stars! Check their website for the next date.
Why We Love It • Av a i l a b l e f o r p r i v a t e t a s t i n g s , p a r t i e s , fundraisers and special occasion events • Open for “U-pick” during harvest season • Complimentary tasting and vineyard tours • “Evening at the Vineyard” every other F r i d ay n i g h t
Wines Available Whites, reds, blush and fruit wines in season ( b l u e b e r r y, s t r a w b e r r y, watermelon)
strongtowervineyard.com | (352) 799-7612
Bluefield Estates Winery Gainesville, FL Founded: 2006
Bradley and Jennifer Ferguson are Gainesville locals and graduates of the University of Florida who turned their winemaking hobby into a commercial winery business. Bluefield Estates Winery is located on Gainesville’s east side near Newnan’s Lake in the small community of Windsor. The Fergusons grow blueberries and muscadine grapes (both Carlos and Noble varieties) on their farm to make their wines. They also have created a line of flavorful fruity fusion wines made from all-natural fruit blended with popular varietal grapes. There’s no appointment necessary for wine tasting, but if you’d like to arrange for a private tasting for a large group (eight or more people), call to set up an appointment.
Why We Love It • Join their wine club for discounts • U-pick grapes and blueberr i e s , i n s e a s o n ( c a l l t o m a ke arrangements) • Subscribe to mailing list to receive special offers and updates
San Sebastian Winery
s a n s e b a s t i a n w i n e r y. c o m (904) 826-1594 or (888) 352-9463
B l u e b e r r y, muscadine (Carlos and Noble), fruity fusion wines
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Flagler Beachfront Winery
St. Augustine, FL Founded: 1996
What better place to learn about winemaking than in the birthplace of American wine? San Sebastian Winery makes its home in historic St. Augustine, ideally situated in one of Henry Flagler’s old East Coast Railway buildings. Stop in for a complimentary guided tour, which starts every 15 to 20 minutes seven days a week, and be sure to find your way to the expansive tasting counter to sample their award-winning wines. With the same owner as Lakeridge Winery in Clermont, San Sebastian Winery is delighted to share the art of winemaking with guests and wine lovers. If you’re there on the weekend, don’t miss The Cellar Upstairs Wine, Jazz and Blues Bar. You’ll appreciate a dynamic view of the city from the third floor setting as you listen to live music and enjoy San Sebastian wines, along with a selection of light appetizers and sandwiches.
Flagler Beach, FL Founded: 2013
Why We Love It • Large wine shop • Food and live music on w e e ke n d s • San Sebastian Wines also sold in Florida sup e r m a r ke t s a n d wine shops
Wines Available 11 different wines, sparkling and dessert wines, C r e a m S h e r r y, P o r t
Talk about a perfect setting. Flagler Beachfront Winery is literally located on the ocean and takes full advantage of that fact. You can relax with a glass of wine on the patio that offers an exceptional ocean view. With a focus on crafting small lot, premium wines, Flagler Beachfront Winery releases new wines throughout the year. Their winery, tasting room and gift shop are open seven days a week, year-round. Enjoy progressive food and wine pairings, an extensive tapas menu and gourmet desserts. The winery features Florida-made draft beer on tap and live entertainment every Friday night.
Why We Love It
• Oceanfront patio (dog friendly!)
Assortment of reds (from Cabernet to Pinot noir), and whites ( f r o m C h a r d o n n ay t o Riesling), made from native muscadine outof-state grapes
• Red and white wine slushies • Full moon parties and bottling parties
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918 Rolling Acres Rd, #102, Lady Lake
Florida Estates Winery L a n d O ’ L a ke s , F L Founded: 2001
Backyard Barn Winery & Microbrewery Wildwood, FL Founded: 2015
Owners Joe and Melissa Winiarski turned their passion into a profession when they started Backyard Barn Winery & Microbrewery. This small-batch, farm-based business is family-owned and -operated and is dual licensed for both wine and beer manufacturing. Thanks to the welcoming, laid-back atmosphere, it feels more like hanging out at a cool friend’s place than going to an “establishment.” Check out the band shell, or relax in an Adirondack chair around the fire pit in one of their cozy pergolas. Be sure to visit the indoor tasting room and production room. Enjoy a traditional Italian, thin-crust pizza made in their woodfired pizza oven, as well as fresh food from local food truck vendors. Patrons love their mead and cheese boards and the delicious German-style pretzels with beer-cheese dip. Backyard Barn grows muscadine and Blanc du Bois bunch grapes (developed by the University of Florida). They also make blueberry and blackberry wines from their own fruit as well as other seasonal fruit wines and mead, all using locally produced fruit and honey.
Why We Love It • The farm’s adorable m i n i a t u r e d o n ke y s inspired their logo • Live entertainment on S a t u r d ay e v e n i n g • Wo r k s i n p a r t n e r s h i p with UF to grow their own hops
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Enjoy a true Florida setting when you visit Florida Estates Winery, which is located on a 3,600-acre working cattle ranch. Winemaker Ron Hunt happily shares his expertise and invites you to the tasting room where you can sample small-batch wines made by hand the old-fashioned way. Open daily for conducted tastings and retail sales in their wine and gift store. Large groups of 15 or more should make advance reservations. Florida Estates Winery is home to numerous special events, so check their website for the latest happenings. Ron also hosts “All About Wine,” a blog talk radio program every Thursday at 7pm Eastern on the Internet, where he talks wine with wine lovers from around the world.
Why We Love It
• Festivals, special events and wine classes held throughout the year
Wide variety of wines made from University of Florida hybrid grapes, including white, Chardonnay (from California grapes) blush, red, orange, key lime, starfruit, plantation spice and strawberry port
• Close to antique shops and dining in historic Dade City and San Antonio
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Log Cabin Farm & Vineyard Satsuma, FL Founded: 1995
The Southern tradition of muscadine wine is alive and well at Log Cabin Farm & Vineyard, owned and operated by a third-generation farming family. Located in Putnam County, it’s just minutes from the historic St. Johns River. Originally established as a citrus and poultry farm more than 50 years ago, the present agricultural focus is on muscadine and Blanc du Bois grape varietals. Log Cabin’s country gift shop offers their own wines along with wine accessories and “farm-tofork” selections, such as muscadine jellies, ciders and sauces. An annual highlight is the harvest festival held in late August. There’s even a crowning of the “Grape Goddess” who earns her crown by stomping the most grape juice!
Why We Love It
• Replica log cabin
Carlos muscadine, tropical fruit blends
• Vineyard venue available for weddings and private events • Annual Old Florida Harvest Festival
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It was a Tuesday morning at Eaton’s Beach, the breeze rolling across Lake Weir. We were a little jealous of the jet skiers cruising by, but we didn’t have it bad ourselves. Our instructor, Chef Dave Del Rio, was stirring together a heap of what’s called the Holy Trinity: onions, peppers and garlic. This was the start of his paella Valenciana. There are many folktales about the origins of paella, and he shared his favorite as he diced the chorizo. Long ago, a Spanish innkeeper learned a princess was coming to stay the night at his inn. Hoping to impress her, he gathered the best vegetables, saffron and olive oil he could find to prepare an incredible meal for her. “For her” translates, in Spanish, to para ella. Over time, it was shortened into paella, the name of the delicious dish the innkeeper created and the same one still enjoyed today. Chef Dave—who has been in the industry since the 1980s, training cooks and kitchen managers as a corporate chef for Outback Steakhouse for 20 years—went on to tell us about his trademark Florisiana cooking style as he added a short, fat-grain rice to the massive paella pan. “I was born in Ybor City, but I have a lot of family in Louisiana. My ancestors came from Spain. Half of them settled here, but some needed the ports in Louisiana; they were in the tobacco industry. So I spent a lot of time between Louisiana and Florida, and those were the foods I grew up eating.” He said Florisiana is made up of three Cs and a little BS: Cajun, creole, low country, barbecue and Spanish. And that’s Chef Dave. He’s about teaching his guests the influences on their food in an entertaining way. There is a tradition when making paella to add the rice in the shape of a cross before stirring it in to ensure a good meal. Chef Dave adds his own blessing. “I say I do the cross to honor the St. Don Quixote, who is not a saint at all. I’m serious about great cuisine, but I’m also serious about making cooking fun. I try to entertain and make sure everyone laughs a little.” As much as we love a good recipe, what we loved most was Chef Dave’s appreciation for the dish. And although the promise of sangria didn’t hurt, that’s why the guests at our table came from over an hour away. The rich history of paella is not lost on him, and he imparted that appreciation to us. UPCOMING CLASSES Classes include recipe, demonstration, lunch and beverage (usually alcoholic), $25 to $35 plus tax. Wednesday, November 11, 10am—Seafood Paella Call (352) 259-2444 to reserve seats.
PAELLA VALENCIANA ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil 1
large onion, medium dice
red bell pepper, medium dice or strips
tomato, peeled and seeded
garlic clove, chopped
tsp freshly ground black pepper
tbsp sweet Spanish paprika
oz Spanish chorizo, diced into ½-inch cubes
cups chicken stock Pinch of saffron threads, crumbled and steeped in 1 cup hot chicken stock for 30 minutes
cups Arborio or Valenciana rice (15 oz)
2 oranges and 2 lemons Season chicken thighs with olive oil, paprika, salt and black pepper. Cook over moderate heat, turning occasionally, or place on sheet pan and roast in 325°F oven until golden brown. Transfer chicken thighs to plate, and keep warm until ready to use. In paella pan or large deep skillet, heat 1/4 cup olive oil. Add onion, pepper and garlic. Cook over low heat until softened (10-15 minutes). Add tomatoes and chorizo, stirring occasionally until mixture is soft (5-10 minutes). Add rice and seasonings to the mixture, stirring for several minutes until rice is coated. Add chicken stock
and saffron. Bring mixture to a boil. Nestle chicken into the rice, and cook over moderately low heat until rice is nearly tender (about 18 minutes). Add peas and asparagus if desired, and continue simmering until chicken is warmed through (8-10 minutes). Finish garnishing with oranges and lemons or others, if desired. EATON’S BEACH SANDBAR & GRILL 15790 SE 134th Ave., Weirsdale eatonsbeach.com, (352) 259-2444
A Taste Of Italy
“If somebody rinses the pasta, just call me. I will shoot him.” That’s Chef Giacomo. He’s the general manager and director of culinary operations at Ricciardi’s Italian Table in The Villages. Giacomo Guagliardo is from Sicily, Italy, and has a sense of humor as strong as his Italian accent. He’s been teaching cooking classes since 1994 and has been a chef since 1976 when he graduated from chef school in Italy. He’s called Giacomo by his fans and returning guests, and we could see right away that the next two hours of wining and dining would be as entertaining as they were delicious. We took our seats in a big room at the back of the restaurant where large wooden tables lined the side and back walls, forming a “U” shape with the chef ’s table at the top. Nineteen people, including us, sat at the tables, as servers Jen R. and Jen C. (as Giacomo calls them) poured either white or red wine into each person’s glass. Out came the appetizers, consisting of sliced prosciutto and ham, halved grape tomatoes and artichokes, and thick circles of soft mozzarella. As we munched, we were warned by the woman next to us to take it slow. This was her fourth time at one of Giacomo’s classes, and apparently, the next two hours would be filled with food. Giacomo began the first recipe, Pasta D’Autunno, by roasting garlic. He held up a skillet of garlic for everyone to see, and then passed it off to one of the Jens to serve. After a few minutes, he poured the cooked pasta, covered in just the right amount of sauce, onto an oval platter. The room filled with “ohs and ahs,” and Giacomo looked up and said, “You gotta present your food good, but it’s gotta taste good, too.” He topped the pasta with strips of roasted chicken, added
a touch of “Mr. Basil” and, as the last step of the recipe, exclaimed, “Then serve immediately!” While we ate, one guest complimented Giacomo, saying, “You make us feel like this is your home.” Giacomo smiled and nodded, “I bring you to my table. That’s why it’s called Ricciardi’s Table.” Then he called for helpers to demonstrate the dish again and topped it off with extra cheese, adding, “Boom,” for emphasis. He jumped right into his second recipe, Pesce Boscaiola, and arranged fish fillets in a skillet along with a generous amount of Chardonnay. “This fish is gonna get a little vino,” he joked. As we talked to some of the guests, we noticed that most of them have been to Giacomo’s classes before. One woman explained it, saying, “He’s got that Italian charm.”
UPCOMING CLASSES Each class is $65 per person, not including tax and gratuity. Wednesday, November 4, 2-4pm Wednesday, November 18, 2-4pm Wednesday, December 2, 2-4pm Wednesday, December 16, 2-4pm Call (352) 391-9939 to register.
PASTA D’AUTUNNO 2 oz extra virgin olive oil 3
oz mushrooms, sliced
oz roasted chicken breast, julienned
oz sun-dried tomatoes, julienned
oz roasted garlic cream sauce
oz grated Parmigiano
oz pasta of your choice
½ tsp sun-dried tomato, julienned ½ tbsp fresh basil, julienned
Pour 2 ounces of olive oil into a 14-inch sauté pan. When hot, add sliced mushrooms and sauté for two minutes. Add 3 ounces of sun-dried tomatoes, and cook for an additional two minutes. Add roasted chicken breast, and cook for two minutes. Sprinkle with salt and black pepper. Pour in roasted garlic cream sauce, and simmer for 3 minutes. Add cooked pasta, and toss together. Sprinkle grated Parmigiano, and continue to simmer. Mix well, transfer to a platter and garnish with sun-dried tomatoes and basil. Serve immediately.
¼ tsp black pepper, ground ¼ tsp salt
RICCIARDI’S ITALIAN TABLE 3660 Kiessel Rd., The Villages ricciardisitalian.com, (352) 391-9939
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Marilyn Byer’s passion for elegant food began over 40 years ago with her custom cakery and event production business. After moving to The Villages from Connecticut, she missed sharing recipes with her staff and guests, so her Gild A Lily cooking classes were born. She now hosts them monthly in her kitchen at home. Classical music playing and wine on the tables, she served her hot spinach, artichoke and crab dip next to a brie en croute and strawberries dipped in white chocolate. And those were just appetizers. This must be why her classes are so popular. First, she whipped up a delicious pumpkin bisque sweetened with maple syrup. Marilyn served hers in a pumpkin shell, perfect for a dinner party. She suggested topping it with sour cream designs or crushed graham crackers for good measure. Next was an elaborate torte de Milan, a puff pastry loaded with layers of ham, cheese, spinach and peppers. Although it’s an impressive-looking dish to serve at a gathering, it doesn’t take gourmet experience to recreate. Chef or no, she’s not one to fuss over her food, as she explained during her demonstration. "I sautéed the peppers on a higher heat; then covered them and let them steam on a lower heat. Then I watched half of CSI." That’s the real beauty of Marilyn’s classes, said her husband, Alan.
“Marilyn’s thing is taking gourmet food and making it so anyone can make it.” She next shared her recipes for pumpkin ravioli plated beautifully with bright green pea pesto. She filled the house with the sugary smell of her almond pastries with glaze and, as if we weren’t full enough, finished the day with warm apple roses. With each step, she shared hard-earned knowledge we could use in our own kitchens (like placing a wet dishtowel under a cutting board to prevent sliding) and pointers on making these recipes dinner party perfect. More than impressing our future guests, Marilyn wanted us to enjoy playing with our food. “Get comfortable with the recipe. I can’t think of a recipe I’ve ever made exactly as it was written. I always read it first and think about how I can put my own spin on it. I hope by taking my class, if you learn nothing else, you learn to use your head and get creative.” UPCOMING CLASSES Tuesday, November 17, 1pm Tuesday, January 26, 1pm Email email@example.com to reserve your seat.
PUMPKIN RAVIOLI WITH WARM PEA PESTO DRIZZLE FOR THE RAVIOLI, YOU’LL NEED… 1 package of wonton wrappers 1
can pumpkin pie filling Mascarpone cheese
egg, beaten with 1 tsp water
²/³ tbsp oil Empty pumpkin pie filling into large bowl. Add equal amount of mascarpone cheese (for easy measuring, add cheese to the empty can of pumpkin until full), and mix together. Lay out two rows of wonton wrappers, one below the other. Brush each wonton wrapper with egg wash. Put a teaspoon of filling in the middle of the wrappers on the bottom row. Lay a wrapper from the top row over each filled wrapper, pressing down around the filling to seal the edges. Chill for 10 minutes to set the egg. Bring water to a boil in a wide pan, adding salt and 2-3 tbsp oil. Carefully drop a few ravioli into the water. They are done when they rise to the top. Lift the raviolis out, and place in a cookie sheet sprayed with nonstick spray. PEA PESTO 1 8-oz bag of frozen peas, thawed 1
cup of fresh basil leaves
tbsp extra light olive oil
Place all ingredients into blender or food processor, and pulse until mixed finely. If mixture needs to be more liquid for drizzling, add more oil.
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CAN THIS! L
OOKING TO GET BACK TO THE KITCHEN BASICS? CANNING IS A PROCESS THAT HAS BEEN AROUND SINCE THE EARLY 1800S, AND IT’S A GREAT WAY TO PRESERVE FOOD TO STOP THE PROCESS OF NATURAL SPOILAGE.
First discovered during the Napoleonic Wars, canning got its start thanks to the French government, which was looking for an effective way to preserve large amounts of food for its troops. It was Nicolas Appert who observed that food cooked inside a jar did not spoil unless the jar’s seals were broken— although it wasn’t until Louis Pasteur discovered the role of microbes in food 50 years later that the world really understood why the canning process was so successful. So what is canning? Canning is a method of cooking that applies heat to food using a closed glass canning jar (you know… like the mason jars we all know and love—mostly for home
decorating, though, at this point). The canning process removes the air from the jar to create a seal. There are two methods for canning food: waterbath canning, good for high-acid foods, and pressure canning, good for vegetables, meats, poultry and seafood. Pressure canning heats food to 240°F, which elimates the risk of foodborne bacteria. And if you’re mixing acidic food with non-acidic food, you should still use the pressure canning method to ensure safety. So whether you’re looking to learn a new cooking skill or you have reason to store food for future use, read on to learn more about this centuries-old practice.
TOOLS AND INGREDIENTS A few inexpensive basics are all you need to get started with your canning endeavors. A pot that holds enough water to cover whatever size jars you are using and big enough to let the water come to a boil without overflowing is key, as the jars will need to be heated in hot water—not boiling—before use. Jar lifters also come in handy when it comes to taking the jars out of the boiling water. Once you decide that canning is for you, it might be smart to invest in a waterbath canner, rather than using a large pot. And, of course, there’s the ingredients. Use fresh fruits, produce, spices and herbs to ensure the best canning experience. Recipes that have been tested for canning are always a safe bet. The process described within this story is waterbath canning, and instructions are courtesy of freshpreserving.com freshpreserving.com.
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TO CAN, OR NOT TO CAN?
kitchen with a menu promising guests a “redneck bologna sandwich” plus the deliberate misspelling of “kuntry” can only mean one thing— one forkful is going to expose your taste buds to some good Southern cookin’ or, as D would say, kookin’! The new family-owned restaurant, D’s Kuntry Kitchin, is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and is perfect for keeping your belly full all day long. With choices like eggs and grits in the AM and corn nuggets and ruebens in the PM, the options are plentiful. D, it’s time to break out the frying pan!
cheese, sour cream, cream, yogurt, buttermilk, tofu and soy can all be successfully canned.
Cornstarch, tapioca, arrowroot, flour, cornmeal, soup bases and package mixes, such as taco mix or ranch dressing are also OK for canning.
» Fruits. Mashed bananas, avocados and coconut milk are good choices. You can also can berries, peaches, pears, cherries, apples and apricots, to name a few.
» Jellies and jams. Always a favorite, these are canning classics.
» Fats. Oil and mayonnaise should be avoided, although there are a few recipes that are safe for canning.
» Meats. High fat meat is a no go as far as canning is concerned. Duck, beef, hot dogs and liver and giblets are all foods to avoid when going can crazy, along with meats containing fillers.
» Veggies. Unless pickled, stray away from sealing up brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, eggplant, squash and olives. As far as broccoli, lettuce, artichokes, mashed parsnips, mashed potatoes and mashed pumpkin goes—just leave those out altogether.
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THE PROCESS After your jars have been thoroughly cleaned, heat the jars in hot water until ready for use. To do this, fill a large stock pot halfway with water, and place jars in water. Filling jars with hot water will prevent the jars from floating. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Keep jars hot until they are ready to use. After jars are hot, prepare your boiling waterbath using another large stock pot or waterbath canner if you have one. The pot should be large enough to fully immerse the jars in water by 1-2 inches and allow the water to boil rapidly. If you’re not using a waterbath canner, you’ll need to improvise by using a cake cooling rack to cover the bottom of the pot. Next, prep the ingredients and fill the jars as your recipe states. Remove a hot jar from water, and empty the water inside the jar. Fill your jars with the prepared food, working out the air bubbles with a spatula as much as possible if recipe states and leaving space at the top of the jar. Clean the jar rim and threads to remove any stray food, place the lid on the jar, apply band and screw on until fit is tight. Place the cans into a pot of water, making sure the water covers the jars by 1-2 inches, apply lid and bring to a boil for the desired time. When time’s up, turn off the heat and remove lid, allowing jars to stand in water for five minutes. Remove the cans, and leave them untouched for 12-24 hours. Do not retighten bands. You’ll next check your jar lids for seals by making sure the lids do not flex up or down when the center is pressed. Remove the bands, and try to lift lids with your fingertips. If lid cannot be lifted off, it has a good seal. If the lid did not seal within 24 hours, immediately reprocess or refrigerate the product. Your cans should be stored in a cool, dry location and can be kept for up to a year.
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You’ll feel as though you journeyed to Italy for an authentic Italian meal when dining at Ocala’s Mesa de Notte Ristorante. Try a “Just Before Dark Dinner,” available Monday through Thursday, from 3-5pm. Dinner will include a cup of soup or salad, two Continued on page 64
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entrées, chef ’s choice dessert, one unlimited drink and one glass of house wine or draft beer. Once you step into the relaxing atmosphere of little Italy, the only stress you will be left to deal with is whether you should try the linguini vongole or the pesce picatta. Buon appetito!
OPPING OPEN A BOTTLE OF WINE AT DINNER IS EASY, BUT PAIRING WINE AND FOOD TOGETHER FOR COMPLEMENTING TASTES CAN BE TRICKY. WINE SHOULD BALANCE FOOD, WHILE FOOD SHOULD HIGHLIGHT WINE. SO, FINDING THE PERFECT MATCH ISN’T ALWAYS EASY. USE THIS CRASH COURSE ON WINE AND FOOD PAIRING, ALONG WITH A FEW NO-FAIL COMBOS, TO GET YOU STARTED.
KINDS OF WINE
Keep these wines straight with this handy cheat sheet as you look for delicious food and wine pairings. Dry white: Sauvignon Blanc,
When trying to pick a wine to go with dinner, take into consideration the different elements of food and wine:
Medium red: Sangiovese,
FAT: Because wine contains no fat,
Rich white: Chardonnay, Viognier
Sparkling: Champagne, Franciacorta, Prosecco Grenache, Pinotage
Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo
Bold red: Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Zinfandel, Mourvedre Dessert: Port and Tawny Port, Sherry, Late Harvest Zinfandel
DID YOU KNOW? The indentation in the bottom of a wine bottle is called a “punt.” Glassblowers used to push in the seams on the bottom of the bottles to stabilize them and smooth out any sharp edges. Now, punts are only added for tradition’s sake, though they can also help collect sediment as wine ages. Tannins are the textural elements that give wine a dry taste. They come from fruit skins, wood, seeds, leaves and bark and are most common in red wines, but white wines will have tannin, too, if aged in oak barrels. Contrary to popular belief, red wine and chocolate only taste good together if the wine is sweet and the chocolate is bitter and dark.
try to pick a wine that balances fatty foods with acid, provides contrast with tannin or plays up the richness with higher alcohol content. FOOD: Steak WINE: Cabernet
ACID: Eating acidic food for dinner?
champagnes when eating salty food to avoid bitter-tasting wine. FOOD: Caviar WINE: Champagne
TEXTURE: Heavy food goes best with heavy wine, and light food with light wine. FOOD: Pizza WINE: Zinfandel
Not sure where to begin? Go for these tried-and-true combos until you can taste-test the rest: Red Wines
CABERNET SAUVIGNON SAUVIGNON: steak or lamb PINOT NOIR: pork chops or chicken
MERLOT: roast duck, hamburgers or
SYRAH/SHIRAZ: barbecue pork or grilled lamb
RIESLING: Asian food, salmon MOSCATO: spicy foods or PINOT GRIGIO: creamy pastas SAUVIGNON BLANC: chicken (white meat)
CHAMPAGNE and SPARKLING WINES go well with any salty food.
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SALT: Go for sparkling wines and
Make sure your wine’s acidity is equal to the food in perceived taste. FOOD: Salad with vinegar or lemon dressing WINE: Sauvignon Blanc
Sources: foodandwine.com, winefolly.com, winemag.com, winespectator.com
Light red: Pinot Noir,
Sweet white: Riesling, Chenin
pairing bitter, dry wine with bitter food. The bitter taste of each only compounds. For example: Your wine should taste sweeter than your food (even your dessert), unless you want a bitter aftertaste. FOOD: Bitter, dark chocolate WINE: Late Harvest Zinfandel
Pinot Grigio, Albarino
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downtown for a special event or just looking to share a night out with someone special, Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grill, located on Ocala’s downtown square since 1995, is the place to go. And if you’re having a hard time scratching off a few names on your gift list, Harry’s can help! Consider giving the gift of great New Orleans-inspired cuisine with a Harry’s gift card. Harry’s is giving you a free $30 gift card with every $100 you purchase in gift cards. This offer will be good through December 24. What a way to kick off the season of giving!
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Tony’s Sushi & Steakhouse 3405 SW College Road, Ocala / (352) 237-3151 / tonysushi.com Mon-Thu 11a-10p / Fri & Sat 11a-11p / Sun Noon-10p
With abundant menu choices and over 100 off-menu rolls, you certainly won’t run out of options at Tony’s Sushi. If you can’t decide, the waitstaff is excellent at suggesting items you’re sure to enjoy. Every roll and sushi dish is made to order from the freshest ingredients. In the steakhouse area, highly trained chefs prepare a memorable meal as they cook on the tableside grills, preparing chicken, steak or seafood just the way you like it. Entrées include soup or salad and rice. Family-friendly, casual atmosphere, along with a full bar, including imported Japanese sake and beer selections. Like us
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Blanca’s Café Ocala Palms Golf & Country Club / 5000 N US Hwy 27, Ocala / (352) 867-0001 Mon-Sat Lunch & Dinner 10:30a-9p / Sun 11a-4p Limited Menu
Come join us on the the 19th hole at Blanca’s Cafe, tucked in among the rolling greens of the Ocala Palms Golf & Country Club. Blanca’s Café is a gem of a find for diners looking for excellent food served in a warm, friendly environment. Italian dishes and delicious homemade desserts are the café’s specialty. Patrons enjoy a full-service bar and live entertainment weekly, as well as spacious seating for up to 150. Try one of the weekly dinner specials Blanca’s offers, or schedule catering for your next event through the café. Whether you’re a newcomer to town or a local looking for somewhere new to dine, Blanca’s Café offers something to please every palate.
Each Friday, we are offering 1 ½-pound Maine lobster. Reserve by Wednesday. Homemade pizza served daily. Weekly entertainment. Call for details. Entertainment will be provided at 6:30 seating. By reservations only. Serving Thanksgiving Dinner with all the trimmings 1-7p. Now accepting reservations.
Eaton’s Beach Sandbar & Grill 15790 SE 134th Avenue, Weirsdale, FL / (352) 259-2444 / eatonsbeach.com Sun-Thurs 11a-9p / Fri & Sat 11a-10:30p People from all over converge on Eaton’s Beach for a variety of reasons. For some, it’s the Sandbar’s scintillating musical lineup on the weekends. For others, it’s the ease of a day at the beach— complete with resort-style cocktails. We like to think it’s for the award-winning food. With back-to-back wins at Taste of Ocala, Chef Del Rio’s Pastrami and Shrimp & Grits are two things that make Eaton’s Beach a destination where the only thing better than the view… is the food.
Check out EatonsBeach.com for weekly beach events and music guests. Try Eaton’s Beach catering for your next event—we’ll bring the beach to you. From corporate events and birthdays to weddings and wedding rehearsals, Eaton’s Beach will help you plan the perfect event with the perfect food.
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An Outdoor Escape WATERFRONT DINING AT THE BLUE GATOR
icture yourself eating dinner under the oaks by the water with a beer in your hand and a football game on TV. Sound like the perfect getaway? Drive just a few miles out of Ocala, and experience it all at The Blue Gator. Bob Jewett, who co-owns the restaurant with his wife, Dallise, describes the atmosphere as “a laid back, comfortable outdoor setting.” Situated right on the Withlacoochee River, The Blue Gator’s beautiful outdoor scenery, big screen TVs, delicious food and full liquor bar provides a relaxing atmosphere and one-of-akind experience. Never been there? Bob and Dallise recommend that you try one of their topselling dishes, like the blackened grouper sandwich with sweet potato fries, the Cuban or the black and blue cheeseburger with tater tots. Start the night off with The Blue Gator bites appetizer, and make sure to try the award-winning clam chowder from Cedar Key. The Blue Gator also offers airboat tours and boat rentals if you want to spend more
time on the water. Get your friends together on Tuesdays for 59-cent wings, and come Thursday through Sunday for live music. The Blue Gator hosts Southern rock, classic rock and country bands that play from 6 to 9pm on Thursdays, 7 to 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 to 5pm on Sundays. There’s also enough indoor seating for 60 guests, and Bob and Dallise are planning to open their new Angler Resort in February 2016. With a menu full of delicious seafood and nights packed with events and live music, The Blue Gator is the place to go for a good time. Take your family and friends to enjoy football games, airboat tours, dinner on the water and everything else that makes this a one-of-kind place. Don’t forget to check out their Facebook page to stay up to date on events and specials!
The Blue Gator 12189 S Williams Street, Dunnellon (352) 465-1635 blue-gator.com Sun-Thu 11a-10p Fri & Sat 11a-12a
From humble beginnings comes Heart & Soul Southern Kitchen. Owner Russell Weeks was inspired by none other than his own mama— Mama Dale. And talk about a proud mama moment, Weeks surprised his mother with the purchase of this restaurant from Mojo’s owner Rondo Fernandez in order to open a place equipped to serve the best food in Ocala. Although Mama Dale was given the option to take inventory of Rondo’s recipes, she opted for her own tasty breakfast and lunch dishes instead. You may just run into Mama on your next visit—rumor has it she often brings you her famous sweet collards in person. 506 S Pine Ave., Ocala (352) 368-3663
Lotus Asian and Natural Food Market, located in the plaza next to Harvest Market, offers Ocala a unique array of Asian and natural food options, such as taro, kiwi and coconut boba; locally made plantain chips and fresh kimchi. The store is also proud to offer sushimaking classes by Camille Arcebido, a sushi chef who studied at a culinary school in the Philippines. The class teaches basic sushi-making techniques for a fee of $10 per person, and you get to take home the sushi roller and rolls you make during the class. Make sure to call the store to reserve your spot in the next class! 3751 SE 36th Ave., Ocala (352) 624-8611 facebook.com/LotusandNaturalFoodGrocery
100 Proof Saloon 1735 N Pine Ave, Ocala / (352) 512-0233 / Mon-Sun 11a-2a
With a full menu of unique favorites—like their fried bologna sandwich, gator tail nuggets and pulled pork tacos—you can enjoy lunch, dinner or a night out inside or on the patio. If you can handle the heat, start your meal off with their Jalapeño Bottle Caps (lightly battered jalapeño slices) or their 100 Proof Hot Wings. With a non-smoking interior, it’s a great place to grab anything from a salad or a burger to shrimp or tacos. Take-out and free Wi-Fi are available, too.
From sandwiches and salads to gator tail nuggets and 100 Proof Hot Wings, there’s something for everyone at 100 Proof Saloon. Taco Tuesdays every Tuesday!
Ready for some football? We will have NFL Sunday Ticket every game, every Sunday with 50¢ Wings!
Cuvée Wine & Bistro 2237 SW 19th Ave.Rd Ste 102, Ocala / (352) 351-1816 Mon-Thu 5-10p / Fri & Sat 5-11p / Happy Hour Daily 5-7p cuveewineocala.com Whether you are stopping in for a glass of wine, enjoying an exquisite dinner, celebrating a special occasion, gathering in one of our private rooms, or indulging in a premier Chef’s table, at Cuvée Wine and Bistro you’ll experience all this in an elegant, refined atmosphere. Upon entering the grand double doors, you’ll find yourself transported to an intimate world of fine dining, wine and relaxation, matched only by impeccable service.
Private party dining and offpremise catering available.
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 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 $13.98 each. Kids 10 and under can choose the Turkey or Ham for $4.99. You can also feast on Fresh Grilled Salmon & Grilled Garlic Shrimp for $14.98. Meals come with all the fixins’, so bring your appetite and save some of it for a slice of pumpkin pie, which comes free with all Thanksgiving specials. Take-out service available. Limited Reservations Available.
Take-Out Service Available. Locations at Hwy 200 in Ocala, The Villages at 1041 Lakeshore Drive at Lake Sumter Landing, and our newest location at Brownwood in The Villages.
Braised Onion Restaurant 754 NE 25th Ave, Ocala / (352) 620-9255 / braisedonion.com Tue-Thu 11a-9p / Fri & Sat 11a-10p / Sun 11a-8p / Closed Mondays Join them for live jazz featuring Rudy Turner every Wednesday and Friday from 6p-9p and live entertainment every Saturday with Bobby Blackmon, Gosia & Ali, Rick & Paige and many others beginning at 6:00p.
Open for lunch and dinner, Braised Onion, where you’ll experience “comfort food with attitude” in a fun, warm and colorful atmosphere starts a new chapter of delectable eats. From Country-fried Tenderloin and Kentucky Hot Brown Melt, to the Eggplant Parmigiana or the Frenched Pork Chop, the menu options are plentiful. Happy hour is Tuesday through Friday from 4-7p and includes 2-for-1 well brand cocktails, house wines and draft domestic beers. Visit their new website at braisedonion.com. Call early to reserve seating for Thanksgiving Buffet!
Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grille 24 SE 1st Ave., Ocala / (352) 840-0900 / HookedonHarrys.com Mon-Thu 11a-10p / Fri & Sat 11a-11p / Sun 11a-9p FREE $30 Gift Card For Every $100 in Gift Cards Purchased. Available Nov. 1 through Dec. 24. Free shipping on HookedonHarrys.com. Cards not valid day of purchase.
Located in the heart of downtown Ocala, Harry’s offers traditional Louisiana favorites like Shrimp and Scallop Orleans, Crawfish Etouffée, Jambalaya, Shrimp Creole and Blackened Red Fish. Other favorites, like Harry’s Signature Crab Cakes and Bourbon Street Salmon, are complemented with grilled steaks, chicken, burgers, po’ boy sandwiches and salads. Our full bar features Harry’s Signature Cocktails, such as the Harry’s Hurricane, Bayou Bloody Mary or the new Southern Mule. We also feature wines by the glass and a wide selection of imported, domestic and craft beer. Harry’s menu is sure to have something for everyone!
Ipanema Brazilian Steak House 2023 South Pine Avenue, Ocala / (352) 622-1741 / ipanemaocala.com Lunch Fri 11a-2:30p / Dinner Tues-Thu 5-9p, Fri & Sat 5-10p, Sun 4-9p Brunch Sun 12-3p / Happy Hour Tue-Fri 5-7p / Closed Mon Open on Thanksgiving Day serving dinner from 12-6:30p. Come and let us serve turkey and all the fixings to you and your family. Happy Thanksgiving!
A Churrascaria (Portuguese for barbecue) is a dining experience where roaming Gauchos slice and serve fire-roasted meats from skewers in a continual fashion. Ipanema Brazilian Steak House boasts 12 of the finest cuts of meat complemented by an opulent salad and vegetable bar, delectable desserts and delicious wines, beers and cocktails. Brazilian native and Executive Chef Ortencia DeAlmeida invites you to embrace the flavors of her homeland and experience the magnetism of Ipanema for yourself. Become a fan of Ipanema on Facebook at facebook.com/ipanemasteakhouse.
Pasta Faire Italian Ristorante 10401 US Hwy 441, Belleview / (352) 347-3100 Mon-Sat 11a-10p / Sun 11a-9p
Welcome to Pasta Faire! Proudly serving Marion County for over 25 years with the very best in Italian/American cuisine and service. Come relax and enjoy the fabulous menu items, such as Veal Marsala or Picatta, Homemade Lasagna, Seafood Lovers Delight, wood rotisserie oven chicken and authentic NY Style pizzas. Happy Hour is every Monday through Saturday 11a-6p. Looking for an authentic Italian caterer? We offer full-service catering for any occasion size or budget. Let our catering staff make a great impression at your holiday party. Home of 2-4-1 large pizzas everyday for take out. Gift certificates available!
Holiday gift certificates available! $10 free with a $50 gift certificate purchase. $20 free with a $100 gift certificate purchase. $150 free with $500 gift certificate purchase.
Gator Joe’s Beach Bar & Grill 12431 SE 135th Ave., Ocklawaha / (352) 288-3100 / gatorjoesocala.com Mon-Thu 11a-9p / Fri 11a-10p / Sat 10:30a-10p / Sun 10:30a-9p Come enjoy casual lakeside dining at Gator Joe’s Beach Bar & Grill on gorgeous Lake Weir where you can kick back and relax. Their courteous and knowledgeable staff can supply you with an ice-cold beverage from the full-service liquor bar or choose from the craft or draught beer selection. While sitting on the deck over the water, be sure to indulge in Gator Joe’s island-inspired cuisine—from their delicious gator tail and fried shrimp to hometown favorites like the juicy 1/2-pound Joe’s Big Burger or excellent chicken wings. Bring the entire family to the beautiful white sand beach where you can cool off in the water or simply watch the world go by from the comfort of a well-placed chair.
Gator Joe’s has plenty of parking, whether you arrive by land, water or air! We have happy hour MonThu from 4-6pm, all-you-can-eat fried fish on Fridays from 4pm to close and live entertainment on the weekends Fri-Sun.
El Toreo 3790 E Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala / (352) 694-1401 / 7 Days 11a-10p SR 200, Ocala / (352) 291-2121 / 7 Days 11a-11p New lunch specials include Taco Salad on Monday, $4.45; Speedy Gonzalez on Tuesdays, $4.95; Quesadillas on Wednesday, $6.45; Chimichangas on Thursdays, $5.95; and Burrito Supreme on Fridays, $4.95. New dinner options include Fajita Mondays, $8.95; Chimichanga Tuesdays, $7.95; Alambre Wednesdays, $7.95 and Tacos de Bistec Thursdays, $7.95. Plus $1.95 margaritas on Mondays. On Sunday, kids 12 and under can enjoy 99¢ children’s meals (takeout not included). Wednesday is Special Margarita Day, 99¢ all day. Saturday is 2-for-1 margaritas all day. Happy Hour daily, 3-7pm. Everything is 2-4-1 (exceptions may apply).
Trivia Night every Thursday 7-9pm (Silver Springs Blvd. location) Mariachi Band every Thursday at the 200 location 6-9pm
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Kotobuki Japanese Restaurant 2463 SW 27th Avenue, Ocala / (352) 237-3900 / kotobukiocala.com Lunch: Tue-Fri 11:30a-2p Dinner: Tue-Thu 4:30-9:30p / Fri & Sat 4:30-10:30p / Mon & Sun 4:30-9:30p Early Bird daily 4:30-7pm Check out our sushi bar. Serving Ocala since 1986! Ask about our lunch specials!
For an authentic Japanese meal in an award-winning restaurant that has been serving Ocala since 1986, try Kotobuki. Enjoy traditional Japanese favorites like tempura, teriyaki and broiled seafood and vegetables. For a memorable experience, gather around the hot grill and watch as your chef prepares steak, chicken and seafood favorites right before your eyes. Get the VIP treatment and join today! Text MYSUSHI to 40518 and get exclusive offers, promos & coupons. Check out the specials!
Shuckers Bar & Grill 408 SW 16th St., Ocala / (352) 840-0777 Mon-Thurs 11a-12a / Fri-Sat 11a-1a / Sun 11a-10p Join us for Happy Hour from 2-6 pm and enjoy $2 pints and $6 pitchers of domestic beer. Or, take advantage of the $6 lunch specials weekdays from 12-2pm.
With favorites like oysters, crab legs, wings, gator tail nuggets and po’ boys, at Shuckers Bar & Grill, you’ll get a taste of the local cooking that’s been loved for years. And don’t forget to try one of their delicious burgers (rumored to be one of the best in town!), like the Billy Burger, a bacon cheeseburger all the way between two grilled cheese sandwiches. Stuff yourselves full on Monday night with 50 cent oysters from 6-9pm. Take the girls out on Wednesday night for Ladies Night and 50 cent wings. Saturday, unwind with a FREE pitcher and 20 wings, and invite all of your friends to the Sunday “day-long” happy hour! Whether you’re watching the game or just meeting friends, Shuckers is the place to be.
Tilted Kilt 3155 E Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala / (352) 351-5458 /ocala.tiltedkilt.com Mon-Thu 11a-11p/ Fri-Sat 11a-Midnight / Sun 11a-10p HAPPY HOUR Daily from 3-7pm & 9pm-close. BIKE NIGHT August 1st. Happy hour 4-11pm. ASK ABOUT OUR CARRY-OUT catering.
Next time you’re in the mood for a taste of Ireland, look no further than Ocala’s very own Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery. Their classics will have you convinced that you’ve just taken a one-way flight to Dublin. Favorites such as fish & chips, shepherd’s pie and Gaelic chicken in an Irish whiskey cream sauce all served by beautiful lasses in kilts will leave you wanting more! Menu items as low as $6 from 11am-3pm makes The Tilted Kilt the perfect place for a quick bite to eat during lunch. Stop by with the whole family to enjoy TV on the big screens, games, good service and great food! Scan this QR code and see our calendar of events.
Brooklyn’s Backyard 2019 E Silver Springs Boulevard, Suite #102, Ocala / (352) 304-6292 brooklynsbackyard.com / Sun 11a-8p / Mon-Wed 11a-9p / Thu-Sat 11a-whenever Head down to the “Yard” for fresh food and fun in a relaxed, backyard atmosphere. Whether you’re looking for finger foods like the fried cheese bites or something more exotic like pierogies or poutine, they’ve got it and it’s delicious! Try one of their fresh fish entrées. In the mood for wings? Get the best from the 2015 King of Wings. Want pizza? They got it, NY style, plus a full range of fresh salads, burgers, sandwiches and entrées sure to suit everyone! There’s beer and wine in the ‘Yard,” too—over 40 craft beers and a great selection of wines, all sure to perfectly complement your meal!
We cater! Let us create an unforgettable menu for your holiday catering needs. Check out new items on our menu. In December, enjoy one of our specialty drinks at our full service liquor bar. Check out live music on Fridays. Brooklyn’s Backyard— Good Beer, Better Food!
Mesa de Notte 2436 E Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala / (352) 732-4737 / mesaocala.com Mon-Thu 11a-9p / Fri & Sat 11a-10p / Closed Sunday If you want delicious food without the hassle this Thanksgiving, reserve your space today at Mesa de Notte. Thanksgiving Buffet “Ameritano” will be served from 11am-8pm on Thanksgiving Day and will feature all the traditional favorites, including roast turkey, baked Virginia ham, roast leg of lamb, mashed potatoes, real turkey gravy, Felix’s 3-cheese baked mac ‘n cheese, Southern-style green beans, fresh fish, cranberry sauce, plus a variety of Italian classics. A full antipasto bar, fresh salads and a vast assortment of homemade desserts will also be available.
2015 Best of Taste Winner and Best Taste People’s Choice Mesa de Notte features a fullservice bar serving beer, wine and liquor. Stop by the bar and enjoy an appetizer on your way home from work. Full-service catering is also available. Happy Hour, Mon-Sat, 3-7pm.
The Ivy House Restaurant 917 E. Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala / (352) 622-5550 Sun 11a-2p / Tue 11a-2p / Wed & Thu 11a-8p / Fri & Sat 11a-8:30p / Closed Mon 106 NW Main St, Williston / (352) 528-5410 Sun-Wed 11a-2p / Thu-Sat 11a-8p / ivyhousefl.com “Come on home, it’s suppertime!” is our motto. We want you to feel you have come to our house to eat. The family-owned Ivy House Restaurant now has two locations, Williston and Ocala. The downtown Ocala location has added several specialty items, and the restaurant has been named by Florida Trend as one of the “Top 500 Best Places to Eat in the State” for several years. Specials include Southern Fried Lobster, delicious hand-cut steaks and our famous Baked Krispy Chicken. Trying our delicious homemade desserts like the Key Lime Pie or Chocolate Midnight Cake is a must when dining here.
Great food is our Thanksgiving blessing to your family from ours! We are taking reservations now for Thanksgiving Day. We can prepare your Thanksgiving Day feast for you to take home and enjoy. Gift certificates available. Stop by our “new bar” and enjoy our speciality drinks!
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Do you know what it’s like to lose weight but not always see the image results you want? Perhaps previous surgeries have created problem areas for you. Sometimes even the hardest work doesn’t provide the results you want, but Lifestyle Solutions MedSpa, in Ocala, in addition to their proven weight loss programs, can help you get them using one innovative, non-invasive procedure: CoolSculpting.
ifestyle Solutions MedSpa’s founder and medical director, Dr. Michael Holloway, along with wife, Shannon Holloway, who serves as the company’s executive director, are well known for promoting healthy lifestyles in Ocala, and this year, the facility acquired some new technology to offer patients the best in medical aesthetics. CoolSculpting is an FDA cleared, patented technology developed by Harvard scientists that takes about one hour per treatment area. Patients typically see up to a 25 percent reduction
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We’re not talking about the weather here… It’s time once again for the annual MARION COUNTY CHILI COOK-OFF. For the 34th year, amateur and professional chili connoisseurs alike will battle it out for a chance to be voted top chili chef in the county. But that’s not all—divine desserts and spicy salsas will also be competing for best-of-the-best prizes. And what goes better with chili, salsa and dessert than a brew or two? Tri Eagle Sales will host craft beer tastings for the over-21 crowd. As if all that food weren’t enough, new to this Marion County classic is its first annual auto show. There’s also plenty of other fun activities, including the children’s area with inflatables and games, and live entertainment all day. As always, the cook-off runs rain or shine at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion from 9am-5pm. All proceeds benefit The Cornerstone School. marioncountychilicookoﬀ.com or (352) 895-1648 or (352) 351-4226.
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You need to go back—way back—to appreciate Ocala as it once was. The annual OCALI COUNTRY DAYS FESTIVAL brings visitors to the Ocala of yesteryear, complete with an authentic cracker village, displays, demonstrations and more. Tour pioneer cabins, visit with Seminole tribal members, watch sugar cane syrup being made or kick back and take a tram ride through the beautiful Silver Springs State Park. There will also be plenty of great food as well as arts and crafts vendors. The festival runs 9am-4pm both days, and proceeds benefit the educational programs of the Silver River Museum. silverrivermuseum.com or (352) 236-5401.
The Voice of Change for Animals League will host a red carpet affair to benefit four-legged friends everywhere. The first annual FUR BALL will take place at the Country Club of Ocala complete with a Vegas theme. Take your chances on the casino-style games, and place a bid or two on some of the silent auction items. There will also be plenty of fine food and a cash bar. The event kicks off at 6pm with red carpet arrivals. Come dressed in your best as the evening is black tie-optional. Tickets are $125 per person. vocalforpets.org or (352) 289-0800. Nov
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The much-anticipated BIG HAMMOCK RACE SERIES kicks off this month with its first race in the series—the annual Turkey Trot. This year marks the 20th anniversary of Ocala’s largest race and includes an extra challenge for those looking to grab an additional piece of pie later in the day. A certified 10K course will wind runners through the historic streets of Ocala. Both races start and end at the Frank Deluca YMCA Family Center, where an outdoor cycling class and a dodgeball tournament will be offered for the non-runners in the family. The Big Hammock Race Series is a series of seven races throughout Marion County, starting with the Turkey Trot and ending with the 4 On The Fourth race on July 4, 2016. The $15 series entry fee includes a commemorative shirt, commemorative medal if you complete all 4 Super Races (Reindeer Run 5K, Ocala Marathon weekend races, Live Oak International 5K and St. Paddy’s Day 5K) and access to the final award recognition event following the last series race. Each race also has a separate entry fee. Runners will earn points in both age divisions and overall categories in each race. Double points will be awarded in the four Super Races; additional points come with running in the half or full marathon during the Ocala Marathon weekend. For more information and registration information, visit bighammockraceseries.com or ocalaturkeytrot.com.
UPCOMING EXHIBITS AT THE APPLETON (ONGOING) Backstage Pass: Baron Wolman and the Early Years of Rolling Stone features a variety of Rolling Stone magazine photographs and covers. The exhibit will be on display November 7 through January 10. Dickens Christmas: Urban Family Holiday Collection will return to the Appleton on November 14. This Christmas display is the private collection of Dr. Paul and Joyce Urban and their daughters and often raises funds for various charities. The collection will be on display through January 3 with a special family day planned for December 5. A Fine Timber: Wood and Transformation in our Time will feature the work of three artists specializing in woodwork. The exhibition runs November 14 through January 3. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455. SILK SCARF WORKSHOP (NOVEMBER 5, 11) Gallery East Art Center will host two silk scarf workshops. Registration is $50 per workshop and includes all supplies needed to create two scarves. The November 5 workshop will run 12-3pm, and the November 11 workshop will run 9am-12pm. galleryeastﬂ.com or (352) 245-2781. FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK (NOVEMBER 6) Local artists will present their crafts from 6-9pm. The evening will include live entertainment and performances on the downtown square. ocalaﬂ.org or (352) 629-8447. ART EXHIBIT (NOVEMBER 6) The Brick City Center for the Arts will host the exhibit InSights: Recent Paintings by Don Borie and Milly Sheffer, two artists who are local to Ocala. The show will open with a reception at the First Friday Art Walk on November 6 and will be
on display throughout the month. (352) 369-1500. FIRST SATURDAY VILLAGE MARKET (NOVEMBER 7) An outdoor marketplace will be held in the historic village of Dunnellon. Local vendors will be on-site selling a variety of goods from 8am-3pm. dunnellonhistoricvillage.com or (352) 274-0637.
TEDXOCALA (NOVEMBER 7) The first TedxOcala event will take place at the Ocala Civic Theatre from 11am-3:30pm. The theme is, “Imagination–Ideation– Inspiration.” The event will feature both video presentations and live speakers. Attendance registration is $50 and is limited to 100 people. tedxocala.com. WALK FOR LIFE (NOVEMBER 7) Tuscawilla Park will host the annual Walk for Life to benefit the Women’s Pregnancy Center. The walk runs 9-10:30am. ocalaﬂ.org or (352) 351-1294. HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR (NOVEMBER 7) SummerGlen will host its annual holiday craft fair from 9am-2pm in the Grand Hall. The event will feature an array of goods for purchase, door prizes and refreshments. (352) 307-2975. FOSTER THE LOVE 5K (NOVEMBER 7) A 5K run/ walk will take place at the Baseline Trailhead at 7:30am to benefit the Arnette House. Packet pickup and registration begins at 6am. arnettehouse.org or (352) 622-6135. SIDEWALK SALE (NOVEMBER 7) Gallery East Art Center will host an outdoor arts and crafts sidewalk sale. The sale will run 10am-4pm. galleryeastﬂ.com or (352) 245-2781. FALL WINERY FESTIVAL (NOVEMBER 7) Island Grove Winery will host a fall winery
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ICHAEL RAY HAS HAD A WHIRLWIND OF A YEAR. MICHAEL, 27, CAME HOME TO EUSTIS TO SHOOT HIS COUNTRY MUSIC VIDEO FOR “KISS YOU IN THE MORNING” IN APRIL JUST A FEW WEEKS AFTER PLAYING NASHVILLE’S GRAND OLE OPRY. He watched his song climb to No. 1
on Billboard’s Country Airplay Chart in August and was invited to perform on Good Morning America that same summer. The song is featured on Michael’s self-titled debut album. When his song hit No. 1, Michael took to social media to thank his fans. “SPEECHLESS!!! #kissyouinthemorning #numberone,” he wrote to fans along with posting a photo with the words “Thank you for making ‘Kiss You in the Morning’ a #1 single.” His popular video, which was directed by Edgar Esteves, was shot in his hometown of Eustis and included scenes from the downtown area, particularly on East Magnolia Avenue, which was renamed Michael Ray Avenue for the day, Lake Eustis near the Community Center on Northshore Drive and in front of the 1884 Restaurant & Bar. “It was awesome,” he says of the day. “What better way to premiere my first single than in my hometown.” Michael’s father, Jerry Roach, watched the shoot with other family members and friends from the sidelines. His pride for Michael was evident, mentioning how his son playing
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at the Grand Ole Opry wasn’t just a highlight for Michael but for the whole family. “It’s incredible. It’s numbing,” Jerry says. “You talk about things like that—how it would be to play the Grand Ole Opry. To be invited was a life changing moment for him and for all of us.” Michael performed two songs at the Opry: a cover of “Green Green Grass of Home” by Porter Wagoner and his first single “Kiss You In The Morning,” written by Justin Wilson and Michael White. He used his late grandfather Amos Roach’s guitar. “It’s the most amazing, magical, historical place,” he says. “It’s where other men and women paved the way for [artists of] today. It’s very surreal.” Michael got started in the business when his father, grandfather and cousins put together the band Country Cousins. He was on stage with them when he was 4 or 5. After the group broke up, Michael continued to
perform three or four nights a week with his grandfather. “I started playing guitar when I was 9,” he says. “My dad and my grandfather taught me.” Michael says, when he was 18, he went to Nashville only to be told that the best way to make it in the country music capital was to go back to Florida and make a name for himself. So he did. “I put a band together,” he says, and “we played wherever we could.” Michael now hits the road for the Wild Ones Tour, which includes dates in several states and in Canada. “2015 has been one of the best years professionally of my life,” Michael says. “Coming from the kid that grew up in Eustis, Florida, in a doublewide trailer on 10 acres of land to releasing my debut album worldwide is such a surreal ‘I can’t believe it’s happening’ feeling. Many people have put a lot of hard work into making this a reality, and I hope everyone enjoys the record.”
FLORIDA STOPS FOR THE WILD ONES TOUR November 13, House Of Blues, Orlando November 14, Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon, Fort Myers November 15, Rib Fest, St. Petersburg
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GARDEN WORKSHOP (NOVEMBER 8) Silver Springs State Park will host a Garden Workshop on the second Sunday of each month at 1pm. Exact locations of each workshop will vary. (352) 236-7156.
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THELOCALSCENE / Continued from page 75 festival from 9am-4pm featuring complimentary wine tastings and winery tours, children’s activities, a blueberry stomp, live music, arts and crafts vendors and a hayride. islandgrovewinecompany.com or (352) 481-9463.
STEEL HORSE STAMPEDE (NOVEMBER 7) The 12th Annual Steel Horse Stampede motorcycle ride will take off at 10am and wind riders through 55 miles of Marion County. The ride is escorted and includes stops at each of the four hospice houses. The cost is a minimum donation of $18 per
rider and $18 for a passenger and includes a light breakfast and a BBQ lunch following the ride, door prizes, a 50/50 drawing, silent auction and entertainment. hospiceofmarion.com or (352) 854-5218. FALL CRAFT FAIR (NOVEMBER 7-8) The 19th Annual Spanish Springs Art & Craft Festival will take place at the Spanish Springs Town Square in The Villages. The event runs 10am-5pm both days. artfestival.com or (561) 746-6155.
SENIOR FISHING DERBY (NOVEMBER 9) Tuscawilla Park will host a fishing derby for adults over 50 from 9am-1pm. Lunch will be provided. ocalaﬂ.org or (352) 401-3916. INTERNATIONAL FILM SERIES (NOVEMBER 10) The College of Central Florida will present the film Ilo Ilo as part of the International Film Series. The film will be shown at 2pm at the Appleton Museum. Viewers pay museum admission unless they are a museum member or a patron of the CF International Film Series. Series membership is $15 for individuals and $25 for dual membership. cf.edu or (352) 854-2322, ext. 1233. SALVATION ARMY RED KETTLE KICKOFF (NOVEMBER 12) The opening ceremony of the Red Kettle Campaign will take place at 12pm and features musical entertainment and helps kick off the charitable work done by the Salvation Army. salvationarmyﬂorida.org/ocala
or (352) 629-2004. BLUES CONCERT (NOVEMBER 13) A free blues concert will be held in downtown Gainesville to kick off the Downtown Festival and Art Show. The concert begins at 7pm. gainesvilledowntownartfest.org
or (352) 334-ARTS. BAZAAR AND MARKET (NOVEMBER 13-14) The Weirsdale Presbyterian Church will host a bazaar and market featuring several antiques and unique items available for purchase. The event
runs 9am-5pm on Friday and 9am1pm on Saturday. (352) 821-2757 ICE WALK (NOVEMBER 14) The 4th Annual ICE Walk will take place at the Institute of Cardiovascular Excellence. The event benefits the American Heart Association. Registration begins at 8am, and the walk kicks off at 9am. puticeonit.com or (352) 854-0681. KICKOFF TO A CURE (NOVEMBER 14) A tailgating event will be held at the Touchdown Terrace at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville. The game will be aired on big-screen TVs, and food will be provided by area restaurants. Proceeds benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. gainesvilletaigatekickoﬀforacure15.eventscﬀ.org or (904) 733-3560.
HARVEST FEST (NOVEMBER 14) Feel Downtown Live presents a family-friendly festival at Tuscawilla Park from 1-10pm. The festival features local and regional music artists, a craft beer garden and food trucks. feeldowntownlive.com or (352) 789-2486. A FESTIVAL OF ROSES (NOVEMBER 14) The Marion County Rose Society will host a free festival featuring numerous varieties of roses on display as well as a seminar, door prizes and entertainment. The event will run 11am-4pm at the Marion County Agricultural Center Auditorium. marioncountyroses.org or (352) 620-9800. CHARITY AUCTION AND BBQ (NOVEMBER 14) United Hay Sales will host a fundraising event to benefit Tomorrow’s Equestrian Center Inc. The event will feature a silent auction, children’s activities, entertainment and a barbecue. The preview of auction items and Continued on page 78
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SUPERSTAR, SUPER SHOW! The talented teens of West Port High School’s OMEGA THEATRE COMPANY will present their version of the much acclaimed play Jesus Christ Superstar. The famous rock opera first opened on stage in 1971 before being made into an award-winning film. The up-and-coming students will perform for two weekends this month with shows Thursdays through Saturdays at 7pm and Sundays at 2pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students, seniors and military personnel. westportwolfpack.org/mcaa or (352) 291-4000. BEN PRESTAGE
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THELOCALSCENE / Continued from page 76 barbecue begin at 12pm, and the auction will take place at 2pm. Barbecue tickets are $8, and takeout is available. (352) 528-3445. FALL FESTIVAL (NOVEMBER 14) Victory Academy will host their fourth annual Vintage Fall Festival Under the Stars from 4-8pm. The event will include festival games, a doughnut-eating contest, food vendors, children’s activities and a rib dinner. Tickets for the games can be purchased at the festival; dinners and ribs can be purchased in advance. (352) 622-4410. ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL (NOVEMBER 14) Spruce Creek Preserve will host a free arts and crafts festival from 9am-1pm. The event will feature a bake sale and drawings for craft prizes. (352) 861-0159. GIRLS INSPIRED TO TRY SCIENCE (NOVEMBER 14) A program designed to introduce girls to the field of science will be held by the Discovery Center. The program features hands-on activities and is open to girls ages 8-12. Registration is $15, and the program runs 10am-1pm. mydiscoverycenter.org or (352) 401-3900. HORSE COUNTRY CARS AND COFFEE (NOVEMBER 15) Porsche of Ocala will host a car show the third Sunday of each month from 8-11am. The event is open to all makes and models. (352) 861-0234, ext 8864. FARM-CITY FESTIVAL (NOVEMBER 15) The Marion County 4-H Farm Agri-Science Center will host a free open house event as part of Farm-City Week. The event will run noon-3pm and feature food, live music, demonstrations and games. ftboa.com or call (352) 629-2160.
THEMED TOUR AT THE APPLETON (NOVEMBER 19) A themed tour will be held at 2pm. The tour will focus on a variety of artifacts in the museum’s collection as well as those in world-famous museums. The tour will meet in the lobby. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455. MAKING STRIDES AGAINST BREAST CANCER CRAFT NIGHT (NOVEMBER 20) A craft night will take place the third Friday of each month at 6pm featuring a different theme each night. The event will take place at the Marion County Sheriff ’s administration building. (352) 732-5982. LIGHT UP OCALA (NOVEMBER 21) Live entertainment, crafts, food, children’s activities, the Junior Sunshine Christmas parade and a visit by Santa will all be a part of the 32nd annual event from 4-9pm in downtown Ocala. The lighting of downtown Ocala and a 42-foot Christmas tree is scheduled for 6:30pm. ocalaﬂ.org/lightup or (352) 368-5517. CRITTER TRAIL 5K (NOVEMBER 21) A trail 5K run will be held at Silver Springs State Park at 9:30am. For more information call (352) 895-0300. GOURD ARTIST CLASS (NOVEMBER 21) The Marion County Gourd Artists Association will host a class at the Cherokee Park Recreation Center in Belleview at 10am. Their annual show and sale will take place at the Market of Marion on November 13-15. marioncountygourdartists.com or (352) 245-7203.
RAINBOW SPRINGS ART FESTIVAL (NOVEMBER 21) The first annual Rainbow Springs Art Festival will take place at the Dunnellon Plaza from 10am4pm. The festival will showcase
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up to 2 adults and $5 each for any additional children. Doors open at 7:30pm. (352) 401-5683.
CLASSIC AT ADENA (DECEMBER 4) The First Annual Classic at Adena will consist of a scramble format with a shotgun start at 12pm. The event features several prizes, complimentary beverages and valet parking. Registration begins at 10:30am. (352) 812-3618 or (352) 362-3905.
CHRISTMAS CANDLELIGHT TOUR (DECEMBER 5) Historic Ocala Preservation Society will host their annual Christmas Candlelight Tour showcasing the historic homes of Southeast 8th Street and the HOPS Bryant House. The tour runs 5-8pm and includes seasonal music, refreshments and a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 the night of the event. historicocala.org or (352) 351-1861.
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EW AMONG US KNOW THE UTTER AND PROFOUND JOY A MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS PATIENT FEELS WHEN HER OR HIS LEGS ARE FREED FROM CRIPPLING PAIN AS THEY SIT IN THE SADDLE ATOP A GENTLE HORSE. OR SEE THE LOOK OF SHEER PLEASURE ON A VOLUNTEER’S FACE AS AN OTHERWISE NON-COMMUNICATIVE AUTISTIC CHILD REACHES DOWN, SMILES AND LOVINGLY STROKES A HORSE’S MANE. OR THE PRIDE A GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR FEELS AS SHE OR HE PROUDLY MARCHES WITH HER OR HIS CLASS IN THEIR ACADEMIC CAP AND GOWN. THESE MOMENTS FROM PERSONAL SUCCESS STORIES ARE MADE POSSIBLE BY THE GENEROUS DONATIONS OF THE COMMUNITY AT CHARITY EVENTS. The 7th annual Chair-ity event by the OCALA/ MARION COUNTY ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS (OMCAR) was held at the Ewers
Century Center. Led by OMCAR’S 2015 president, DONNA DUNAWAY, this whimsical evening raised much-needed funds for the MARION THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOCIATION (MTRA) and KIDS CENTRAL, INC. Over $27,000
was raised in 2014, and 2015 looked to surpass that with unique chairs and chair packages auctioned off, such as “Old Glory” offered by SHEILA BENNETT for Collier, Jernigan & Goedert, PA, “Princess Periwinkle’s Every Day Throne” submitted by Village Friends of MTRA and too many other beauties to mention here. Doors opened at 5:30pm, and guests visited OMCAR’s sponsors inside the lobby and the KLEIN CONFERENCE CENTER. There were too many guests to list all the names of prominent people in attendance, but seen in the crowd were GREG LORD, PAUL STENTIFORD and JIMMY GRIMES. Bidding on the silent auction items displayed along the hallway was brisk as was the later bidding on live auction items. The committee works many months organizing and planning the Chair-ity fundraiser. Chairs are decorated by Realtor members, members of the
community and local organizations. For many Realtors and citizens, this is their favorite night of the year. Tables were set up, and many guests welcomed the liquid refreshment at BRUSTER’S table or enjoyed the wide selection of beverages from ISLAND GROVE WINE COMPANY, TRI-EAGLE SALES and INFINITE ALE WORKS. No one left hungry either, as guests sampled the savory selections from the MELTING POT, HARRY’S and PDQ. “This year’s event was not one to miss,” said R. SUSAN SMITH, subcommittee co-chair. “The chairs created and donated by local artisans and businesses were incredible. People believed how generous our community really is once they saw these chairs at the event.” JOHN COOPER, CEO of Kids Central, states: “Donated funds allow us to involve children in extracurricular activities like dance lessons, team sports and scout troops. Donated funds also make sure our graduating seniors are able to take part in the associated rites of passage, like purchasing a yearbook, walking in graduation with their cap and gown and going on their senior trip.”
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president of the Board of Directors of MTRA, was equally effusive: “We are honored to be chosen as one of the recipients of this wonderful OMCAR event.” Ronald W. Wetherington Social Scene Editor
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On August 28 and 29, New Horizon Academy for Exceptional Students hosted a tennis tournament, golf scramble and gala to support the academyâ€™s work in educating children and young adults with autism. The gala was hosted on Friday night and featured a buffet dinner, music by Second Opinion Band and a silent auction.
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