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Features Meandering Your Way Through Medicare p36 With 55 million Americans enrolled in the federal insurance plan Medicare, annual open enrollment is more than just another date on the calendar. BY JIM GIBSON
Adventure Road p40 Northwest Gainesville Road is more than just another relaxing Sunday afternoon drive… it is home to four exciting outdoor adventure venues that are more than just entertaining… they are downright fun. BY JIM GIBSON
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Saddle Up! p60 They say you can’t go home again, but that’s not quite true. You can go home… just be prepared to appreciate the changes. BY CYNTHIA MCFARLAND
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October2015 Vol17 No10
The Buzz p21 The real people, places and events that shape our community. BY KEVIN CHRISTIAN, LAUREL GILLUM & JOANN GUIDRY
Woodland Hills Birds of Prey is a sanctuary for raptors. HORSIN’AROUND p24
For the Alexanders, horses are a family tradition. GIVINGBACK p26
Power of the Purse helps ReadingPals come to life.
News from Marion County Public Schools.
The Dish p67 Our best recipes, restaurant news and culinary quick bites. BY CEALIA ATHANASON AND LAUREL GILLUM
Our area’s finest dining establishments.
The Scene p77 Your guide to what’s happening in and around Ocala.
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Big Hammock Race Series hits the road running.
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We love keeping you up to date on what’s happening in the community, but here’s a peek at what’s going on inside the OS office.
SAYONARA,SHOWCASE! Our annual OCALA STYLE BRIDAL SHOWCASE has become a flagship event for our region, and we couldn’t be more proud of how this year’s turned out. Guests wined and dined among North Central Florida’s wedding professionals, receiving tons of free swag and plenty of wedding day pointers. We hope everyone enjoyed themselves, and we can’t wait for next September.
FOODIES, GATHER ‘ROUND This November, we’re bringing you a scrumdiddly-umptious food issue loaded with delicious, foodie content. We’re also excited to debut our OCALA STYLE RESTAURANT GUIDE. Inside you’ll find some of our area’s best places to dine. Better yet, it’s perfectly sized to tear out and keep in your purse or glove compartment for when you’re not sure what’s for dinner. Oh, and of course, there will be food and dining giveaways on facebook.com/ocalastyle.
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IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR… That’s right, it’s GREAT TOY GIVEAWAY time! For the fifth year, we’re going all out (as in we’ve been working on this since August, all out). We’re hosting hourly giveaways for the first 20 days of December, and all you have to do is Like us at facebook.com/ocalastyle and enter to win any toy that catches your eye. We’ll have everything from guitars to singing robots to movie character dolls to scooters and so much more that we could never list it all here.
FIRST-RATE PHOTOGRAPHER Here at OS, we work with some pretty amazing people. JOHN JERNIGAN has been our photographer for years because of his incredible talent, and this year, he earned some formal recognition at the Florida Professional Photographers Award Banquet. John was honored as the 2015 Photographer of the Year and took first place in the Commercial Photography division. Congratulations, John! We’d say keep up the good work, but we know you can’t help it.
MAKE YOUR LIST, CHECK IT TWICE At the heart of our community—and part of why Ocala is so unique—are local businesses. This year we’re offering special advertising opportunities to our beloved local businesses in our Seasonal Gift Guide, the perfect way to showcase your specialties before everyone heads out shopping. If you’d like to reach new clients through Ocala Style, contact Dean Johnson at (352) 732-0073 or email@example.com for details.
ALL IN THE FAMILY
Family-owned businesses are a vital part of Ocala, and they’re run by some pretty special people. This December, we’re featuring the family businesses that make our hometown so special and giving them the chance to thank their clients and tell their stories. Participants will receive complimentary photos to use in future ads (or even greeting cards). Sound good? Reach out to Dean Johnson at (352) 732-0073 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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This December, our sister publication, Healthy Living, will feature Healthy Giving, a feature dedicated to charitable organizations. You can use one of our spaces to promote your cause, call for volunteers or thank those volunteers and sponsors who have made your successful year possible. If you’d like to secure your space in Healthy Giving, contact Dean Johnson at (352) 732-0073 or email@example.com.
This month our thoughts have been with our photographer, John Jernigan, following the passing of his father. Many of you will remember JIM JERNIGAN for the beautiful portraits he created in his studio for over 69 years. Others will remember his 50 years of service through the Kiwanis Club and participation on the founding board of the Appleton Museum. Thank you to Mr. Jernigan for making Ocala better (and more beautiful) for generations to come.
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EGINNING THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15 AND RUNNING THROUGH SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18, THIS YEAR’S FALL PARADE OF HOMES, SPONSORED BY THE MARION COUNTY BUILDING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION, WILL FEATURE 16 NEW HOME ENTRIES SCATTERED THROUGH SEVERAL OF THE AREA’S BEST COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENTS. The event promises to highlight spectacular floor plans, energy-efficient appliances and luxurious upgrades. Whether you’re in the market for a new home or are just window shopping for DIY ideas, it’s an October must-see event.
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THE RAPTOR MAN BY JOANN GUIDRY
ARK JOSEPH GOOD IS AT HOME IN THE WOODS AND AMONG ITS CREATURES, ESPECIALLY THOSE WITH WINGS.
Good has worked for the Florida Forest Service since 1986, serving as a park ranger, forest ranger and senior forest ranger. Currently, he is a forestry supervisor for the Withlacoochee State Forest. Beyond his vocation, Good’s avocation—make that obsession— is with raptors, aka birds of prey. “I just love everything about raptors, from their hooting to their flying,” says Good, a Dunnellon resident. “They are very special.” A master falconer, Good owns Woodland Hills Birds of Prey, an educational operation licensed by the state and federal government for the sport of falconry. Good also has an educational exhibition permit, allowing him to make raptor presentations to schools, parks programs, civic groups and wildlife organizations. “Most people are in awe of birds of prey, like owls and hawks,” says Good. “I like giving them an up-close look at them. I teach them about their evolution, biology and environment. When they actually get to see and touch one, people are even more in awe of them.” Accompanying Good on his educational presentations are
smuggled in among a group of one of his four raptors: Terra, a eggs in a basket from Austria 29-year-old Harris’ hawk; Shiloh, to California. The eggs were a 25-year-old great horned owl; confiscated by federal authorities. Gentry, a 15-year-old barred owl; Found in much of Europe and Asia, and Thorin, a 1-year old Eurasian Eurasian eagle owls are the world’s eagle owl. All found their way to largest owl species. They are 2 to Good in interesting ways. 2.5 feet tall, weighing from 7 to 10 Terra, who was bred in pounds with a wingspan of 6 to 7 captivity, had become a terror at feet. In the wild, they are thought to a St. Louis bird sanctuary. Harris’ live 20 years, but in captivity, they hawks are social raptors and will can live to 60. hunt in packs. Good suspects that Well-known for his ‘raptor “Terra’s behavioral issues likely man’ reputation, Good was had to do with being without a contacted on behalf of each bird. social group.” One by one, Terra, Shiloh, Gentry Shiloh was captured by forest and Thorin found a new home at rangers after attacking a man; a vet Woodland Hills. exam revealed she had gone blind “I got Thorin from a federally from eating rat poison-laced meat. licensed breeding facility where The great horned owl is Good’s his father had been placed after he main bird for his educational hatched. I’ve had him since he was presentations, thanks to her less than a month old,” says Good. “great presence.” “To bond with these raptors is a Gentry fell out of his nest as very special privilege.” a baby at an elementary school. Good says, “He spent most of the day wrapped up in a kid’s sweater until a teacher realized what was going on.” Want To Know More? Thorin is the facebook.com/WoodlandHillsBirdsofPrey offspring of a male email@example.com (352) 489-9362 Eurasian eagle owl
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OR CHRIS, LISA AND ASHTON ALEXANDER, HORSES ARE A FAMILY TRADITION YIELDING UNCOMMON SUCCESS. THE TALLY INCLUDES AN EQUESTRIAN SCHOLARSHIP AND A CONNECTION TO A TRIPLE CROWN WINNER.
Hill and Don Stewart. When not out on the show Ashton Alexander’s earliest memories are of taking circuit, Ashton is horseback at Don Stewart Stables riding lessons on her first pony when she was 4. She from Tuesday through Sunday, 9am-5pm. Schoolwork began competitive showing before she even turned came in the evenings; she 6 and has been at it graduated in March from ever since. Chris, Ashton & Lisa Alexander Florida Virtual School. “Riding has been my “Riding was all I really life since the first time I sat wanted to do,” says Ashton, a on my pony when I was hunter/jumper rider. “I always a little girl,” says Ashton, wanted to be an elite rider.” now 18. “Over the years, my Ashton competes parents tried to get me into in hunter and equitation other sports, but nothing classes over stadium jumps, interested me like riding.” both outdoors and indoors. Ashton comes by her In hunter competition, the horse sense naturally. Her focus is on the horse, which mother, Lisa, was also a is judged on its style and horse-crazy kid, who went jumping form. In equitation, on to become a competitive the rider is judged on ability rider in three-day eventing. and riding form. Ashton, Ashton’s father, Chris, who doesn’t own any horses, is a fifth-generation rides Stewart Stables horses Thoroughbred horseman. in competition. Homeschooled all her “I have been very life so she could pursue fortunate to be able to ride her riding passion, Ashton some wonderful horses,” trains with Bibby Farmer
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he Ocala/Marion County Association of Realtors recently hosted its 7th Annual Chair-ity Event. Year after year, our Realtor®/ Affiliate Committee works hard volunteering their time to plan this event. The Realtor®/Affiliate Committee started in 2007. Each year, we see the committee grow with new faces, and those who have been there from the beginning continue to volunteer their time. The committee works nine months out of the year planning the Chair-ity Event, a fundraiser benefiting local charities by auctioning off chairs that have been decorated by our Realtor® Members, members of the public and local businesses, and organizations as artwork. These chairs have turned into
beautiful masterpieces and include more than just the chair itself! This past year, we raised $30,000 to go to the charity—or charities—of choice! This year, we chose Marion Therapeutic Riding Association and Kids Central, Inc. to benefit from the Chair-ity Event. MTRA is a premier accredited therapeutic horseback riding program for people of all ages and capabilities who are physically, mentally or emotionally challenged, and Kids Central, Inc. is a non-profit organization that develops and manages a comprehensive, community-based system of care for abused, neglected and abandoned children and their families. Take a look at some of the chairs submitted for this year. —DONNA DUNAWAY, PRESIDENT
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BACKYARD UPGRADES FOR A YEAR-ROUND OASIS I
F YOU’RE FINDING IT DIFFICULT TO SAY FAREWELL TO ALL THE FUN YOU ENJOYED IN YOUR BACKYARD THIS SUMMER, NOW IS THE PERFECT TIME TO MAKE UPGRADES THAT LET YOU ENJOY YOUR OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE ALL YEAR LONG. THE FOLLOWING IDEAS LET YOU ACHIEVE A STYLISH LOOK WHILE INTRODUCING NEW TOUCHES THAT MAKE IT POSSIBLE TO ENJOY YOUR BACKYARD TO THE FULLEST, ANY TIME OF YEAR. EXTEND YOUR GROWING SEASON—
and lend a burst of color to the landscape—with a greenhouse that lets you continue to cultivate fresh veggies and flowers in a temperature-controlled environment. Work the house seamlessly into your backyard design by choosing from compact models that have about the same footprint as a sandbox (or even smaller) up to larger walkin units the size of a detached shed.
NOTHING WARMS UP A COOL NIGHT LIKE A TOASTY FIRE, and flames dancing in an open
pit set a special ambiance for evening gatherings out back. Options are limited only by your imagination: integrate a
freestanding version into your existing patio layout, create a stone walkway across the yard to a seating area surrounding a fire pit ringed in stone or introduce a whole new hardscape to your patio with a small built-in fireplace and chimney.
FULL OR PARTIAL PATIO ENCLOSURES offer a natural extension of your indoor space, affording the views and ambiance of the outdoor environment with protection from elements such as wind and rain. A wide range of options let you choose how close to nature you will be, from open-air pergolas that deflect precipitation to retractable screens and windows that keep brisk air at bay.
Make your backyard oasis a true wellness retreat with A SPA THAT OFFERS THERAPEUTIC RELAXATION under the stars. Options such as the new Highlife Collection NXT line by Hot Spring Spas lend a striking addition to your space with meticulously crafted models that feature architecturally molded corners, elegant exterior lighting and cabinetry with a rich wood-grain look.
A LUSH LANDSCAPE lends more than an appealing appearance to a yard. Strategically planted vegetation can serve functional benefits, such as deflecting wind or providing a protective canopy overhead. Adding foliage that blooms late in the season or maintains its color year-round lends a fresh aesthetic, and you can draw birds and other wildlife all year long with plantings that offer both food and shelter.
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115 NE 8th Ave 16910 S. Hwy 441, Ste. 204 Ocala, FL 352-351-0011 Summerfield, FL 352-245-3388
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BEAUTIFUL TRADITIONAL ESTATE • Gracious tree-lined drive • 6 bedrooms • 5.5 bathrooms • 4.48+/- acres • Grand foyer w/double circular staircase • Expansive rooms
• Magnificent formal & informal living areas • Downstairs master suite • Large inviting pool & tennis court • Motor home garage w/extra storage • Perfection at its best!
$949,000 ML# 425211
SIMPLY PERFECT MINI FARM • 5.39+/- acres fireplaces • 5 bedrooms • Large kitchen, island • Residence has 4 full & breakfast room and 1 half bathrooms • Dream office w/ • Full bath & large built-ins playroom upstairs • Space for entertaining • Five-Stall barn w/tack • Near The Country room & 1 full bath Club of Ocala & close • Formal & informal to FL Horse Park living rooms w/ $859,000 ML# 421088
GOLDEN OCALA GOLF & EQUESTRIAN CLUB • Located in prestigious and desirable gated community • 4 bedroom and 3.5 baths • Well designed with custom interior • Cooks kitchen with SS appliances
• Heated salt pool, spa and summer kitchen • Covered patio and screened porch • Whole house generator • Additional amenities available • 5,269 sq.ft.
$1,099,000 ML# 430380
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Beautiful 4/3 pool home w/transom windows, triple split bedroom plan & open floor plan, complete w/ formal living & dining rms w/wood flooring & family rm that flows into kitchen. Master bedrm has a WIC & master bath has a separate tub & shower & double vanities. Two bedrooms share a Jack & Jill bath & 3rd bedroom has own bath that doubles as a pool bath. Three sets of sliding pocket doors lead out to screen enclosed pool & covered lanai. Enjoy being close in to town with this unbeatable location, while enjoying the privacy of this beautiful gated neighborhood. $338,000 ML#426165
Enter into foyer, which opens to family rm w/gas fpl & formal dining rm, all with wood flooring. Gourmet kitchen has custom cabinetry, granite countertops, & SS appliances, w/large center island leading to breakfast nook w/bay window. Master suite has walk-in closet, double vanities, garden tub & walk-in glass enclosed shower. Two bedrms share a Jack & Jill bath with double vanities. At the heart of the home is a 436 sq ft screen room, which leads to open patio w/pavers & privacy fenced yard w/ plenty of room to a add pool or garden. $320,000 ML#429909
4/3.5 home on 4.5 acres in beautifully wooded & gated community close in to town. Home features open floor plan with upgraded kitchen which opens to spacious family room with hand scraped wood flooring & beautiful fireplace. Kitchen has custom cabinetry w/granite countertops, stainless appliances & breakfast bar, which opens to breakfast nook. Family room leads to large study, which flows into master suite. Upstairs has 3 additional bedrooms & 2 baths. Large screened lanai across back of home gives additional living & entertaining space while providing serene & private views of natural setting. $625,000 ML#427109
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Bring a sophisticated look to your bath with organizers that combine stunning design with superior function. Shower accessories from the LINEA collection— single, double and triple dispensers as well as a shower basket and squeegee—are crafted with crystal-like elements and completed with rust-proof metal features. A beautiful storage solution inspired by contemporary perfume bottles, LINEA is the definition of modern luxury. See how you can accessorize your bath with elegance at dispenser.com/linea.
TAKE PRIDE IN YOUR PANTRY Add style in the pantry with shelving that is not only functional but looks good, too, with CLOSETMAID CLOSE MESH wire shelving. Available in white, nickel and satin chrome finishes, the deck wires are spaced 5/8 inches apart instead of the standard 1 inch, to keep small items from tipping. Maximize storage space by using the shelving with the ShelfTrack adjustable bracket system, which makes it easy to make room for pantry items of various sizes. Purchase at ClosetMaid.com and HomeDepot.com.
ORGANIZE WITH AESTHETICS IN MIND Maximize space, storage and organization with a pocket door system. The DEMI TALL PANTRY CABINET FROM WELLBORN CABINET, INC. is ideal for kitchens of all sizes. Pull out units, sliding shelves and motion sensor lighting make organizing and locating items easy, while adding a pleasing aesthetic to the room. For more storage solutions, go to wellborn.com.
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S SUMMER GIVES WAY TO A BUSY FALL AND SCHEDULES GET A BIT MORE HECTIC, THINGS HAVE A WAY OF GETTING DISHEVELED. YOU CAN GET YOUR HOME REORGANIZED AND LOOKING GREAT WITH JUST A LITTLE BIT OF TLC AND SOME HELPFUL STORAGE SOLUTIONS. FROM THOSE STRAY GROCERIES THAT HAVEN’T FOUND A HOME IN THE PANTRY TO SHAMPOO BOTTLES THAT LINGER ON THE BATHTUB LEDGE, THESE OPTIONS CAN HELP YOU GET REORGANIZED AND MAXIMIZE YOUR STORAGE SPACE.
KITCHEN RENOVATION INSPIRATIONS
HETHER YOU’RE TURNING YOUR HOME INTO A “HOMEGATING” HEADQUARTERS THIS FALL OR LOOKING TO UPGRADE YOUR EVERYDAY COOKING, YOU CAN UPDATE YOUR KITCHEN IN JUST ONE WEEKEND WITHOUT THE HEADACHE AND MESS OF A FULL REMODEL. HERE ARE FIVE DIY IDEAS FROM THE TREND EXPERTS AT LOWE’S AND FRIGIDAIRE PROFESSIONAL THAT WILL FIT ANY KITCHEN STYLE AND BRING YOUR PINTEREST-WORTHY DREAM KITCHEN TO LIFE.
EVERYTHING AND THE KITCHEN SINK Farmhouse kitchens are growing in popularity, but whether you are going for a farmhouse look or something more transitional, a farmhouse sink can add character to any kitchen. Go for a classic white or find a farmhouse sink with a darker metal finish such as an antique copper single-basin for a unique touch that’s easy to install.
DON’T GET VOTED OFF THIS ISLAND At a party, everyone ends up in the kitchen. Easily swap in a large, distressed, vintage-inspired island to create a warm and inviting space where guests can gather so they don’t take up your valuable prep and cooking space.
UPGRADE YOUR COOKING New appliances make a huge difference. Go for professional-grade, sleek stainless steel appliances like the new Frigidaire Professional Collection that not only looks professional but also offers features that will upgrade your cooking. The new collection was inspired by commercial kitchens and designed to fit existing spaces so you can achieve a professional
look and feel without doing a full kitchen remodel. The front-control freestanding range offers a variety of uses to conquer any holiday meal, while the dishwasher can wash dishes in as little as 30 minutes.
GRAY IS THE NEW WHITE From fashion to film, everyone is embracing shades of gray. In the kitchen, gray creates a bright, clean appearance that is calming and welcoming. The color also beautifully compliments stainless steel appliances, while contrasting cabinets and doors can add a level of dimension, bringing a contemporary design full circle.
IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS Small changes can have a big impact on the overall look of any kitchen. Try pairing your sleek appliances with warm finishes and statement lighting, such as pendants, to create an intimate space. To minimize upkeep, select smudge-proof stainless steel appliances so your kitchen always looks sleek and clean. Focus on furniture and accessories that have a handmade, antique feel but also create efficiencies in the kitchen, such as an industrial style kitchen cart. Carts are multifunctional and can be used to prep, serve or store your wine and cookbooks.
Check out Lowes.com for more information on the new Frigidaire Professional Collection and for additional ideas on how to turn your busy kitchen into a space worthy of endless entertaining.
S HOMEOWNERS AND DESIGNERS LOOK TO PERSONALIZE SPACES AND CREATE IMPACTFUL INTERIORS, PATTERNS ARE BEING REPLICATED WITH PAINT ON WALLS, FLOORS, FURNITURE AND MORE. “Pattern always catches my eye and is my go-to element for adding something special to a space,” said Grace Bonney, design expert,
STRIKING LINEWORK: Sharp angles and a fractured, abstract look bring dimension to the standard stripe, and add strong visual impact to even the most awkward spaces around the home. Consider using neutral paint colors for more traditional and elegant looks or brighter colors to infuse energy into the space.
MOD OPTIC: These strong three-dimensional
patterns create a clean, modern style that communicates sophistication and audacity. Infuse contrast and depth to create a clean,
POPS OF PATTERN TO INSTANTLY UPGRADE INTERIORS
founder of Design*Sponge and author of the best-selling book Design*Sponge at Home. “For me, a pattern is almost always greater than the sum of its parts,” Bonney said. “Beautiful paint colors combine with brilliant linework to create something simple or so over-the-top that it can transform a room instantly.”
ScotchBlue Brand partnered with Patternbank, experts in modern style and design, to analyze the world of pattern and forecast five up-and-coming trends that can help take your home from boring to beautiful by adding depth, color and personality.
modern backdrop for existing decor. The pattern allows you to play with a combination of light and dark colors as a way to add different levels of drama based on the space.
FOUND FRAGMENTS: With clean lines or shapes juxtaposed against existing prints and designs, this pattern keeps your space downto-earth while still being on trend. Diversify existing decor elements by layering multiple patterns and mediums to adapt any space to match your changing styles.
GEO ELEMENTAL: Merging traditional shapes such as zigzags and diamonds with various color treatments adds a modern feel to deep-rooted tradition, creating a meeting point for contemporary and universal. The lively repetition of eye-catching, sharp lines is ideal for spaces that draw attention in one direction and evoke a strong sense of place. Using earth tones and natural colors add to the global feel of the pattern, while cool neutral colors provide a calming aura. ’70S REVIVAL: Give a nod to the stylish looks of the ’70s by building on lavish shapes with modern styling and fresh forms. The combination of high-contrast colors and the big impact of the pattern help make the space feel dynamic and lively.
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SIMPLE HOME SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS I
NTEGRATING SECURITY UPGRADES INTO YOUR NEXT REMODEL OR RENOVATION CAN BE ONE OF THE MOST VALUABLE INVESTMENTS A HOMEOWNER CAN MAKE. THINKING BEYOND AESTHETICS COULD SAVE YOUR HOME FROM THE THREATS OF THEFT, FIRE OR NATURAL DISASTER.
If you’re like the Clements, consider storing high-value tools— like the tools your grandfather handed down to you or irreplaceable antique tools too valuable for everyday DIY—in locked cabinets or a safe. Large home safes, like those available from Cannon Safe®, can comfortably house tools and are fire proof.
According to Mark and Theresa Clement, home renovation experts and authors of MyFixItUpLife.com, integrating safety into your next remodel or home project is simple and “as essential as plumbing in a home renovation plan,” said Theresa. Mark and Theresa offer the following tips for securing some of the most prized areas of your home.
PATIO OR DECK: If your home updates include deck or patio renovations, be sure to hire a certified contractor and use quality materials and procedures. This will ensure a long-lasting product that doesn’t quickly deteriorate. Plan inspections annually to ensure railings are secure and boards free from rot or wear.
ENTRY WAY: This area is the first place guests see, but it can also be an
closet space is a must, and adding extra security is easy. A custominstalled home safe ensures you can easily access items in case of an emergency and rest assured that your prized possessions are safe in case of fire or natural disaster. Cannon safes offer shelving and storage options designed to organize and protect documents, jewelry or even a prized shoe collection. And with a power supply built-in, they’re perfect for storing electronics, hard drives and routers.
entry point for the unwelcomed kind. Ensure your door offers the right amount of security with properly working, heavy-duty locks. Add additional security with a camera or security system.
GARAGE, SHOP OR MAN CAVE: Repurposing sheds and garages into “man caves” with bars and TVs is a popular trend. For most families, these areas are overlooked when it comes to security and yet house high-value items. Install locks—even on garage doors—and consider overhead storage that conceals and protects from weather. One of the simplest things you can do: Lock up ladders stored outdoors. Many of us diligently lock the first floor windows but not the second.
BEDROOM OR HOME OFFICE: In bedrooms or home offices, storage and
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LEADING WITH THE BEST IN THE SOUTHWEST
Rolling Hills: Exceptional 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 car garage home plus home office and bonus room situated on beautifully landscaped 1+ acre. Salt water pool features waterfall. Upgrades include granite countertops, water softener, Air-Conditioned workshop, boat/ RV parking. Outstanding Value! Asking $278,500 MLS#430462
Oak Run: Popular Tahiti model in prestigious Eagles Point. Eatin kitchen with granite counters, maple cabinets and breakfast bar, formal dining room plus den, large great room, split bedroom Lesley plan with California closets and custom window treatments. CovRogan (352) 817-5114 ered screened lanai with fenced back yard. $180,450 MLS#423802
Rolling Hills - Sprawling 4200 sq ft ranch with stone fireplace, open floor plan, 45x42 office or game room. Gunite pool - 12’ deep with child proof fencing. 1 bedroom/1 bath guest house with large screened enclosure. 36 x 60 6 stall barn, 3 paddocks with 3+4 board fencing. Shed/kennel combo. $499,900 MLS 425144
On Top of The World: Beautiful 2 Bed, 2 Bath, 2 car Garage Detached Home on a Large Lot. Laminate Floors in Living and Dining Mike Bleau Area, Tile Flooring in Kitchen, Lanai and Updated Baths. Ceiling (352) 857-4421 Fans in Every Room. Natural Gas Stove, Furnace and Dryer, Large Workshop in Garage. Priced to sell at $109,900 MLS#426199
Candler Hills: Expanded huntley on a corner lot. Great curb appeal, full glass door & river rock entrance. This home features formal dining room,3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2 car garage. The kitchen offers plenty of cabinets with pullouts. Stainless appliances with beautiful wood flooring leading out to your 15x16 ft. Screened lanai where you can entertain or just enjoy the sunset overlooking the preserve area. All of this comes with a full one year home warranty. Entertaining or relaxing this home has it all. $254,600 MLS#421398
Summerglen: Pertly attractive 4/3/2 home on a cul-de-sac w/water and golf course views and is on the 12 Hole. This amazing, over 3,800 sq. ft. home, boasts gorgeous laminate floors, an extended lanai w/ birdcage, arched doorway and formal living room and dining area. Friendly neighborhood-plenty to do. Asking $255,000 MLS#426347
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Spruce Creek Preserve: Inside cypress villa model, across from woods and grassy area. Well maintained with inside laundry. Week of 5/25/15 home had new a/c-heat system installed and a new roof. Large closet in foyer. Lindsay Large master bedroom walk-in-closet. The home has not been lived in very Paolillo (352) 509-1063 much since this owner purchased in 2009. Two years ago it was rented for snowbird season and then 2014 to 4/2015 for a year. Appliances are “as is”. Owner has never used water softener in garage. $127,600 MLS#426488
Westgate: Custom Brick 4/3/2 Home nestled on heavily wooded 6.14 acres, House generator run on in ground propane gas. Laminate floors, sunny eat in kitchen w/solid surface counters, double oven, full size freezer and refrigerator, center island, step ceiling in formal dining room, 9’ ceiling, 14’ ceiling in family room, 11 fans, shed, double sided fireplace, laundry room, oversized 2 car garage. $450,000 MLS#429565
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Exceptional Home Close to Schools. 3/2/2 + Office. Home Offers a Spacious Open Floor Plan, Vaulted Ceilings, Crown Molding, Gas Fireplace, Oversize 2-Car Garage, Lanai Under Roof that Extends Under Birdcage, 10 X 16 Out Building, Private Backyard, all on 0.46 Acres. Just Reduced: $179,900 MLS 428825
Unbelievable value in a great location! Executive Style Custom Home with 3-4 Bedrms & 3 Baths. Living, Dining & Family Rms, Large Open Concept Audrey Johns Kitchen. 10-12 Ft Clgs throughout Screen Lanai with Summer Kitchen. Situated on .71 of Acre on Cul-de-sac, with Lush Landscaping, Fruit Tree’s, & (352) 812-6767 Privacy. Convenient to SE & SW Ocala. Offered at $249,900 MLS 415355
Spacious 3/2 home with privacy. Freshly painted in and out, new carpet. Kitchen offers plenty of prep area, appliances, cabinetry, easy access to laundry room and garage. Breakfast nook gives Julia McPherson views of back yard and access door to the enlarged covered patio. (352) 895-0722 Water softener & 5 stage reverse osmosis system incl. Home is immaculately cared for and it shows! Offered for $162,900 MLS 431210
Quiet and peaceful setting perfectly situated on a corner cul-desac lot. Partially treed backyard for privacy in Marco Polo Village. 3/2/2 with laundry and Florida room, breakfast nook in kitchJulia McPherson en. Master suite w/private bath & walk in closet. Formal dining (352) 895-0722 room, living room and 2 guest bedrooms with baths. MLS 428363
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
Sprawling 4200 sq ft ranch with stone fireplace, open floor plan, 45x42 office or game room. Gunite pool - 12’ deep with child proof fencing. 1 bedroom/1 bath guest house with large screened enclosure. 36 x 60 6 stall barn, 3 padKathy Van (352) 789-0081 docks with 3+4 board fencing. Shed/kennel combo. $499,900 MLS#425144
Sit on your country front porch, breath in the fresh air. This 3/3/2 home boasts 9 ft. ceilings, kitchen has upgraded cabinets w/braided in lay, w/a Donna Knox pass through to dining room. L/M/Bedroom w/double sinks and sepa(352) 216-5495 rate shower in bath. Baseboards add to the extras in this home. Home has detached mother in-law apartment. Price: $225,000 MLS 428200
Beautiful 3/3 home in desirable SE Ocala. This home has it all. Welcoming foyer, open floor plan, spacious great room, chef’s kitchen with casual dining area, and gas range, study with built-ins, formal dining room, master suite with luxurious bath, crown molding throughout, wood floors, screened lanai, and side entry garage. Offered at $323,900. MLS #430412
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says Ashton. “I can’t pick any favorites because they’re all special to me.” Here are Ashton’s 2015 highlights in a riding résumé replete with honors: Champion Small Jr. Hunter (16-17 Division) & Reserve Overall Grand Champion/U.S. Junior Hunter National Championship West Coast; Reserve Overall Grand Champion/U.S. Junior Hunter National Championship East Coast; 1st—Devoucoux Hunter Prix at HITS-on-the-Hudson IV. Last November, Ashton earned an equestrian scholarship as a hunt seat rider with Auburn University. After completing the 2015 show season, she will enroll at Auburn in January with plans to major in business. All of their daughter’s accomplishments come as no surprise to her parents. “Ashton has always been very dedicated and mature beyond her years,” says Lisa. “She set her goals and worked hard to achieve them.” To which Chris adds, “Ashton is the most driven person I’ve ever known. We are very proud of her.”
As the farm manager for Ocala-based McKathan Bros. Training Center for the past 10 years, Chris Alexander has overseen the early training of many outstanding racehorses. But a horse named American Pharoah now reigns at the top of that list. Bred and raced by Ahmed Zayat, American Pharoah became the 12th Triple Crown winner when he swept the 2015 Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes. It had been 37 years since a Thoroughbred had won the elusive title. The last to previously do so was Florida-bred Affirmed in 1978. “The whole experience with American Pharoah was just incredible,” says Chris. “It was like some storybook fairytale.” American Pharoah was less than a year old when he first arrived at McKathan Bros., which is owned and operated by J.B. and Kevin McKathan, in November 2012. “Most of the farm’s clients, including Mr. Zayat, like to send their young horses down to us when it starts getting cold in Kentucky,” says Chris. “We have much milder winters, and they thrive here.” American Pharoah was slated to be sold in the 2013 Saratoga August yearling sale, so he shipped out for sale prepping. But Zayat bought him back, and American Pharoah returned to McKathan Bros. “We gave him maybe four or five days off, and then we put a saddle on him,” says Chris. “He was always an easy-going horse and nothing rattled him. He took to training well. He just kept getting better and better.” By the time American Pharoah was shipped to Southern California-based trainer Bob Baffert in late May 2014, Chris notes that
“we all thought he was going to be a special racehorse.” Indeed, that prophecy came true as American Pharoah earned the Eclipse Award as champion 2-year-old male by the end of his first racing season. And then came the history-making 2015 Triple Crown series. “Thanks to Mr. Zayat, Lisa and I went to the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes,” says Chris. “After each win, we were just in awe of what American Pharoah was doing.” During the entire Triple Crown odyssey, Lisa was capturing it all with photographs as a keepsake of the momentous occasion. “My birthday was the day after the Belmont Stakes,” says Chris. “Lisa surprised me with a special photo album of the Triple Crown pictures she had taken. Absolutely one of the best birthday presents I’ve ever gotten.” At this writing, American Pharoah is slated to end his racing career in the Breeders’ Cup Classic on October 31 at Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington, Kentucky. Photos by Lisa Alexander
AMERICAN PHAROAH & THE TRIPLE CROWN
WOMEN & PURSES OF WORTH BY JOANN GUIDRY
ELEBRATING ITS 10TH ANNIVERSARY, WOMEN OF WORTH WILL HOST ITS 5TH ANNUAL POWER OF THE PURSE EVENT.
From a simple altruistic beginning, the United Way of Marion County’s Women’s Leadership Council/Women of Worth has grown to have an extraordinary community impact. “One of Women of Worth’s charter members and founders, Toni James, believed that women needed a special voice in the United Way,” says Tina Banner, the UWMC executive vice president. “She knew that statistics show that the woman in the family is who directs 89 percent of all philanthropic giving. The idea for WoW was to enable women to use that power to benefit the community.” WoW’s first fundraiser was Ocala’s Favorite Things in April 2005, which put $30,000 in their charitable coffers. Since its inception, WoW has allocated more than $382,000 to 35 local non-profit programs. In 2010, WoW staged its inaugural Power of the Purse fundraiser, which has become its signature event. Over the past four years, Power of the Purse has raised more than $60,000. Last year’s event turned its focus to the ReadingPals program. “We believe that the ReadingPals program is an essential program for our community’s children,” says Angie Umpleby, who serves as WoW chairperson and co-chair of the Power of the Purse fundraiser. “According to United Way
Worldwide statistics, for every 50 children who do not learn to read in kindergarten, 44 will still be struggling in third grade. In Marion County, between 250 to 500 kindergarten children cannot identify even one letter of the alphabet. ReadingPals is a direct way to improve these disturbing statistics.” In 2012, United Way of Marion County was one of 10 Florida United Ways awarded a three-year Barnett Early Literacy Grant to establish ReadingPals programs. Through the program, improvements in vocabulary, listening skills, comprehension, and visual and auditory memory help establish a foundation for reading. Based on pre-kindergarten testing, students assessed as “at risk” coming into kindergarten are placed into the ReadingPals program at 15 Marion County elementary schools. Specially trained volunteers are paired with one child to work on literacy skills for a 30-minute session once or twice a week for 25 weeks during the school year. The volunteer reads a book a week to the student, leads the child in a prescribed activity related to the book and, upon completion, the book is the child’s to take home.
Additionally, children are also given books to read over the summer break. “The ReadingPals program is expanding into more counties, so we will now get half the Barnett Early Literacy Grant funds,” says Umpleby. “At our 10th anniversary celebration in April, WoW presented a check to United Way for $30,000. We are committed to providing $30,000 a year for the next three years to ReadingPals. We have to support a program that is so important to our children and our community.”
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STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS AND DISTRICT NEWS THAT SHAPE MARION COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS.
BY KEVIN CHRISTIAN, APR, CPRC
THREE DECADES OF DRIVING JOYCE COLLINS knows Marion County—primarily because she has spent the last 35 years behind the wheel of a school bus. For her dedication to students and record driving experience, Joyce received the first of 44 brand-new, Thomas-built school buses hitting the roads this year. She also knows how to keep kids safe, especially on the new bus equipped with additional safety features inside and out.
29 YEARS AND
STEM MINDS THINK ALIKE
For 29 years now, students and staff at StantonWeirsdale Elementary have
taken parents and visitors on a trip around the world. Students study certain countries for weeks, designing costumes, learning customs and exploring their geography and social studies interests. Their efforts peak with a school-wide parade with every student taking part representing countries from around the world.
The 14th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks drew hundreds of cadets and other students to one central focal point at Forest High School: the flagpole. Each year, the school’s Air Force Junior ROTC cadets present full honors to those whose lives were lost when America changed forever. The solemn ceremony included some students who have vague memories of that fateful day. Others have no recollection because they were so young when the attacks happened. Principal Brent Carson, under escort, presented a wreath at the flagpole base to mark the special occasion.
These teachers and students recently received accolades, trophies and cash awards from CENTRAL FLORIDA’S STEM ALLIANCE. Representing science, technology, engineering and mathematics, STEM programs throughout Marion County offer students the opportunity to learn advanced skills for tomorrow’s demanding and competitive workplace— and teachers are making it all happen. Teachers honored include Kathy Andriola, Janice David, Casie Hicks and Melissa Hitchcock. Students honored include (alphabetically): Yasiara Aguirre, Yasmin Bacchus, Alex Boschma, Harris Cannon, Graham Cope, Mariah Hamby, Madison Handley, Cody Liss, Sofia Lopez, Cameron Martinez, Anna Mitchell, Cassandra Mosely, Jacob Mosely, Hayley Pittman, Skyler Pittman, Logan Potter, Brandon Schultz, Eric Shaw, Philip Heath Smith, Kevin Starr, Gabriela Sullivan, Vincent Vaughns and Margaret Waddell.
TOOLS 4 TEACHING OPENS STRONG You would definitely say “standing room only” if you were among 600-plus teachers hitting the TOOLS 4 TEACHING store on opening day this year. The store—stocked full of classroom supplies, student incentives and other creative educational items—provides everything free to teachers thanks to community donations. Started in 2009, T4T has handed out over $1 million in free supplies to Marion County teachers.
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You may ask yourself, “Why does the word thAng have an A and not an I?” Because, like the A, you stAnd out! Every single person is unique, and we all offer something special to make the world a better place. Whether you are an artist, a student, an entrepreneur or retired, you have gifts and talents to share with the world. The question is, are we all using them? “The story of The DYT Show was birthed from a burning desire to connect two worlds: today’s generation and the leaders in our community,” says Natalia Moy, the show’s producer. “Through the reality of hard work and perseverance, these successful entrepreneurs have lived
through years of real world experiences that have made them the successful people they are today! DYT becomes the bridge allowing both worlds to come together, from our local community to worldwide. Once they have connected, they will learn from each other to build a secure and prosperous marketplace for our future.” Do Your Thang Show, created and produced in Ocala and surrounding cities, is an innovative series poised to inspire its audience through drama, comedy and inspiring storytelling. Hosted by Chris Wims, the show follows its main character through a fictional drama of Chris’s struggle to escape a mundane life and pursue his passion for the fine arts. “I was living a life that was very structured, conforming to a path that I thought would be the right one for me because it made sense to everyone. For so long having the right job, the right girlfriend, doing what I was supposed to do felt right,” says Chris. “Through time I observed people who were genuinely happy about coming to work, satisfied with their place in life. That made me look inside myself and ask ‘why?’ One day something clicked; I had enough. I decided to take a chance to live out my dream. Not the easiest thing to do because everything came crashing down. I had to build it back up.” Everything came back together for Chris when he met Alex Moy, director for THID. Alex directed award-winning short film Protected, among other
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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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of fat in the treated area. Better yet, the results are lasting as long as one maintains a healthy weight and lifestyle. From adolescence, the body has a fixed number of fat cells. They expand with weight gain but, unlike what some may think, they don’t multiply. CoolSculpting provides individualized contouring of problem areas (or as some patients like to say, “areas of opportunity”) by freezing fat cells in the targeted area. Once cells are damaged, they begin a process of cell death, and the
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body then eliminates them, which occurs naturally without harming any neighboring tissue. CoolSculpting is not intended for weight loss, though it can put the finishing touch on your hard work by adding definition and, in some cases, motivating individuals to stick with their prescribed weight loss program. Previous surgeries or cosmetic procedures, like liposuction, can produce an uneven look, which can be smoothed out with CoolSculpting. Many women have trouble eliminating fat from the infamous belly button area, and those who have had Cesarean sections may find it even more difficult. And everyone has that one difficult zone that won’t let go, at least, not until now. CoolSculpting is cleared for the abdomen, love handles, inner thighs, saddlebags, muffin top and other areas a patient may desire. Dr. Holloway, Shannon and the entire Lifestyle team are committed to developing programs and adding new technologies in order to provide results their patients deserve. During a thorough and personalized initial consultation, you can discuss your expectations and the Lifestyle Solutions MedSpa staff can clearly outline the way CoolSculpting can help you.
CoolSculpting uses specially designed suction to target a specified area on the body and focus its cooling power. Patients relax in a heated bed with blankets surrounded in candles and gentle music and report little to no discomfort. Many take advantage of the cozy hour to catch up on work or read. Some patients even use their CoolSculpting time as an opportunity to nap. And recovery? While a little bruising and itching is normal, patients typically can return to their normal everyday activities immediately following the procedure. CoolSculpting guests can expect to walk in, relax and walk out an hour or two later feeling no worse for wear. For troublesome spots that won’t let go or for added definition following weight loss, Dr. Holloway and the staff of Lifestyle Solutions MedSpa believe CoolSculpting is the best natural and non-invasive answer.
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Your One-Stop to Better Health Dr. Devaiah Pagidipati has created the perfect one-stop health care center for the Ocala community with the stateof-the-art, 100,000-squarefoot Medicare Health Center.
revolutionary experience of health care awaits Ocala-area residents at the new Medicare Health Center on SW 17th Street. “This center will transform the experience of health care in Marion County,” says Dr. Devaiah Pagidipati, who founded MHC with his wife, Rudrama. “Health care in our country is confusing and disjointed. Let’s be honest—we have all had experiences that were less than we wanted, expected and, more importantly, deserved. We are going to change that.” Medicare Health Center is the dream of the two long-time health
providers in Ocala. Dr. Pagidipati (known as “Dr P.”) was one of the founders of Freedom Health and is an owner of Physician Partners. His wife, Rudrama, is a pathologist and the founder of Suncoast Labs. The two have worked in nearly every facet of health care, so they know how frustrating the health care maze can be. “We are lucky to have some of the best health care providers in the country here in Marion County,” says Dr. P. “Unfortunately, our patients have to make multiple appointments and travel across the county to see their doctors, pick up medicines or receive labs. Rather
than going to 10 different places, why can’t we have one location that addresses the most common chronic conditions. ” “We are partnering with the local primary care doctors to provide patients access to commonly used specialty services all under one roof. It’s more convenient, less confusing and just common sense,” He adds. Dr. P. says one in three people in the community are seniors, which amounts to roughly 100,000 people. Although the center is open to patients of all ages, he wanted to tailor the health care services for those that need it most—our senior
We are partnering with the local primary care doctors to provide patients access to commonly used specialty services all under one roof. It’s more convenient, less confusing and just common sense. —DR. DEVAIAH PAGIDIPATI
Dr. Devaiah Pagidipati and his wife, Rudrama
population. So how are they doing that, exactly? “We are building a senior community center where our patients can learn to manage their chronic conditions from community doctors, participate in social activities throughout the month and have access to an older, adult-focused gym and wellness center,” says Dr. P. MHC offers television, Internet access and space for games and socializing while patients wait for appointments or prescriptions. Inside, patients can sit on couches by a fireplace, relaxing while waiting for their appointment. A concierge desk, like those found in the best hotels, will greet patients and direct them to the right location. In the medical suites, patients will find quality health care that is unparalleled in Ocala. The radiology department will have state-ofthe-art MRIs, CT and mammography equipment, including some found nowhere else in Ocala.
“Women will have access to Marion County’s only 3-D mammography,” Dr. P says. Once MHC is complete, patients will be able to have outpatient surgery, cancer treatments, eye exams, dental exams and physical therapy all in one beautiful, convenient center. After an appointment, patients will be able to relax in the MHCafe, which features coffee, pastries and sandwiches. It’s the perfect way to pass the time waiting for a prescription or test results rather than sitting uncomfortably in a traditional waiting room. If a visitor needs help with Medicare, staff professionals are available to answer questions for them as well. Seeing patients as of this past August, MHC’s SupER Urgent Care facility boasts 29 exam rooms to cut down on patients’ wait times significantly with a guarantee of 10 minutes or less. Should they need further examination following their primary appointment, they need only walk down the hall. Having specialists, top-quality amenities and equipment under the same roof as urgent care makes quality patient care convenient. Also opening this month are the senior community center and conference area, endocrinology and, shortly thereafter, cardiology departments, on-site pharmacy, lab, dental and optometry and ophthalmology. Visit Medicare Health Center today and see how it can provide you better health care at an affordable cost. The center’s endocrinologists and cardiologists are already accepting patients, too. MHC is open 8am to 10pm on weekdays and 8am to 5pm on weekends to offer convenient appointment times for any schedule.
On November 6, Medicare Health Center will be hosting “The Medicare Expo,” where numerous health providers will be exhibiting the latest in health care developments and providing free health screenings. In addition, from October 5 to December 12, there will be morning and afternoon seminars educating seniors on Medicare Advantage Programs. “Ultimately, it’s all about better health,” says Dr. P. “Combine stateof-the-art equipment and facilities, top-notch physicians and social, educational and wellness activities with 5-star service, all coordinated by our primary care doctors, and we get the world-class health care that our community deserves.” Upcoming Events Nov. 6
The Medicare Expo • Free Screenings • Meet Local Health Care Providers Oct. 5 to Dec. 12
Medicare Advantage Seminars • Learn About Medicare Advantage Programs • Compare 2016 Medicare Advantage Beneﬁts
Medicare Health Center 1714 SW 17th Street, Ocala (352) 274-9900 gotomhc.com
With 55 million Americans enrolled in the federal insurance plan Medicare, annual open enrollment is more than just another date on the calendar, it is a time to make important changes that can affect not only your health care coverage but your pocketbook.
YOUR WAY THROUGH
BY JIM GIBSON When does Medicare open enrollment take place?
October 15 through December 7. Changes take effect on January 1, 2016.
Who’s affected? Persons already on traditional Medicare, a Medicare C Advantage Plan or those planning on enrolling
in Medicare Parts A and B before or during the open enrollment period.
What part of my Medicare can be affected? • • •
Traditional Medicare Parts A and B Medicare C Advantage Plans Medicare D Prescription Drug Plans
What are Traditional Medicare Parts A and B? Medicare Part A covers hospital visits and certain instances of stays in a skilled nursing facility or nursing home, certain home health needs and certain hospice needs. All persons on Medicare receive Part A benefits.
Medicare Part B covers medically necessary and preventive health services. This includes: doctor visits, ambulance services, lab tests, mental health services, surgery, durable medical equipment, second opinions before surgery and some prescriptions. Part B coverage is optional. There is an open enrollment period from January 1 through March 31 of each year for persons who don’t enroll when first applying for Medicare. There is a penalty if the applicant waits 12 months or more after first becoming eligible for Part B. The Part B monthly premium will increase 10 percent for each year they were eligible but didn’t enroll. Late applicants will be required to pay this penalty for as long as they have Part B coverage. If applicants postpone Part B coverage because they have “creditable” coverage
under a separate insurance policy through their employer or their spouse’s employer, this penalty is generally waived. Once this creditable coverage ends, they have eight months to apply for Part B coverage or risk paying a penalty. In 2016, Part B monthly premiums range from $104.90 for persons earning under $85,000 per year to $335.70 for persons earning $214,000 or more annually. Both Parts A and B only pay a limited amount on services rendered, and many traditional Medicare recipients also buy supplemental insurance plans (Medigap plans) to cover any costs Medicare doesn’t pay. Medigap plans, generally, can only be purchased during the six-month period that begins on the first day of the month in which the enrollee is both 65 or older and enrolled in Medicare Part B.
Sources: Understanding Medicare Part C and D Enrollment Periods, medicare.gov
What are Medicare C Advantage Plans? Medicare Advantage Plans are insurance plans offered by private carriers to persons who are eligible for both Parts A and B of traditional Medicare. These plans take the place of traditional Medicare coverage, and many offer dental, vision and drug plans that are not offered with traditional Medicare. These plans generally have a lower monthly premium than traditional Medicare, and all have a cap for annual out-of-pocket health costs. Many of these plans are HMOs or PPOs and require the enrollee to visit in-network providers or pay higher costs for out-of-network visits. Generally, persons with end-stage renal disease are not eligible to purchase Medicare C Advantage Plans. “Many times it may be advantageous to stay with
traditional Medicare and purchase a Medicare supplement instead of going with a Medicare Advantage Plan,” says Shawn McElfresh of The Nation Group in Ocala. “Advantage plans can have limitations. Because most are HMOs, the insured is required to choose only local doctors and only those physicians included in that particular plan. With traditional Medicare and a supplement you can visit a specialist anywhere in the country and still have full coverage, so you have a bit more flexibility.”
What are Medicare D Prescription Drug Plans? Medicare D stand-alone prescription drug plans are provided by private insurance carriers and require a monthly premium. Plans generally have deductibles that must be met and copays for each prescription purchased. These plans cover a list of prescribed medications called a formulary. Each formulary has different tiers of drugs that cost different amounts. Lower tiered drugs generally have lower costs.
Advantage Plan or for persons on a Medicare Advantage Plan to change back to traditional Medicare or to a different Medicare Advantage Plan,” says McElfresh. Because different plans have different monthly premiums and offer vastly different coverages, it can be financially beneficial to persons with certain medical conditions and needs to purchase the plan best suited for their situation. Advantages to Medicare Advantage Plans could be: lower premiums, a cheaper prescription drug plan than Medicare D, cheaper premiums than traditional Medicare plus Medigap coverage and lower coinsurance costs. It is imperative that plans be carefully scrutinized before making any changes. “A person’s general health can help determine what choice to make when it comes to deciding to go with an Advantage Plan or traditional Medicare and a supplement,” says McElfresh. There is a Medicare C disenrollment period from January 1, 2016 through February 14, 2016. During this time period you may switch from your Medicare Advantage Plan back to traditional Medicare. Your traditional Medicare coverage will begin the first day of the month following your change. If you make this change, you have until February 14 to add Medicare D Prescription Drug coverage. No other types of changes can be made during this time period.
Medicare D Stand-Alone Prescription Drug Plans During open enrollment you can add, drop or change Medicare D prescription drug coverage. Prescription drug plans can change significantly from year to year, so if you presently have a Medicare D plan, it is imperative to check whether your plan will still be adequate for your needs and is still the best buy for your money. Plans, formularies, deductibles and costs can be compared on the Medicare Plan Finder at medicare.gov.
What Is Open Enrollment And How Does It Affect Me? Traditional Medicare and Medicare C “Open enrollment is a once-a-year chance for persons on traditional Medicare to change to a Medicare
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Trinity Healthcare Medical Center is leading Ocala into the future of medicine using education, prevention and empowerment.
Dr. Kuhn and Dr. Olivia in their “President” theme exam room
What Does The FUTURE OF HEALTH CARE Look Like?
r. David Kuhn, M.D., founded Trinity Healthcare Medical Center to combat the methodology of what he calls “old-fashioned medicine,” reflexively treating patients’ illnesses with prescription after prescription. “For the last 50 years, medical training for doctors has focused largely on the use of pharmaceutical interventions and drugs as the primary treatment of an illness or health condition,” he explains. “It is generally the same education that every M.D. receives. However, to me, modern medicine requires more than just a refill at your local pharmacy. It starts with developing a trusting relationship with your patient. There are certainly conditions that will require medications, but I believe that it is imperative to take the time to address a patient’s level of emotional stress, and its impact on their physical health and well-being. I feel that patient care is compromised and incomplete unless you adopt a more
holistic approach to your practice of medicine.” “The focus must shift toward prevention and the basic care and maintenance of the human body,” says Dr. Christina Oliva, DNP, ARNP-C. “If we listen to our body and treat it well, it will treat us well.” “Only 10 to 20 percent of people need to be on medications because science has yet to provide us with an alternative that is effective in treating their condition,” Dr. Kuhn says. “The majority of patients, if willing, can restore their body’s health and vitality through the integration of proper nutrition, exercise and stress management. It wasn’t until I began practicing independently that I realized what authentic health really meant.” When you walk through the doors of Trinity, it becomes apparent that a patient’s experience will transcend far beyond any conventional doctor’s office visit that consists of diagnoses and prescriptions. From the lobby and
beyond, Trinity looks nothing like your typical white, sterile medical office, thanks to their warm décor and gentle lighting. The doctors do not use computers in the exam rooms, as they prefer face-to-face interactions with everyone they treat. “You’re going to find that your fears are heard and questions are answered,” says Dr. Oliva. “Your concerns regarding your health, no matter how complex or vague, will be investigated. I want to make sure every avenue is explored and that I do everything in my power to help you.” “We like to take the opportunity to empower patients to be their own cure,” agree Dr. Kuhn and Dr. Oliva. “It’s important to know how the human body works and that it has an innate ability to heal itself. A natural approach to medicine, to me, is returning a person’s lifestyle to the way a human body was designed to live. I’m working on behalf of a person’s body. Patients must be fully educated about their
condition so they can make truly informed decisions about their care. If a patient does not have a thorough understanding about their symptoms or condition, we have not done our job as a medical team. No one wants to be sick, and every day we are given an opportunity to choose health. If you treat the person and not the disease, you always win.” “It used to be that doctors would make a house call, so they would gain invaluable insight into a person’s environment and way of life. It’s impossible to do that anymore, but it’s not impossible to truly get to know your patients. It’s about asking the right questions and, more importantly, listening to your patients answers,” Dr. Kuhn says. Trinity Healthcare isn’t only affecting change in Ocala. Dr. Oliva recently received the 2015 Barbara Lumpkin Advocacy Award. This prestigious award was granted for her commitment to expanding nurse practitioners’ rights and the
improvement of health care for patients across the state of Florida. “This is a huge honor,” Dr. Oliva says. “I’m very humbled to be given this award by the Florida Nurses Association. I just hope people watch my film.” Dr. Oliva hopes the award garners attention for her documentary, Florida Nurse Practitioners: Activating Advocacy for Change. Florida is the most restrictive state for nurse practitioners. “Unnecessary restrictions and outdated legislation are costing tax payers millions of dollars,” she says. “There are counties in our state that currently have no practicing medical doctors, and it is the patients who are suffering. To date, there is no evidence that validates the restrictions imposed on nurse practitioners. They are excellent medical providers and have proven their value to the future of health care.” Dr. Kuhn and Dr. Oliva want everyone in the community to know they are welcome to make an appointment at the center, no matter their preferred method of treatment. “I’m a medical doctor, not a naturopath, but I do fall somewhere in the middle,” Dr. Kuhn explains. “I practice a blend of traditional,
evidence-based medicine along with functional medicine to identify the root causes of a disease. I focus on nutrition, stress, exercise education, stress management and emotional health.” His efforts to improve his patients’ lives have not gone unnoticed. Dr. Kuhn was given the “Compassionate Doctor Award” from vitals.com.
“More than being just welcome, patients here will be remembered and cared for even when they’re not in the office being seen,” Dr. Oliva says. “I am someone who genuinely cares for my patients. When you come see me, and you walk out, I think about you. I think about you when I’m at home or when your labs or imaging come in. I consider it a privilege to be trusted with someone’s health;
Trinity Healthcare Medical Center provides numerous services, including:
it’s a very big responsibility that I do not take lightly.” Many patients can attest to the difficulty of finding compassionate doctors, but at Trinity, they can have two. Dr. Oliva and Dr. Kuhn see many of the same patients and often collaborate on the best possible treatment plan. They could not do this alone. Candace Norton, the practice administrator, is instrumental in ensuring the best possible patient care. She manages an exceptional team of medical assistants, referral specialists and front desk staff that operate with exceptional work ethic and patient advocacy. Trinity Healthcare Medical Center also focuses on accessibility, usually securing patients an appointment within 24 hours. Patient phone calls are always returned, and their medications are promptly filled upon request. Dr. Kuhn says it’s part of making Trinity Healthcare Medical Center feel like home and helping patients achieve their highest quality of life. “We genuinely enjoy helping people,” he says. “We find nothing more rewarding than making them smile when we have helped guide them out of a dark place. How could we ask for more than that?”
• Primary and internal medicine • Family medicine • Functional medicine • Adolescent medicine • Weight management solutions • Nutrition counseling • Women’s health
Trinity Healthcare Medical Center 2437 E Fort King Street, Ocala (352) 512-0000 thcmc.com
If you’re interested in viewing Dr. Oliva’s ﬁlm, Florida Nurse Practitioners: Activating Advocacy for Change, you can ﬁnd it at vimeo.com/125104141.
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Passion and nostalgia combine as the driving force behind an ever-growing car-collecting craze.
Written By C ynthia
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lassic car enthusiasts definitely know what it’s
like to fall in love, even though the focus of their affection is an inanimate object. They’re passionate, inspired and detail-oriented. They put their money where their hearts are, and they’re proud of it. They don’t mind admitting that nostalgia plays a role in their obsession, but in a world where so much is unpredictable and disturbing, that’s not hard to understand. “What makes a car ‘collectible’ is not as much about the car as about how you feel when you’re around it. You’re relaxed and in the moment, not thinking about the troubles of the world,” says John Duggan, an avid car collector, restoration buff and founder of The Ocala Pumpkin Run, a classic car show and fall festival. “Nostalgia has a lot to do with it. Everyone wants a piece of their past. People tend to think yesterday was better than today, so they relate neat cars with good memories,” says Duggan. “I know someone who collects station wagons. You might ask, ‘Why?’, but it’s all about what people grew up with. They remember going to the beach with the family or going to the drive-in with a date.” “I remember when I was 12 years old, washing my brother’s 1970 Corvette coupe before he went out on a date,” recalls Peter Bartlett, operations director of The Ocala Pumpkin Run, who spent 35 years managing large auto dealerships. “Back in that era, if you had one of those, it was ‘the bomb.’” “Many people collect cars as art,” adds Duggan. “Once you look at cars that way, you won’t look at them the same again.” “A lot of people enjoy the beauty of a classic car. It takes you back to when those cars were made,” says Brittanie Hart, who agrees that nostalgia is part of the appeal. Brittanie and her husband, Josh, own Burnyzz American Classic Horsepower in Ocala. Burnyzz has a 17,000-square-foot showroom of classic and collectible vehicles, plus a full-service repair and body shop. At any given time, the shop has 60 or more classic cars available for sale; customers often ask them to find a specific car. As Brittanie explains, part of what makes collecting so exciting is that no two cars are identical… even if they’re the same make and model. “Every car is so unique. You can put one ’55 Bel Air next to another and they’ll be different. People also do a lot to make classic cars like new, such as putting in power steering and power brakes, even a new engine. You can do just about anything to customize them.”
FERE F I D E H T S ’ WHAT
There’s not one set set-in-stone in stone definition. According to IBISWorld’s Classic Car Dealers market research report:
A car is either a foreign- or U.S.-made vehicle that was manufactured more than 25 years ago and is no longer in production. An car is defined as a vehicle manufactured more than 45 years ago.
According to the Classic Car Club of America, only cars built between 1925 and 1948 can be considered “ ,” but many states license cars older than 20 to 25 years old as .
The Antique Automobile Club of America states that any car over 45 years old is an , whereas cars are those between 25 and 45 years old.
One thing that can be agreed upon is that a classic car is one that has appreciated in value over time. If enough people want one and the car is hard to find, it’s not unusual for a car’s value to increase as much as 100 times its original selling price.
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Pa ssion B e h ind Th e Pursu i t
P r ominent car collector and enthusiast
Jay Leno says any car can be a collector car… if you collect it. It may not be rare, but if it puts a smile on your face and it’s fun to drive, you may only have to spend a few thousand dollars to take home a little bit of history you can enjoy working on. Leno may be a celebrity, but for him—and many other collectors—much of the appeal is uncovering the story behind the car. He likens the hunt for a classic car with the plot in a Harlequin novel. Dreaming about what might be and the potential of uncovering a “diamond in the rough” inspire many a collector, just like a woman reader turning the pages of a romance novel, eager for the happily-ever-after ending. A great story might actually be the deal maker or breaker for buying the car. He once bought a 1951 Hudson Hornet from a widow in her 90s. The car had been the only vehicle she and her husband had owned. When Leno walked into the garage, it was obvious that the car, which had over 260,000 miles on it, was worn out, from a mechanical
Indulge your classic car fantasy with some online “window shopping” at classiccars.com. A recent search turned up everything from a rare “barn “barn-find” original 1957 Porsche 356A Speedster with only 50,300 miles on the chassis to an original “pony car,” a 1966 Ford Mustang Convertible with C code 200 horse 289 V-8 engine.
perspective. But physically it was all there and intact; every receipt had been saved in the glove compartment. Leno bought the Hornet but says he was really buying the story more than the actual car. Car collectors come from all walks of life and professions. Lifelong friendships are often created between people who don’t have anything else in common but their love of cars. As Duggan puts it, “one collector may be a doctor who buys a car, while the other is a mechanic who builds his from scratch, but they both have a classic car.” For Fred Lambes of High Springs, Florida, cars are not just a passion. They’ve been his entire career. From his first job as a young teen pumping gas, Lamb worked his way up to working in a body shop, becoming a mechanic and eventually owning his own auto repair business. He owned and operated Tom’s Cars
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used car lot in Ocala with partner Tom Hemingway for 25 years. The business closed in January of this year after Hemingway passed away and Lambes retired. “I’ve worked on cars since I was 15 years old,” says Lambes, whose pride and joy is a ’55 Chevrolet Bel Air he bought in 2008 and spent over three years restoring. “It was just a rolling chassis and body when I bought it. There was no engine. I enjoy making things better than they originally were, and what’s better to do that with than an older vehicle that didn’t have the technology of today?” Lambes prefers to restore and modernize, something collectors refer to as “resto-mod.” The original ’55 Bel Air didn’t have cruise control or air-conditioning, but Lambes’s does now. “I stripped it down and started from scratch. It has all the
creature comforts of today but the look and feel of the ’50s,” explains Lambes. “I’m all about extreme attention to detail. The best thing about restoring an old car is the satisfaction it gives me, and I also like taking them to shows.” Lambes’ latest project is a ’69 Chevy half-ton step-side pick-up truck, a vehicle he remembers driving as a kid. And yes, the story behind it was part of the appeal. “This truck was originally a fleet vehicle for a nuclear test site in Nevada. There was only one other in-between owner, so I’m just the third owner,” he grins. “When you’re looking for a classic car, you look for one with a good foundation. The best place to start is a state where there’s no snow, so there’s no rust. Arizona, Nevada, Texas and California tend to be good states to buy cars from.”
Fr ed Lambes
Put A Little Muscle B e h ind It E ven i f you ’ r e not a c ollector,
you’ve likely heard the term “muscle car,” some of the automotive world’s most soughtafter collectibles. The original muscle cars were sexy and sharp with plenty of chrome and far more engine than necessary. Typically produced between 1965 and 1973, they boasted a mid-sized, wide-profile frame with a gas-guzzling V8. These Americanmade cars were two-door sports coupes that delivered a high-performance driving experience. Classic examples include the Dodge Charger, Chevrolet Corvette, Pontiac GTO, Buick GS, Chevrolet Chevelle and Pontiac Trans AM. To give an idea of just how popular muscle cars were when they first hit the market, Pontiac hoped to sell 5,000 of their new GTOs in 1964 but ended up selling 32,450. Ford debuted the Mustang in 1965 and sold close to 1.5 million models in just two years. (Purists may argue that the pony car isn’t a true muscle car, but no one can doubt its popularity.) The muscle car era was short-lived, a fact that adds to the cars’ cult status and collectibility today. Leaded gas was banned in 1973, and the federal government got tough on emission controls. Also in 1973, the OPEC oil embargo dramatically affected gas prices and availability. Insurance premiums also jumped due to the vehicles’ excessive horsepower. “Back in the muscle car days, fuel economy wasn’t an issue,” notes automotive technician Matt Gibbs, who has owned Sonrise Automotive in Ocala for 20 years. He also hosts a call-in radio show, Auto Repair with Personal Care, every Monday on The Source (96.3FM, 1370AM). “It wasn’t until the 1980s that the federal government stepped in and mandated that auto manufacturers had to get a certain across-the-board fuel economy.” Gibbs explains that this doesn’t mean every vehicle made by the manufacturer has to get that specific number of miles per gallon. (If that was the case, Chevy would have had to retire the Corvette.) What it means is that the average mileage of all combined models made by the manufacturer has to meet the fuel requirements. Using Chevrolet as an example, Gibbs explained that the manufacturer added the Chevette to their line. Although it was a fairly low-end car, it was efficient and got high mileage, which allowed the company to continue making the Corvette, although that model couldn’t come close to meeting the mileage mandates. Chevy knew enough customers would want the sports car, despite its fondness for fuel. Several positive things came out of those government mandates, Gibbs adds. “It caused the three major U.S. auto manufacturers, and others around the world, to step up and start thinking outside the box. Cars became safer and more efficient, so that’s been good for both consumers and manufacturers.”
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Ch a ng e I s In Th e A ir
Se e m s th e “ bi g t h re e ” Am er ica n au t o m a k e rs have finally
realized drivers want more than safety and good mileage. They want to feel something for their cars. That doesn’t mean a complete revival of the muscle car era, but some of the best things about those cars can be seen on today’s newest models. “A huge trend now is that the big three motor companies have realized there’s a market for classic car looks, and they’re bringing muscle back into our lives,” says Duggan. "Over the last 10 years, millions have been spent on classic cars, and the manufacturers took note of that. Now they’re going back to curvy lines and high horsepower. Manual shifts are coming back big time, and meatier tires are also coming back in style. Air scoops are becoming functional again, and air grabber hoods are coming back. A lot of things have come full circle again because they worked. “The Mustang of today looks a lot like a ’66 Mustang of yesterday,” adds Duggan. “The pony car has changed like crazy over the last three decades, but suddenly, it looks like it did 30 years ago. You can get the appeal of an old car but with the reliability of a new vehicle.” “My dream is to have a Dodge Challenger, but I don’t want a Challenger from the ‘60s or ‘70s,” remarks Gibbs. “I want one from today because it has the look from the classic Challenger but all the technology of what’s going in cars today.” Gibbs adds that modernizing classic cars is popular among folks like Lambes who are currently restoring them.
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“These guys who put all the time and effort into restoring these classic cars are putting the new technology in them, like taking an old car that had a carburetor and restoring it with fuel injection.” As someone who makes a living working on vehicles, Gibbs finds the advancement in technology over the past decades nothing short of incredible. “It started with a horse and a buggy. Look how far we’ve come in just 100 years, in just a few generations. It makes you wonder where we’ll be in the next 100 years. Will it be, ‘Beam me up, Scottie,’ like in Star Trek?” Cars with on-board computers didn’t come out until the mid-1980s. Although it’s been said that older cars are easier to work on because they aren’t computerized, Gibbs points out that this doesn’t mean early models were necessarily simplistic. “One of my customers has an all-original ’55 Ford Fairlane he brought into the shop. The manufacturer used a vacuum motor to operate the windshield wipers, which wasn’t very efficient but was still very technical. It took a lot of effort to make those windshield wipers work! I enjoy seeing how the engineers and manufacturers thought over 50 years ago.” (For the record, in the process of restoring this particular car, Gibbs and the owner did away with the antiquated vacuum system, replacing it with an electric motor.)
$22 million and more attendees than ever in the history of the event, the auction set multiple records. Over people attended the three-day three weekend event, during which 526 vehicles were auctioned. Among the eye eye-popping sales was an ’87 Buick Grand National GNX that went for $165,000 and “Herbie,” the movie car, brought $126,500, setting a world record as the highest price ever paid for a Volkswagen Beetle.
Oca l a Pu mp k i n R u n Bi g g e r Th a n Eve r
As th e a n n ua l Oca l a P um pkin R un 3-Day Fall Festival and Classic
Car Show prepares for its fifth year, organizers say the three-day event has at least doubled in size. Thanks to the great Halloween-themed Family-Fun Area, live music, food and entertainment, the atmosphere is that of a festival, not just a car show. “It’s good, wholesome family fun all day with something for everyone,” says event founder John Duggan. “We even have the Chainsaw Chix, and Champion Disc-Connected Dogs, and this year we’re adding BMX Trickstars. The whole event has a festival feeling, so even if you can’t relate to the cars, you can still relate to something else at the festival.” You’ll see cars easily worth half a million dollars, but you’ll also see those worth just a couple thousand. And it’s not just the fancy cars that get all the attention. There’s even a “car corral” with cars for sale, and you won’t have to take a second mortgage out on your house if you’re in the mood to take one home. For lovers of classic cars, the event is about more than just the cars themselves. “A car can be priceless to someone because the sentimental value is far above the actual street value,” says Gibbs. “Car collectors enjoy each other’s company, and everyone has a great time getting together. It’s a family thing. Many awesome relationships are built this way.”
Wa n t To G o?
The Ocala Pumpkin Run October 23-25 @ Castro Farms 7700 NW Hwy 27, Ocala (west of I-75) Gates open daily 8am-4pm
$12 per day, Children 11 and under free Military discount with ID $10 per day Free parking (courtesy of Classic Collectors Insurance)
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DUNNELLON PICKIN’ PATCH FRIDAYS THROUGH SUNDAYS UNTIL OCTOBER 25
ick the perfect pumpkin from the patch owned by Steven and Andrea Dixon and Sarah and Scott Thomas. They grow a variety of pumpkins for families to pick, and Sarah Thomas shares more about their patch and what you can look forward to. HOW BIG IS THE PATCH? At the Pickin’ Patch, we offer a 13acre, u-pick-off-the-vine pumpkin patch with multiple varieties of pumpkins, including our beautiful white pumpkins, along with a variety of gourds and a sunflower patch. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE A PUMPKIN TO GROW? This depends greatly on the variety of
CENTRAL FLORIDA FALL HARVEST & PEANUT FESTIVAL Heritage Park, Williston
ere’s a place the whole family can go nuts. Taste and buy all kinds of peanuts, including boiled, baked, roasted or fried. Meet Mr. Peanut, ride the rides, enjoy live music and browse the arts and crafts displays. willistonfl.com or (352) 528-5552.
MOTOR MANIA pumpkin, the soil type and weather conditions but averages between 90 and 120 days. WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT THE PATCH? As farmers of other commercial crops, it is a nice change to have the u-pick operation where you get to see families come and enjoy the fruits of your labor instead of packing the produce on a semi and shipping it across the country. A tremendous amount of work goes into growing this crop, and it is fun to see the kids grab their wagons with great anticipation of finding their perfect pumpkin. ANY TIPS OR TRICKS TO PICKING THE PERFECT PUMPKIN? Pumpkins are like people, incredibly unique. Some like the perfectly shaped ones while others prefer those with lumps and bumps. We try to grow multiple varieties of different shapes, sizes and colors, so there is something that will appeal to everyone.
WANT TO GO? dunnellonpumpkinpatch.com (352) 533-4344
9TH ANNUAL GM OKTOBERFEST Silver Springs State Park, Ocala
ll kinds of General Motors’ cars will fill the park for a day of family and automotive fun. Vote for cars by ballot, and stay for the awards ceremony. silversprings.com or (352) 261-5840.
GROOVY GOOD TIME
Druid Hills United Methodist Church, Ocala
DRUID HILLS PUMPKIN PATCH, OCALA
ick from thousands of pumpkins this year at the Druid Hills United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch. Admission is free, and storytelling sessions are offered for groups of preschoolers from 9:30-11:30am Monday through Friday. druidhillsocala.org or (352) 629-5688.
his weekend will be filled with food trucks, a cupcake war bake-off and ‘60s music to keep things groovin’. And, if you’re not already in a fall mood, you will be after the festival’s costume contest. cooterfestival.com or (352) 726-2611.
JEEPTOBERFEST Market of Marion, Belleview
Photo courtesy of city of Inverness
ring your Jeep, whether it’s modified, stock or extreme, and take it down the off-road course. Then, join the party of bounce houses, face painting and vendors. ocalajeepclub.com.
MCINTOSH 1890S FESTIVAL McIntosh
Photo by Joe Elliott
tep back in time as you take in the streets of McIntosh. More than 250 artists and vendors will be featured, and the historic Old Train Depot will be open for exploring. friendsofmcintosh.org or (352) 591-4038.
RIDES FOR ALL
BLESSED TRINITY CARNIVAL
Citizens’ Circle, Ocala elebrate racial harmony and cultural awareness during the annual One Ocala One America week. The week’s fun activities include a musical performance and dinner at Marion Technical Institute, a night just for kids at the Ed Croskey Recreation Center, a movie at Citizens’ Circle and the Ocala Cultural Festival. The festival begins with a ColorFoam 5K and features international foods, music and crafts. ocalafl.org or (352) 368-5517.
CULTURAL DIVERSITY OCALA CULTURAL FESTIVAL
GREAT AMERICAN COOTER FESTIVAL
Blessed Trinity Church and School, Ocala
n estimated 40,000 people attend this carnival each year. And, with approximately 30 rides, dinners by local restaurants and delicious carnival food, it’s easy to see why. btcarnival.org or (352) 622-5808. Photo by Vicki Ehlers
49TH ANNUAL OCALA ARTS FESTIVAL Downtown Ocala
troll through Ocala’s biggest art celebration of the year. Browse collectables, gifts and exhibits, and let the kids have fun with activities just for them. Listen to music and entertainment on two downtown stages, and find food options for all types of eaters. fafo.org or (352) 867-0355.
OCALA PUMPKIN RUN
oin the locals in Micanopy for a festival brimming with artists, crafters and musicians. Admire more than 200 art displays, and hang out by the main stage for good ol’ tunes and an auction. micanopyfallfestival.org or (352) 466-7026.
34TH DOWNTOWN FESTIVAL AND ART SHOW Downtown Gainesville
QUAINT AND CULTURAL 19TH ANNUAL SPANISH SPRINGS ART AND CRAFT FESTIVAL Spanish Springs town square, The Villages
xplore Spanish Springs and the art this festival offers. Dine out at a fine restaurant, catch a movie or see the live entertainment before you head home. artfestival.com.
MUSIC AND EATS
HARVESTFEST 2015 Tuscawilla Park, Ocala
his year, the Feel Downtown LIVE HarvestFest brings together a variety of music, entertainment and food options. You’ll get to hear several genres of music from local performing artists and a final performance by national artist Blackberry Smoke. Grab a bite to eat from an assortment of food trucks, take advantage of the beer garden and explore lots of different vendors. feeldowntownlive.com or (352) 629-8220.
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Southeastern Livestock Pavilion, Ocala
orsepower alone will make this weekend an exciting one, with monster truck rides, a NASCAR simulator, horses from the Marion County Therapeutic Riding Association, and classic and custom car shows. But, the live music, pumpkin patch, helicopter landing, tractor hayrides, magic show, obstacle courses, bounce houses and slides make this weekend one that everyone will enjoy! ocalapumpkinrun.com or (352) 620-9998.
MARION COUNTY’S 34TH ANNUAL CHILI COOK-OFF
41ST MICANOPY FALL FESTIVAL
Castro Farms, Ocala
ample nearly 40 varieties of chili crafted by culinary aficionados from near and far. Enjoy live entertainment by The Band 4Play, and vote for the best looking booth and the best tasting chili. If you’re not a chili fan, come out for the wide assortment of baked goods at the concession stand and make your way to the children’s area for bounce houses and games the whole family will love. thecornerstoneschool.org.
SMALL TOWN FEST
Photo by Michael Morris
his award-winning art festival will transform downtown Gainesville, delighting art-lovers with performances, art displays, culinary offerings and an Imagination Station for the kids. Though it began as a small arts festival, it has grown into a nationally recognized event. The festival weekend kicks off with the Downtown Blues Concert at 7pm on Friday. gvlculturalaffairs.org or (352) 393-8536.
FARM CITY FESTIVAL Marion County 4-H Farm Agri-Science Center, Ocala
t’s an afternoon full of farm fun for the whole family with a kiddie corral, scavenger hunt, egg toss, live herding dog show, music, a farmers market and more. Kids get to make butter and can color a picture of a horse, too. ftboa.com.
OFF TO THE RACES
INVERNESS GRAND PRIX Inverness
classic car cruise-in kicks off the weekend, followed by a Big Engine band concert. Wake up the next day to a car show and kart races. Then, head downtown for a meet and greet with the drivers and after parties at the local pubs and restaurants. invernessgrandprix.com.
Looking at her arm, Rebekah knows she’s strong. We see that she’s also unlike anyone else. No two alike. That’s the truth about scars — and the individuals who wear them. It’s also how we believe in practicing medicine at UF Health. Rebekah Gaudet had her whole life ahead of her when she was diagnosed with aggressive bone cancer. Her team of doctors created a plan just for her, stopping the cancer — and saving her arm. Today, Rebekah’s scar reminds her of her strength and the unique plan that changed everything. Seeing no two stories alike is how we move medicine forward. Watch them for yourself at NoTwoAlike.org.
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WINE AND DINE
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THROUGH NOVEMBER 16
SCOTT’S MAZE ADVENTURES AND CORN MAZE Long & Scott Farms, Mount Dora
SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS, OCTOBER 3-NOVEMBER 13
WHEN WAS THE CORN MAZE MADE? HOW BIG IS IT? We did our
WHAT OTHER ACTIVITIES CAN PEOPLE ENJOY AT LONG & SCOTT FARMS? Other activities include a 60-foot super slide, a small zip line for kids, a jumping pillow, a Labyrinth/rock maze, a rope maze, a mist maze, a playground (with a new section just for preschoolers), a huge
tire sand pile and a 3-acre tree maze in the shape of an ear of corn.
WEEKENDS OCTOBER 9-NOVEMBER 1
eed the cows, jump over giant hay bales in the obstacle course, ride the farm train, play putt-putt in the pasture, pick sunflowers or pumpkins, slide the 50foot burlap sack slide and get lost in the corn maze. And, if that’s not enough, visit Nana’s Country Store for homemade ice cream, jam, baked goods and concessions. Admission is $10, but kids 3 and under are free. coonhollocornmaze.com or (352) 318-9258.
ander through paintings, ceramics, clothing, photography, shops and cafes just minutes from the ocean in downtown Delray Beach. Let the sun go down, and enjoy cocktails and dinner beachside or streetside. artfestival.com or (561) 746-6615.
TASTE OF GREECE
ST. AUGUSTINE GREEK FESTIVAL
longandscottfarms.com (352) 383-6900.
21ST ANNUAL DOWNTOWN DELRAY BEACH CRAFT FESTIVAL
WANT TO GO?
COON HOLLO CORN MAZE
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE FALL SEASON AT LONG & SCOTT FARMS? Working with young kids who come out wide-eyed when they see the hay wagon and the playground. They give you a hug just because they are so excited to be there.
Francis Field, St. Augustine
Photo courtesy of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Members
first corn maze in 2003, hoping to bring more people out to the farm. It is 7 acres; we divide it into 6 acres for the big maze and use one acre for the “mini maze.”
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aste your way through a world of food and drink offerings at the 20th Annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Celebrate the festival’s 20th year by tasting a bottle of its very own wine and purchasing a commemorative festival cookbook. Try 20 new food and beverage items, attend the Party for the Senses each Saturday this month, dress up for the Yelloween Masquerade Party on Halloween and party at the Rockin’ Burger Block Party on October 8 and November 6. disneyworld.disney.go.com.
FAMILY FARM FUN
ong & Scott Farms was founded in 1963 and drew 5,000 people to the farm when they created their first corn maze. The daughter of one of the founders, Rebecca Ryan, jumped on board to manage the corn maze, and they now have approximately 30,000 visitors each fall. Ryan shares more about Scott’s Maze Adventures and what to expect this year.
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nown for its authentic food and live entertainment, the St. Augustine Greek Festival also hosts a large arts and crafts fair. The kids’ area features a rock-climbing wall, games, rides, facepainting and more. So, pack up the car and bring the whole family for a fun, Greek experience. Susan Stone of the St. Augustine Greek Festival Publicity Committee shares more about this year’s festival. WHEN AND HOW DID THE FESTIVAL BEGIN? We began holding our first St. Augustine Greek Festival
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18 years ago. Our festival provides an opportunity to celebrate St. Augustine’s Greek Heritage and is still our major yearly fundraiser for Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church.
A BIKER’S BEACH
BIKETOBERFEST Daytona Beach
RATTLESNAKE FESTIVAL San Antonio
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ART IN THE PARK
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ocated just outside of Tampa, San Antonio’s famed Rattlesnake Festival draws big crowds each year for the gopher tortoise races and reptile shows. Pick a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, browse unique antiques, admire classic cars, grab a bite to eat at the local pizza place and explore the farmers market before you leave. rattlesnakefestival.com or (352) 588-4444.
42ND ANNUAL WINTER PARK AUTUMN ART FESTIVAL
ON SEAHORSE KEY
Photo by Brion Price Photography
isual art exclusively by Florida artists will be displayed along the sidewalk in Central Park of downtown Winter Park. Take a stroll through the art and catch the live entertainment, children’s activities and more. facebook.com/autumnartfestival or (407) 644-8281.
46TH ANNUAL CEDAR KEY SEAFOOD FESTIVAL OCTOBER 17-18
he historical little town of Cedar Key is the second oldest in Florida. Explore Seahorse Key, a little island three miles off the coast of Cedar Key, and try a few farm-raised clams along with other local seafood. This festival hosts skilled artists and their impressive works, as well as live bluegrass and banjo entertainment. cedarkey.org or (352) 543-5600.
PUMPKINS AND PIES
SARASOTA PUMPKIN FESTIVAL Sarasota
ick a pumpkin from the patch, wind your way through the maze, win the pie-eating contest and go on a hayride. From street performers to carnival rides, this weekend will be full of fall fun. sarasotapumpkinfestival.com.
STREET FAIR MOUNT DORA CRAFT FAIR Downtown Mount Dora
ne of the largest arts and crafts fairs in the area, the Mount Dora Craft Fair hosts artists and vendors from all over the country. Step off the streets into the side shops and cafes for dinner and other quaint finds. mountdoracraftfair.com or (352) 217-8390.
COUNTRY BLUES FEST
RIVERHAWK MUSIC FESTIVAL Sertoma Youth Ranch, Brooksville
amp out and roast marshmallows to the sound of 20 national and local bands, including The Chris Knight Band, The Brothers Comatose and Bill Blue Revue. With roots rock, zydeco, blues and newgrass music, you’ll be kicking your boots and singing along in no time. Want to get in on the action? Volunteer and get day passes for free! lindentertainment.com or (863) 984-8445.
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WHAT TYPE OF VENDORS PARTICIPATE? We have a large number of vendors that participate that offer a variety of items, including Greek items, jewelry, pottery, photography, visual art, clothing and accessories, crafts, gifts and more.
oin the Bike Week tradition and cruise along the coast, making stops on the beach along the way. Choose one of four main rides, and end the day at any of several restaurants and bars. Don’t have a bike? Head to Daytona for the sand and surf, and join the crowds for a fun week. daytonabeach.com.
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WHAT KIND OF GREEK ENTERTAINMENT AND FOOD ARE FEATURED THERE? We have a live band, The Hellenic Band, which plays all three days of the festival, as well as regularly scheduled performances from traditionally dressed Greek folk dancers. We also offer free Greek dance lessons! We offer a large variety of food and kid-friendly fare.
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uests can choose from 200 films from 35 countries. But, that’s not all. This film festival is full of parties and themed evenings. Regular screenings are $10, special screenings are $15 and evening events and parties range from $45 to $200. fliff.com or (954) 760-9898.
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rowse two-dimensional and three-dimensional art competing for the Best In Show award. Then, head over to the food court full of seafood. Explore the historic district, buy souvenirs and enter a variety of fun raffles. homosassaseafoodfestival.org or (352) 628-9333.
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n underwater party of bubbles, pumpkin fish and sea fairies give children a Halloween party they won’t forget. Kids can create sea-themed arts and crafts, dance with the sea fairies and go trick or treating in the underwater “fantasea.” This family-friendly event is included with park admission. seaworldparks.com.
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aunted houses and lurking creatures are waiting for you at Busch Gardens. Walk the streets at your own risk, ride rollercoasters in the dark and watch eerie performances. Bring your friends (and your courage) and have a spooky, fun time. seaworldparks.com.
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alk on down the BrickOr-Treat Trail, build Lego creations and witness the largest Jack ‘O Lantern in the world. Come dressed for the costume contest, but don’t let the haunted scavenger hunt scare you! florida.legoland.com.
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rick-or-treat for hidden candies in the not-so-scary park where all of your favorite Disney characters will appear in costumes and the Headless Horseman will lead the parade. Watch Disney villains put on a fireworks show, and celebrate with Mickey at the end of the night! disneyworld.disney. go.com.
he German, beer-guzzling, brat-munching tradition of Oktoberfest has become a celebration all over the world. Its history dates back to a royal, German marriage on October 12, 1810. The prince and princess invited the German citizens of Munich to attend the royal event, celebrating in front of the palace gates with, you guessed it, a bunch of beer. Though the origin of this celebration is credited to the hitching of two royals more than two centuries ago, as with all textbook history, it’s not exactly the whole story. The late 18th century came with many developments, including the use of bottom fermenting yeast to make beer. This new lager beer had to be brewed in cooler weather, so fall was deemed the perfect season to brew lager, and October became the ideal month to celebrate the news of drinking it again. Celebrate food, beer, culture and history at Oktoberfest celebrations throughout the state.
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Tanque anque Verde Guest Ranch in Tucson, Arizona, is a horse-loverâ€™s dream vacation. By Cynthia McFarland
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or me, home has always been Tucson, Arizona, where I spent the first two decades of my life. When I decided to vacation in my hometown this to past winter, I was determined to do it right. That meant staying at the historic Tanque Verde Guest Ranch (TVGR), which has earned the distinction of being one of the country’s top guest ranch resorts. When I lived in Tucson, the ranch was always a great spot for a special dinner or a celebratory event, but I’d never stayed there as a guest. I wasn’t going home to Tucson to recapture the past but rather to enjoy the area as a tourist might see it. After my visit in February, I can appreciate why TVGR is considered a premier vacation destination. There is a rich sense of history at the ranch—and for good reason. You’re literally walking and riding in the footsteps of those who have gone before. You can almost hear the echoes of the Native Americans, ranchers, cowboys and cattle who’ve called this land home. The Western architecture, adobe walls and rugged mesquite corrals aren’t for show. They’re the real
deal, built long ago to withstand the test of time. The area’s first residents trace back to the 1600s, when Pima Indians frequented the Cottonwood Grove and valley at the base of the Rincon Mountains. They used the seasonal river as a water source and left numerous artifacts still found today. The ranch was first established in 1868 by Don Emilio Carrillo, a native of Santa Cruz, Mexico, who moved to Tucson in the 1850s. Originally named the Buena Vista Ranch, he later renamed it La Cebadilla after the wild barley found along Tanque Verde Creek. Carrillo became a prosperous cattle rancher, although the area was frequently at risk of attack by Apaches. Carrillo’s success attracted the dubious attention of bandits who attempted to rob the ranch on May 7, 1904. The raiders hung Carrillo from a beam in one of the buildings (known today as the “card room”) and left him for dead. Remarkably, Carrillo survived the horrific attempt on his life, only to die from complications of the hanging in 1908. The ranch was then purchased by Jim Converse, a cattleman who changed the name to Tanque Verde Ranch. The
name is Spanish for “green tank” or “green pool,” a testament to the nearby artesian spring-fed water source, once used by Native Americans and cavalry patrols from Tucson’s Fort Lowell.
Realizing that Eastern “dudes” would actually pay to experience ranch life, it was Converse who first opened the ranch to guests in 1928. That tradition continued after the ranch changed hands one last
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We timed our visit to coincide with the La Fiesta De Los Vaqueros Tucson Rodeo, which celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2015. The four-day event draws top competitors from across the nation and takes place the last weekend of February, preceded by the popular non-mechanized rodeo parade. (I rode my horse in it in 1976!) Spring is another fabulous time to visit Tucson, thanks to the wildflowers and cacti blooming in late March and through April. Arizona’s state flower is the saguaro cactus blossom, and spring is the time to see it in all its glory. Unless you really love the heat, I’d suggest skipping a summer visit, although TVGR does offer some tempting vacation packages during those months, so the choice is yours. TVGR can send a driver to pick you up at Tucson International Airport, but my husband and I decided renting a car would give us more freedom to explore. Lodging at the ranch ranges from casitas to salas and haciendas. All options have private full baths and many have fireplaces. There’s a comforting Old West feel to the accommodations, thanks to adobe walls, Santa Fe-style architecture and the high desert location. Rooms don’t have televisions, but
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flavor, and the Cottonwood Grove Ranch Barbeque, an outdoor meal featuring live entertainment. A short walk from the dining room is the Doghouse Saloon, where you can enjoy the ranch’s famous prickly pear margarita, made from cacti on the premises. Don’t miss the Breakfast Ride, which takes place two mornings each week. You’ll leave the ranch on horseback by 8am for an easy ride up to the Old Homestead where ranch hands are busy cooking a chuck wagon-style hot breakfast. During our visit, the mornings were cool, so it was a treat to ride up and be greeted by the aroma of fresh coffee and blueberry pancakes cooking on an enormous griddle, ranch-style eggs, bacon and more. To our delight—and surprise—we learned the gentleman in the cowboy hat and apron whipping up those incredible griddle cakes was no less than our host and ranch owner, Bob Cote. With our horses safely tied at hitching posts, we filled our plates and ate at one of the picnic tables scattered beneath the saguaros where we enjoyed our alfresco breakfast before riding back to the ranch. Let’s face it. No matter how wonderful the accommodations,
scenery and food, a primary reason people come to a guest ranch is to ride. TVGR has mastered this integral part of the equation. With 150-plus horses in the riding string, there’s a horse to match every guest, whether you’re a serious regular rider, have some experience… or have never been on a horse in your life. Many guests sign up for the loping rides (you have to pass a skill check to participate), but there are plenty of slower riding options. There’s also a highly acclaimed kids’ riding program to get younger riders safely learning and in the saddle. To experience the stunning surrounding mountains on horseback, sign up for the Wilderness Ride. This roughly three-hour excursion takes you up rugged, rocky paths, along ridges and down trails that offer breathtaking, 360-degree views of the Sonora Desert covered with stately saguaros, prickly pear, ocotillo, barrel and other cacti. At one point, our wrangler pointed out a house in the foothills that belongs to Paul McCartney. Red tail hawks circled and called as they gracefully soared above the valley. It had been a wetter winter than usual, so creeks were running, and we passed a large
reservoir full to brimming. In several places, we saw waterfalls, sunlight glittering off the water as it rushed down the mountainside. Some of the trails are quite steep, but you can trust your horse to negotiate every step carefully. On those signiﬁcant uphill climbs, just grab a big handful of mane, lean forward and give your horse his head. If you want to improve your horsemanship, sign up for the Harmony with Horses program led by ranch teaching staff. You’re sure to learn and have fun doing it. Although I spent most of my time horseback, TVGR has plenty of other activities for non-riders, including guided mountain biking and desert hikes (one of the most informative is the “Food and Pharmacy of the Desert” walk), tennis, swimming and even catchand-release fishing in their own Lake Corchran. Relaxing body and skin treatments are available at the luxurious, on-site La Sonora Spa, complete with indoor pool and spa whirlpool. With the days filled with adventure, great food and friends, our stay was over too soon, but the magic of the ranch stayed with me long after we departed. After our plane took off for the flight back to Florida, I snapped a photo of those craggy, cloud-topped peaks below. That familiar feeling of homesickness at saying good-bye to my old hometown gnawed at me. Florida may be “home” now, but part of my heart will always remain safe and secure among those beloved mountains of southern Arizona.
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In one new study published recently in the journal Neurology, researchers shed some light on the correlation between the food we eat and our memory, after they carefully monitored the eating habits of 27,860 men and women across 40 countries. When it was all said and done, they concluded that individuals who reported a healthy diet were 24 percent less likely to experience cognitive decline, confirming the original theory: Improving overall diet is an important factor for lowering the risk of memory and thinking loss. And just in case a “healthy diet” was a question in anybody’s mind, they also took some time to define just what that means— bring on the fruits, veggies, nuts and fish!
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BEER AND BREWERS What makes a specific beer a craft beer? Craft beer enthusiasts could give you many different definitions of and what it means to them. But, to make it easier, the Brewers Association defined American craft brewers. In order to be an American craft brewer, the production must be small, the brewer must be independently owned and the beverages must be brewed traditionally or with innovative flavoring ingredients. The Association separates craft beer breweries into four market segments—brewpubs, microbreweries, contract brewing companies and regional craft breweries.
COLD ONE Brewpub
A brewpub is a restaurant/ pub that brews beer for the purpose of selling it in the restaurant and at the bar. It sells at least 25 percent of its beer in-house, but it can distribute beer off-site, too. Once its off-site sales reach more than 75 percent of its total beer sales, it becomes a microbrewery.
A microbrewery produces no more than 15,000 barrels of beer per year and must sell 75 percent of it off-site. They can sell to wholesalers and retailers or directly to in-house consumers in a taproom or restaurant.
Contract brewing company
Regional craft brewery
A contract brewing company is a business or brewery that hires another brewery to produce its beer or additional beer. The contract brewing company sells, markets and distributes the beer, while the beer-producing brewery brews and packages the beer.
A regional craft brewery has a majority of traditional or innovative beer.
Taste the many different kinds of craft beer at upcoming beer fests. Can’t get enough? Drop by a local brewery afterward. » The Festival 2015
» Celebrate Beer
» Rocky Water Brew Fest
» South Florida Brewfest
» Feel Downtown LIVE Harvestfest
St. Petersburg, Oct. 16–17 sheltonbrothers.com
Kissimmee, Oct. 16–17 celebratethebeer.com
Melbourne, Oct. 17 rockywaterbrewfest.com
Miami, Nov. 7 craftbeer.com
Ocala, Nov. 14 feeldowntownlive.com/harvestfest
TYPES AND STYLES Before you hit the brewery, you’ll need to know enough about craft beer to place an order. Because there are so many varieties, here’s a breakdown of the types and styles of craft beer. The good news is there are only two types—ales and lagers. And, within those types, there are four main styles of each. So, putting all other variations aside, here’s what you should know before braving the craft beer bar.
Ales As the oldest of the two types, ales are brewed with top-fermenting yeast and are fermented warm. You’ll ﬁnd that they’re usually served at a warmer temperature than lagers. Ales give you a stronger taste because of their fermentation process, which can take as little as one week.
Brown ales Brown or reddish in color, brown ales have a mild taste, highlighted by toffee, coffee or caramel flavors.
Pale ales Light in color and sharp with an almost bitter taste, pale ales include amber, American pale ale (APA), blonde, Irish red and Indian pale ale (IPA) varieties.
Porters These are darker ales with hints of chocolate, coffee or roasted grain flavors. They have a thicker consistency than pale and brown ales.
Stouts Even darker and thicker than porters, stouts are almost creamy in consistency and have coffee, chocolate, licorice or molasses flavor tones.
Pale lagers: This is your more mainstream beer, highly carbonated with a light, refreshing taste.
Pilsners Another mainstream variety, pilsners are also light in color and highly carbonated, but they have a distinct and bitter taste.
Marzens Typical Oktoberfest beers, marzens are full bodied, amber or copper-colored lagers that have rich and toasty flavors, similar to malts.
Bocks Their sweet, malty taste is balanced with a hoppy, bitter taste. These hearty lagers vary in color.
FUN FACTS Back in the 1800s, beer ingredients included only barley, hops and water before wheat and yeast were later added to the mix. One barrel of craft beer has, on average, one pound of hops in it.
You won’t ﬁnd as many lagers on your craft beer hunt, but bigname brands like Budweiser and Miller are examples. Lagers are the Oktoberfest-type of beer famous for its bottomfermenting yeast and colder brewing temperatures. Because of the cold, it can take lagers as long as several months to be ready to drink. You’ll get a crisper, smoother taste with lagers, and they are usually served much colder than ales.
Sources: brewersassociation.org, craftbeer.com, mix108.com
Thirsty for a new brew? Visit seekabrew.com for a list of brews by state.
Who’s down for brew hopping? From Ocala to its nearby cities, here are a few craft beer breweries worth your time. » Inﬁnite Aleworks,
» Swamp Head Brewery
» Copp Brewery
» Mount Dora Brewing
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T’S ALWAYS A BUMMER WHEN A MEAL LEAVES YOU WITH NOTHING MORE THAN A SEMI-OK TASTE FOR 10 MINUTES AND A STOMACH ACHING FOR MORE IN FIVE. ESPECIALLY WHEN ON A DIET, IT SEEMS THAT FOOD COMES AND GOES ALL TOO FAST, LEAVING YOU WITH A VEXING APPETITE FOR MORE. THE SOLUTION? DON’T WORRY; WE HAVE ONE.
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White rice, cold cereals and bagels cause spikes in insulin, or as Bowdan calls it, “the fat storage hormone.” Eating food higher in carbs creates more hunger and more cravings. Carbs also have been proven to cause blood sugar to rise, resulting in a constant need for more food.
In 2012, Dutch researchers had 70 pairs dine together and noted how the diners took bites at roughly the same time. They concluded that people are likely to consume more food in a group setting, as people tend to match their food intake to their partners.
“Hunger is a very powerful craving,” according to Dr. Jonny Bowden, a nutritionist and expert on weight loss. He has taken the time to weigh in on the matter of hunger, pitching in with a few helpful tips on the topic of “feeling full faster.”
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IT SMELLS? EAT IT! Food with stronger aromas have been proven to cause people to take smaller mouthfuls. One theory is that strong fragrances send signals to the
A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Medicine looked at the chewing habits of obese and skinny men, afterward claiming the larger men both chewed less and ingested their food quicker. The study also claims that chewing 40 times opposed to the average
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PROTEIN PROS The average person needs just 0.32 grams of protein per pound of body weight. That means a 170-pound person should average about 54 grams of protein per day. Not only will you have strong and healthy muscles, but protein is more ﬁlling than carbohydrates and fats. A high-protein, high-fat diet is very effective when it comes to ﬁlling up quickly.
Hope You Like Veggies It’s time for health-conscious eaters to embrace types of food that are often easy to turn your nose up at. “High-volume foods such as vegetables and fruits contain a lot more fiber and water but not a lot of
calories,” says Bowden. In other words, you will be full. Try to steer clear of dried and canned fruit, opting for anything fresh. With the veggies, go easy on the butter and oil.
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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.
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.
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OU KNOW THAT MAN-VERSUS-FRIDGE DUEL? THE ONE WHERE YOU OPEN THE FRIDGE, FIND IT EMPTY, OPEN IT AGAIN, STARE AT IT FOR A FEW MINUTES, SHUT IT AGAIN AND ARE SHOCKED WHEN YOU LOOK IN IT YET AGAIN ONLY TO DISCOVER THERE IS STILL NO FOOD INSIDE? DON’T WORRY, IT HAPPENS TO THE BEST OF US.
WHEN YOU’VE GOT A SLICE OF CHEESE... ...and chips. Grate some cheese over a bowl of tortilla chips, and put it in the microwave. Twenty seconds later—voilà, nachos! ...and a tortilla. Add cheese to the tortilla, fold it in half and stick it in the microwave for a few seconds. A quesadilla is a prefect ﬁx for a loud stomach.
WHEN YOU’VE GOT A HALF-USED JAR OF PEANUT BUTTER... ...and an apple. Slice up the apple, and dip the slices in nut butter. ...and crackers. Bring out your inner gradeschooler, and break out the saltines and butter knife. ...and noodles and hot sauce. Melt some peanut butter, and toss it in with cooked pasta. Top it with hot sauce, and you’re halfway to owning your very own pho house.
...and an English mufﬁn, salsa and sour cream. Microwaved cheese atop an English mufﬁn top, complete with salsa and sour cream, makes for an excellent Mexican pizza.
...and milk, a banana and cinnamon. Blend together some peanut butter with milk, a banana and some cinnamon for a smoothie.
...and bread. Grilled cheese is always a solution.
...and a spoon. spoon Keep it simple. Sometimes all you need is a spoon.
...and bread and cheese. Time to kick the same ole’ grilled cheese sandwich up a notch!
WHEN YOU’VE GOT EGGS...
WHEN YOU’VE GOT NOODLES…
...and cheese. Cheesy scrambled eggs or an omelet, anyone?
...and butter. Whisk some butter and salt and pepper into the noodles of your choice. Have garlic salt? Even better!
...and Parmesan cheese and noodles. Mix a raw egg and tons of grated cheese into some just-cooked spaghetti noodles. ...and rice and soy sauce. Top cooked rice with a fried egg and soy sauce. Mix it all together, and enjoy! ...and a tortilla and hot sauce. Stuff a tortilla full of scrambled eggs, and drizzle some hot sauce down the middle for a taco you won’t soon forget.
...and olive oil and garlic. You will possibly mistake yourself for a real Italian once you master this one. Toss these ingredients into pasta, and your taste buds will thank you. ...and an egg and a tomato. Dice up a tomato, and whisk your egg into some hot noodle broth. ...and cheese. Ever heard of mac ‘n’ cheese?
Sources: goodhousekeeping.com, yummly.com, tastebook.com
Fortunately for you, starvation mixed with a little desperation often leads to great things, things including a few good eats for any menu! Even with an only semi-decently stocked kitchen, there is almost always some food ready to be whipped up. Go ahead—we give you ahead permission to open up that fridge one last time!
Crossroads Country Kitchen 7947 W Highway 40, Ocala / (352) 237-1250 Mon-Thu 6a-8p / Fri-Sat 6a-9p / Sun 7a-3p Located west on Highway 40 in Ocala, the Crossroads Country Kitchen is a must for anyone craving down-home, country cooking. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, menu items range from a wide variety of homemade soups and chili to prime rib, fresh salads, seafood, prime steaks and burgers. If you’re in the mood for a real treat, try the Prime Rib Dinner For Two for $26.95. Make sure to leave room for one of the tasty home-baked desserts! In the mood for a fresh fish fry? Tuesdays and Fridays are all-you-care-to-eat catfish or whitefish. Enjoy an Italian special on Wednesdays. Big screen televisions will allow you to enjoy your meal without missing one second of the big game or race.
Located at the Crossroads of NW 80th Ave. and Hwy 40 West. No matter what you have a taste for, Crossroads Country Kitchen is sure to become a new favorite. Former owners of “The Spiced Apple” restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale. We accept all major credit cards.
The Blue Gator 12189 S Williams Street, Dunnellon / (352) 465-1635 Sun-Thurs 11a-10p / Fri & Sat 11a-12a 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 and dinner on the water. Start the night off with the Blue Gator bites appetizer or one of their seafood baskets like the grouper platter. Get your fill of 59-cent wings on Tuesdays, and make sure to try the award-winning clam chowder from Cedar Key. Don’t forget to check out their Facebook page to stay up-to-date on events and specials!
Grab lunch or dinner on the water, enjoy a full liquor bar or get takeout from this family-friendly restaurant.
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 Monday. 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)
THE BEST MEXICAN FOOD
Food, Festivals And Football OCTOBER AT THE TILTED KILT
rom Irish Nachos covered in Guinness Beer Cheese Sauce and the Olde Dublin Irish Stew to the Flat Iron Steak Salad and a selection of sandwiches, burgers and wings, the Tilted Kilt’s Irish, made-from-scratch fare ﬁts almost everyone’s taste buds. The servers and all front-of-the-house staﬀ wear kilts, too, giving it that Irish pub feel. Sit inside, at the bar or on the outdoor patio. Along with a delicious menu, the Tilted Kilt hosts plenty of events, and bike nights, classic car cruise-ins, festivals, football and more are ﬁlling up their October schedule. The fun begins October 3 at their bike night event promoting breast cancer awareness from 6-10pm. “The waitresses bedazzle bras, and we auction them oﬀ to raise money for breast cancer awareness,” says manager Nefty Montfort. “Last year, we raised about $1,000.”
Although bike night at the Tilted Kilt happens the ﬁrst Saturday of every month from April to November, Montfort expects 300 to 400 motorcycles on October 3. On October 17, the restaurant will host a motorcycle ride to Daytona for Biketoberfest. And that night, there’s a classic car cruise-in with music from 5-9pm and Hoppy Hour the entire time. Also on October 17, the Tilted Kilt food truck will be at the Thrill The World Fall Festival in downtown Ocala. And, from October 23 to 25, you’ll ﬁnd their food truck at the Ocala Pumpkin Run. But besides special events, you can always catch football games at the Tilted Kilt. While you’re there, try one of their Big “Arse” Burgers and get involved in the Burger Bowl Challenge. “We have eight new burgers in our Burger Bowl Challenge, and people can go online and vote for the best one,” says Montfort. To wrap up October, the Tilted Kilt will be hosting NBC News Radio and a costume contest on October 31 from 6-10pm. Guests can enjoy Hoppy Hour and win prizes, too. So, head over to the Tilted Kilt, and don’t forget to check out their Facebook page for more upcoming events and specials.
The Tilted Kilt 3155 E Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala (352) 351-5458 ocala.tiltedkilt.com Sun-Sat 11a-Close
From catching a hayride to making your way through a corn maze, there are plenty of fall family activities that can build up a healthy appetite. Few ingredients say fall like apples, and apple butter is an ideal ingredient for incorporating the rich, traditional flavor of apples and cinnamon. For recipes featuring all your favorite fall flavors, visit musselmans.com.
Spiced Apple Cake with Orange Glaze 2 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ¾ ½ 2 ½ 1 1 2 1
cups ﬂour teaspoon baking soda teaspoon salt teaspoon nutmeg teaspoon cinnamon teaspoon ground cloves cup sugar cup softened butter eggs cup buttermilk cup Musselman’s Apple Butter cup powdered sugar tablespoons orange juice teaspoon orange peel
Heat oven to 350°F. In medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves. In large bowl, cream sugar and softened butter, and then add eggs and beat thoroughly. Add dry ingredients alternately with buttermilk. Stir in apple butter. Pour into a greased 9-by-5-by-3inch loaf pan. Bake 55-65 minutes or until cake tests done. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pan. Make orange glaze by combining powdered sugar, orange juice and orange peel. Spoon glaze over warm cake.
Ipanema Brazilian Steak House 2023 South Pine Avenue, Ocala / (352) 622-1741 / ipanemaocala.com Lunch Fri 11a-2:30p / Dinner Tue-Thu 5-9p, Fri & Sat 5-10p, Sun 4-9p Brunch Sun 12-3p / Happy Hour Tue-Fri 5-7p/ Closed Mon 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.
Happy Hour Tue-Fri, 5-7p. $5 premium cocktails, $3 house wine, 2-4-1 beer and $5 tapas.
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.
Braised Onion Restaurant 754 NE 25th Ave, Ocala / (352) 620-9255 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 6:30p-9:30p and live entertainment every Saturday with Bobby Blackmon, Gosia & Ali, Rick & Paige and many others beginning at 6:30p.
Open for lunch and dinner, the Braised Onion Restaurant, where you’ll experience “comfort food with attitude” in a fun, warm and colorful but casual atmosphere starts a new chapter of delectable eats. From country friend tenderloin and Kentucky Hot Brown Melt, to the eggplant parmigiana or the Frenched pork chop, the menu options are plentiful and are guaranteed to make your taste buds explode with happiness. And they didn’t forget the vegetarians out there, either! 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.
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 you friends to the Sunday “day-long” happy hour! Whether you’re watching the game or just meeting friends, Shuckers is the place to be.
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 Happy Hour daily 4:30-6pm Check out our full sushi bar. Celebrating 29 years! 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!
Here’s To Your Health!
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HE TWO RIVER ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL WILL BE HELD IN HISTORIC DOWNTOWN DUNNELLON. THE FESTIVAL WILL RUN 17 9AM-4PM AND SHOWCASE A VARIETY OF HOMEMADE ARTS AND CRAFTS AS WELL AS A CHALK ART EXHIBIT. The Jazz Up Dunnellon Music Festival Oct
will run in conjunction with the art festival from 3-9pm and features local bands, food vendors, beer gardens and more.
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DOWNTOWN DUNNELLON dunnellonhistoricvillage.com or (352) 274-0637.
HEALTHY LIVING MADE EASY
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PINOT AND PAINT Find your inner artist with the help of a sip or two of wine. THE BREAKING OUT CORPORATION will host a Painting with a Twist event from 7-9pm. Receive step-by-step instruction from experienced artists to create your own work of art. Island Grove Wine Company will be supplying the sips, while Brooklyn’s Backyard and Smallcakes will keep your tummy from rumbling. Tickets are $55, and proceeds benefit the Breaking Out Corp.’s mission to end human trafficking. breakingoutcorp.org, paintingwithatwist.com/ocala or (866) 224-2888.
PICTURES IN PINK
A DIFFERENT KIND OF DINING
The Florida Center for the Blind invites members of the community to spend a few hours in the shoes of a blind individual at the annual DINING IN THE DARK WITH DIGNITY DINNER. Guests will enjoy the cuisine of Sky Asian Fusion Restaurant in complete darkness in an effort to experience what the blind and visually impaired experience on a daily basis. The dinner is held at the Holiday Inn and Conference Center in Ocala and will also feature live music, a cash bar and raffle. Tickets are $75 per person or $140 per couple, and advanced purchase is required. ﬂblind.org or (352) 873-4700.
It’s time to get pretty in pink! Brazen Boudoir & Daniel Bray Photography will be teaming up to raise money for CANCERGIRL Enterprises at Studio 40 East in Ocala. Don your prettiest pink and strike a pose by yourself or sponsor a cancer survivor’s chance to primp in pink. There will be plenty of pink on-site, plus balloons, glitter and more to help make these photos pop! Donations will also be taken for chemo care bags to be distributed to patients. The event runs 9am-5pm both days. cancergirlenterprises.com or (352) 474-8027.
Forget Oktoberfest, October is all about Jeeps at the annual JEEPTOBERFEST! Presented by the Ocala Jeep Club, this family-friendly event brings together Jeep lovers of all ages for one of the largest Jeep-only events in the country. Over 1,000 Jeeps are expected to compete over three levels of course at the Market of Marion. This two-day Jeep extravaganza will run 8am-5pm on October 17 and 8am-3pm on October 18. Jeep registration is $40 prior to October 10 and $60 after. Spectator admission is $5, and proceeds benefit multiple area charities. jeeptoberfest.com. Oct
Looking to get healthy but aren’t sure where to start? THE OCALA ROYAL DAMES are making good health and fitness just a little easier by presenting the Healthy Living Symposium. This all-about-health event features speakers and vendors supplying everything from organic foods to the hottest trends in holistic medicine. The day kicks off at the Hilton Ocala at 11am with lunch included with admission. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online. ocalaroyaldames.org or (352)622-7363.
DICE FOR THE DOGS (AND CATS, TOO!) Oct
Long-time bunko players and newbies alike are invited to support the SPCA of Marion County at its second annual gala fundraiser, the BUNKO SPOOKTACULAR. Along with plenty of opportunities to roll the dice, there will be a hearty selection of hors d’oeuvres and beverages, raffles, prizes, a silent auction and more—all to benefit homeless pets looking for their forever family. The event will be held at the College of Central Florida at 6:30pm, and tickets are $30. (352) 362-8513. 30
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RACE? IN T ER VIEW B Y BONNIE KRETCHIK
S MORE AND MORE RUNNERS TAKE TO THE STREETS IN ROAD RACES ACROSS THE COUNTRY, OUR OWN SMALL CITY HAS HOPPED ON THE BANDWAGON. A REVIVAL OF THE OCALA RUNNER’S CLUB HAS BROUGHT AREA RUNNERS TOGETHER, BOTH SPEEDSTERS AND NEWBIES ALIKE. And
thanks to the efforts of some area running bigwigs, the Big Hammock Race Series will be introduced this year. The series includes some of Ocala’s most popular races, with distances ranging from the 5K all the way up to the marathon. One of the running fanatics responsible for organizing the series, Karen Donnelly, explains what the series entails—including shirts, prizes and, of course, some serious bling!
How did you come up with the idea for a race series? Our main goal was to revive the Ocala Runner’s Club. We wanted to draw awareness to the sport and give people a place to go to learn more about the sport.
So why take on the work of hosting a series? The big races fill so quickly anymore. We wanted to bring some of the fun and energy of those races to our community. People love running for medals, and we’ve got some great ones!
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How does the series work? The series consists of seven races total with four of them considered “super races.” You can earn points at each race and double points at the super races. At the end of the series, we have prizes for top three overall point winners in every age category for both male and female as well as special medals for those who run all four super races.
How did you come up with this format? Not everyone is elite and will place in the top three every time out. This gives us slower runners incentive to run more races and a chance to earn some prizes.
THE BIG HAMMOCK RACE SERIES Turkey Trot 5K Kick Oﬀ, 11/26/2015 Reindeer Run 5K (Super Race), 12/12/2015 Ocala Marathon Weekend (Super Race), 1/17/2016 Valentines Day 5K, 2/13/2016 Live Oak International 5K (Super Race), 2/28/2016 St. Paddy’s Day 5K (Super Race), 3/19/2016 Four on the Fourth Finale, 7/04/2016
When does the series begin? The series kicks off with the Turkey Trot in November and includes some area favorites like the Reindeer Run, St. Paddy’s Day 5K and the Ocala Marathon.
How do you enter? It’s $15 to enter the series through December 31, but you can also join the Ocala Runner’s Club and automatically be entered in the series for $25 through November 1. Being a club member will get you discounts at running shops and certain races as well.
Find Out More To learn more about the Ocala Runner’s Club and the Big Hammock Race Series, visit ocalarunnersclub.com or
UPCOMING EXHIBITS AT THE APPLETON (ONGOING) People & Places Of North Vietnam, 1948-1968: Selections From The Bruce H. Blowitz Collection features a sizable collection of rare mid-20th century Vietnamese works on paper, including historically invaluable Communist party propaganda posters. The exhibit runs through October 4. Masterworks From The International Guild Of Realism features 65 awardwinning works that range from the ultra-contemporary to timeless and traditional Realism. The exhibit runs September 5 through November 1. The Ocala Art Group’s annual juried exhibition will be on display through November 1. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455. MARION COUNTY CHILI COOK-OFF REGISTRATION (ONGOING) Registration is now open for the 34th Annual Marion County Chili Cook-Off. The Cook-Off will take place at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion on November 7. Registration is $70 through October 9 and $90 after. Awards include best of show chili, best of show booth, people’s choice, salsa contest, cake/pie contest and more. marioncountychilicookoﬀ.com or (352) 895-1648.
OPENING NIGHT TICKET SALES (THROUGH OCTOBER 23) Tickets are now on sale for the opening night concert at the newly renovated Reilly Center. The inaugural concert will include selections from Disney’s Fantasia, and guests will be treated to Gustav Holst’s The Planets, seen like never before with a live orchestra and HD video projections above the stage. Tickets can be purchased through the Ocala Symphony. ocalasymphony.com or (352) 351-1606. APPLETON AFTER HOURS (OCTOBER 1) The popular after-hours event features live Continued on page 82
ou have breast cancer. Those four words can change a person’s life in the blink of an eye. And while some causes of cancer can’t be helped, such as a strong genetic factor or a family history, some can. “Early detection is everything as far as survival rates,” says Dr. Amanda Aulls, a diagnostic radiologist with Radiology Associates of Ocala. “If we find breast cancer on a mammogram it’s usually 1-1.5cm in size. For those who find it themselves during a breast selfexam, that size usually jumps to 2-2.5cm.” The smaller the cancer is, the less likely it is to have spread. “We want to find it before you can feel it,” says Dr. Aulls. That’s precisely why the doctors at RAO recommend every woman 40 and over get an annual mammogram. If you have above average risk factors, talk to your doctor about starting earlier. “Generally, no referral is needed to schedule your
annual screening mammogram,” says Dr. Aulls. “And we promise to make the experience as pleasant as possible. And RAO makes it easy to get your mammogram and get on with life. From helping those who may not be able to afford the scan to reading scans and advising patients from a variety of local medical facilities, the professionals at RAO do what they can to make the process as simple as possible. “Sure, a lot of risk factors, such as your age at the onset of menses or menopause, are unavoidable, but the best thing people can do is lead a healthy lifestyle. Eat right, exercise, don’t smoke. Remember, most people who are diagnosed with breast cancer don’t have a family history. “We want as much information out there as possible when it comes to breast cancer,” adds Dr. Aulls.
Radiology Associates of Ocala, P.A. Medical Imaging Center 1490 SE Magnolia Extension, Ocala Medical Imaging Center at Windsor Oaks 1901 SE 18th Ave., Bldg. 200A, Ocala Women’s Imaging Center 1901 SE 18th Ave., Bldg. 200, Ocala Timberridge Imaging Center 9521 SW Hwy. 200, Ocala Center For Vascular Health 1490 SE Magnolia Extension, Ocala (352) 671-4300 raocala.com
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State Theatre, St. Petersburg
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PRIDE FESTIVAL (OCTOBER 3) A celebration of the cultural awareness for the LGBTQS community in Ocala will take place on Citizens’ Circle from 11am-10pm. ocalapride.com or (352) 857-2978. FIRST SATURDAY ART PROGRAM (OCTOBER 3) The Appleton Museum will host a children’s program from 1-3pm. The program is free for members and included in admission for non-members. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455. FIRST SATURDAY VILLAGE MARKET (OCTOBER 3) An outdoor marketplace will be held the first Saturday of the month 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.
THELOCALSCENE / Continued from page 80 music and dancing, tastings from area restaurants and art by the Ocala Art Group. The event runs 5-7pm. Admission is free for members and $10 for non-members. appleonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455. FIRST FRIDAY ARTWALK (OCTOBER 2) Local artists will be presenting their work and crafts in the downtown business district from 6-9pm. The evening will include live entertainment and performances on the downtown square. ocalaﬂ.org or (352) 629-8447. SPORTSABILITY OCALA (OCTOBER 2) SportsAbility, the premier event of the Florida Disabled Outdoors Association,
enhances the lives of people of all abilities by promoting active living. SportsAbility provides first-hand access to recreation and active leisure, resources and demonstrations. The program is designed to encourage participation regardless of age or ability level. The event is held at the E.D. Croskey Recreation Complex, Hampton Aquatic FUN Center and MLK Recreation Complex and runs 10am-2:30pm. fdoa.org/sportsability-ocala or (850) 201-2944. OCALA JAYCEES’ HAUNTED HOUSE (OCTOBER 2-31) The Ocala Jacyees will host its 43rd annual haunted house at Wild Waters Park every Friday and Saturday night. Gates will open at 6:30pm, and the last entry will
JOHNNY MELLO SHOW AND DANCE (OCTOBER 3) Have A Heart for Companion Animals, Inc. will host another Johnny Mello Show & Dance from 5-9pm in the American Legion Post 347 banquet hall in Lady Lake. The event features eight performers live on stage, line dancing, door prizes, a free “All You Can Eat” spaghetti dinner and a cash bar. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. thejohnnymelloshow.com or (352) 687-1776. GOLF TOURNAMENT (OCTOBER 3) The Third Annual Johnson Golf Tournament to benefit the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America will be held at the Juliette Falls Golf Club in Dunnellon. Registration
is $125 per player and $400 per foursome and includes 18 holes of golf, cart, lunch, raffles, contests, prizes and more. The event is a “best ball format” with a shotgun start at 9am. golf4guts.com or (352) 266-2399. LADIES FIRST HALF MARATHON & 5K (OCTOBER 3-4) Destination Training presents its annual event in the fall and will dedicate all proceeds to the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation. The weekend opens with a pre-race poolside reception Saturday night at 7pm at Hilton Ocala. On Sunday at Hilton Ocala, the half marathon starts at 7:30am, and the 5K will begin at 8am. Women’s and men’s teams will race through new features on new courses, and of course, a champagne brunch will be waiting at the finish line to refuel. ladiesﬁrstocala.com. NIGHT OF HOPE (OCTOBER 8) The 4th Annual Night of Hope, honoring the victims and survivors of domestic violence, will take place at the College of Central Florida from 5:30-8pm. The event will feature dinner, music, survivor testimonies, vendors, giveaways and keynote speaker Attorney Belvin Perry, Jr. Tickets are $25 per person or $50 for the VIP reception. Free daycare available during the event for children 2 years and older. eventbrite.com or (352) 438-5990. KIDS INVOLVED IN DIVERSITY SOCIAL (OCTOBER 8) A child-friendly celebration of diversity featuring cultural programs by area youth, music, dance and a festival of food will take place from 6-8pm at the E.D. Croskey Recreation Center. ocalaﬂ.org or (352) 6129-8389. FALLEN FIREFIGHTER MEMORIAL (OCTOBER 8) Walk with fire trucks and honor guards from around the state to the Continued on page 84
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SPOOKILY SILENT Two films known for their haunting silence will be aired alongside the OCALA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA as part of the third annual Symphony After Dark series. The symphony will provide the score to two creepy classics. Nosferatu will air on October 29, and The Lodger: The Story of the London Fog will air on October 30. Both performances begin at 7:30pm at the Reilly Arts Center. Tickets are $18. To find out more, visit ocalasymphony.com or call (352) 351-1606. OCALA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA’S SYMPHONY AFTER DARK DANCE ALIVE NATIONAL BALLET PRESENTS A HAUNTED SWAN LAKE THE KITCHEN WITCHES
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THELOCALSCENE / Continued from page 82 downtown square with pipes and drums to honor fallen firefighters. (863) 287-0913. TALENT SHOW (OCTOBER 10) A talent show will be held at Melodia Latin Cuisine from 2-6pm. Tickets are $15 at the door, and proceeds benefit Breaking Out Corporation in the fight against human trafficking and Families in Hardship. All ages are welcome. xrt2015talentshow.eventbright.com or (352) 694-2326.
CUTS 4 CANCER (OCTOBER 10) Haircuts for donations to benefit a local cancer charity will be offered on the downtown square from 8am-3pm. (352) 236-2599. OUT OF THE DARKNESS COMMUNITY WALK (OCTOBER 10) A walk to raise funds for the non-profit organization American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will take place at Jervey Gantt Park from 8-11:30am. afsp.donordrive.com/event/ocala
or (352) 817-4747. CRAFT SHOW (OCTOBER 10) A fall craft show will be held at Cherrywood Estates in Ocala. The show will run 9am-2pm and feature a variety of arts and crafts along with a raffle to benefit a local charity. (352) 861-6927. POKER RUN (OCTOBER 10) Women in the Wind Inc. will sponsor Ride Pink, a poker run to benefit All About You Women’s Boutique. The run begins at 8am, and poker hands are $15 and $5 for extra passengers. Stops include Lake Medical Imaging at Mulberry Grove, Yours Truly at Friendship Square, Mojo’s Grill and then back to the square in Ocala for free food and entertainment with wristband. Drinks and snacks will be handed out at all stops. Prizes for first, second and last place. womeninthewind.org or (352) 854-4541.
OCTOBERFEST (OCTOBER 10) Six Gun Plaza will host a family-friendly Octoberfest fundraiser to benefit Hospice of Marion County and local breast cancer survivors. The event will run 11am-4pm and include live entertainment, local artists, pony rides and more. Admission is free. (352) 622-3121. OCALA CULTURAL FESTIVAL (OCTOBER 10) A celebration of racial harmony and cultural diversity will take place at Citizens’ Circle from 10am-4pm. Different cultures will be represented through music, dance, arts and crafts, and great food. Public is invited to bring chairs and blankets. ocalaﬂ.org or (352) 368-5517. AUTUMN GIFT MARKET (OCTOBER 10-11) The Junior League of Ocala will host its annual Autumn Gift Market at the Marion County Extension Auditorium from 10am-6pm on Saturday and 11am-4pm on Sunday. The event will feature a wide variety of craft vendors. juniorleagueofocala.com. GARDEN WORKSHOP (OCTOBER 11) Silver Springs Park will host a Garden Workshop on the second Sunday of each month at 1pm. The goal is to provide the home gardener with the information necessary to create a low-maintenance and diverse garden compatible with the local ecosystem. Exact locations of each workshop will vary. (352) 236-7156. GARDEN GROUPIES (OCTOBER 13) The Grumbles House Garden Shop in Dunnellon will host a free, informative get-together for gardeners. The event will feature a talk, gardening tips and refreshments, and begins at 10:30am. (352) 465-1460. Continued on page 86
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FREE HEART SCREENING (OCTOBER 14) Citrus Cardiology will host a free heart screening, including blood pressure, blood glucose, EKG and abdominal aortic aneurysm tests. No appointment is necessary, and a physician will discuss results with patients. The screening will run 9am-4pm at the Citrus Cardiology Office. (352) 300-3650.
Timbuktu on October 27 as part of the International Film Series. The films 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.
INTERNATIONAL FILM SERIES (OCTOBER 13, 27) The College of Central Florida will present the film Applause on October 13 and
MAKING STRIDES AGAINST BREAST CANCER CRAFT NIGHT (OCTOBER 16) A craft night will take place the third
GOURD ARTIST CLASS (OCTOBER 17) The Marion County Gourd Artists Association will host a class at the Cherokee Park Recreation Center in Belleview at 10am. marioncountygourdartists.com or (352) 245-7203.
OCALA BOAT CLUB OPEN HOUSE (OCTOBER 17) The Ocala Boat Club will host an open house. Boaters can tour the club, receive boat inspections and meet fellow boaters. The event will run 11am-4pm, and a free boat cruise along the Silver River will be offered. ocalaboatclub.org (352) 236-3227. JAZZ FESTIVAL (OCTOBER 17) The Thin Man Watts Jazz Festival will take place in downtown Deland from noon-7:30pm. The event features six performers on two stages. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate. wattsjazzfest.com or (386) 748-5280. THRILL OCALA HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL (OCTOBER 17) A Halloween festival with games, music and food will take place on the downtown square from 5-10pm. This event runs in conjunction with the annual Thrill the World event, which is an annual attempt to break the largest simultaneous dance to Michael Jackson’s Thriller. ocalaﬂ.org or (352) 694-0601. ARTOBERFEST (OCTOBER 17-18) The 6th Annual ARToberfest will take place in downtown Palatka. This two-day festival features numerous vendors, arts and crafts, food, entertainment, children’s activities
and more. (386) 325-9598 or (386) 546-5545. RED RIBBON KICK-OFF CELEBRATION (OCTOBER 20) Local law enforcement agencies, the Marion County School System and various other agencies unite in the fight against drug abuse at this event in the Ocala Police Department’s parking lot. ocalapd.com or (352) 572-1773. FLORIDA FEAST (OCTOBER 22) The Marion County Road Builders will host this annual fundraising event to benefit Interfaith Emergency Services at the Southwestern Livestock Pavilion. The event will feature plenty of food, a silent auction, entertainment and more. Advance tickets are $25, and the event begins at 6pm. iesmarion.org or (352) 629-8868 ext 33. OCALA PUMPKIN RUN (OCTOBER 23-25) This annual classic car show and fall festival will take place at Castro Farms in Ocala. Gates are open 8am-4pm daily, and the festival features a classic car show, demonstrations, vendors, entertainment, children’s activities and more. Admission is $12 per day and free for children under 11. ocalapumpkinrun.com or (352) 620-9998. MCINTOSH 1890S FESTIVAL (OCTOBER 24) The 41st 1890s McIntosh Festival will take place in downtown McIntosh from 8am-5pm. The festival will feature several craft vendors as well as art demonstrations, food vendors, children’s activities and entertainment. (352) 591-4038. TASTE OF GRACE (OCTOBER 24) Grace Christian School will host a food and pairing event featuring a cowboy-chic theme and several vendors. The Continued on page 89
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THELOCALSCENE / Continued from page 86 event will run 6-8pm, and tickets are $45. (352) 387-3090. THEMED TOUR AT THE APPLETON (OCTOBER 29) A themed tour will be held at 2pm entitled Asian Spotlight. The tour will focus on a variety of artifacts in the museum’s Asian collection. The tour will meet in the lobby. appleonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455. OCALA ART FESTIVAL (OCTOBER 24-25) The Ocala Art Festival hosts a juried fine art show with 155 artists and craftsmen from all over the country in downtown Ocala. The event includes complimentary entertainment and children’s activities. fafo.org or (352) 572-5445. UNITED WAY DAY (OCTOBER 30) City employees, community partners and local businesses will come together at Citizens’ Circle for fundraising efforts to benefit United Way. The event runs 8am-6pm. ocalaﬂ.org or (352) 401-3982. MURDER MYSTERY DINNER (OCTOBER 31) The College of Central Florida will host a murder mystery dinner at the Webber Center at 6pm. Tickets are $45 and include a catered dinner and murder mystery performance. cf.edu or (352) 873-5810. GRAND SLAM SATURDAY (OCTOBER 31) Island Grove Winery will host a meet and greet with Hall-of-Fame Baseball Great Wade Boggs. The event is free but only open to the first 200 attendees. Check Island Grove’s Facebook page for time and details. islandgrovewinecompany.com or (352) 481-1012.
ART EXHIBIT (NOVEMBER 6) The Brick City Center for the Arts will host the exhibit InSights: Recent Paintings by Don Borie and Milly
Sheffer. The artists are both local to Ocala. The show will open with a reception at the First Friday Art Walk on November 6 from 6-9pm and will be on display throughout the month. (352) 369-1500. FALL WINERY FESTIVAL (NOVEMBER 7) Island Grove Winery will host a fall winery festival from 9am-4pm. The event will feature complimentary wine tastings and winery tours, children’s activities, a blueberry stomp, live music, arts and crafts vendors, a hayride and more. islandgrovewinecompany.com or (352) 481-9463.
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 festival includes work by the country’s top artisans in a variety of mediums. The event runs 10am-5pm both days. artfestival.com or (561) 746-6155.
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HIGH STEPPING AT DANCING WITH THE DOCTORS CIRCLE SQUARE CULTURAL CENTER
STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY RONALD W. WETHERINGTON, SOCIAL SCENE EDITOR
HE 8TH ANNUAL DANCING WITH THE DOCTORS, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, PRESENTED BY DELUCA TOYOTA WAS RECENTLY HELD AT CIRCLE SQUARE CULTURAL CENTER. THIS GLAMOROUS DANCING EVENT ONCE AGAIN BENEFITED THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF MARION COUNTY AND THE FRANK DELUCA YMCA FAMILY CENTER. NEARLY $50,000 WAS RAISED TO FURTHER THEIR SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS.
The over 300 guests who attended the black tie event walked into a transformed ballroom. Philodendron leaves in large clear vases inspired by LYDIA KUTTAS were centered on tables draped in deep purple and green. Throughout dinner, provided by Decadence a la Carte, professional dancers teamed with Marion County locals in a dance showcase. DR. DAVID LAMMERMEIER, local cardiothoracic surgeon and dance coordinator for DWTD, danced an elegant waltz inspired by Sleeping Beauty with his wife, DIANA. Gastroenterologist DR. RICHARD TRUESDALE and his wife, CELIA, have danced in this event for several years and had planned an intricate dance but due to an injury were forced to choreograph and learn a new dance in just one week. In the end, they performed a jive featuring Rosie the Riveter in tribute to Dr. Truesdale’s father, a WWII veteran. MICHELLE DELUCA spent several months traveling to Ormond Beach to work with professional dancer Joe Mounts to perfect their Argentinean Tango. During intermission, a live auction was held featuring a stay at a mountain vacation home, experiences with Ocala’s MAYOR KENT GUINN and the fire rescue chief as well as weekend passes to the Coates Golf Championship and invites to the pairings dinner, donated by RANDY AND MOLLIE COATES and Coates
a Boys and Girls
Club former member and current teacher, introduced a dance group from the Club. For their efforts, they received a standing ovation from the crowd. A high point of the evening was a $10,000 gift from DR. ASAD QAMAR in honor of his partner and founder of Dancing with the Doctors, DR. JUSTIN FERNS. Others joined in giving to the scholarship programs, including FRANK DELUCA and RON EWERS. Additional sponsors for this year’s event included Berkshire Hathaway Home Services’ DEBBIE BROWDER, the Orthopedic Institute, Munroe Regional Medical Center, Fast Track Staffing and 7 Hill Gastroenterology. Dr. Lammermeier summed up the evening as “the best social event in Ocala. There was elegant décor, and it was truly an extraordinary evening of dance exhibitions. Diana Lammermeier and I are already looking forward to next year’s event, although this year’s will be hard to beat.” “The Boys and Girls Club and the Frank DeLuca YMCA are near and dear to my heart,” added FRANK DELUCA. “These are two great organizations, and I strongly believe in their missions. Giving back not only feels good, but it is the right thing to do.” STAN H. CREEL, chief professional officer of the Boys and Girls Club, expressed the club’s thanks. “We are so appreciative to all those who gave of their time and treasure at the Dancing with the Doctors event.” Ronald W. Wetherington Social Scene Editor
Phyllis & Ron Ewers and Jennifer Hatchett
Lisa Capps, Heather Giﬀord, Anita Capps, Fayne & Jorge Peraza
Matthew Wardell, Pam Calero and John Hagood
Dr. David & Diana Lammermeier
Adam & Lisa Lombardo, Mollie & Randy Coates
Susan Gilliand, John Setzer and Carol Hennessey
Quay Neach, Michelle & Frank DeLuca
Celia Truesdale and Carla Zimmerman
Donna Sabo, Jason & Trish McMillan
Nicole Bloom, Tracie Mosley, Kelli Garcia and Jamie Craig
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Carswell Ponder and Stan Creel
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Laverne Hope, Donna Crippen and Diane Houtz
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My name is Darrel and I am 72 years old. My wife of 46 years died of cancer in spring of 2011. I really didn’t know what to do because I felt so lost and lonesome. I got involved with my church, but it was not enough, so I started spending most of my time reading and watching television, and, of course, I gained weight. I was obese anyway, but in May 2014, I tipped the scales at my highest weight of 322 pounds. I finally decided to do something because I knew that I had to quit moping around, and stop just sitting, snacking and watching television. If I didn’t, I was just going to die an early life by myself, and I knew my wife didn’t want that for me. I started to eat less by watching my portions, and I also started walking. I was able to drop 10 pounds by August 2014, but it just wasn’t enough. I decided to join the YMCA and immediately made an appointment with Joyce, my Wellness Coach. She got me set up on their FitLinxx circuit of nine machines and has been following my progress since our first appointment. She often suggests other things to help round out my training. Currently, I do the circuit of machines six days a week and lift an average of 40,000 pounds during each session. When I started back in August, I was only lifting an average of 18,000 pounds. I’ve also started taking the Silver Sneakers classes 3 times a week, along with 2 days of rowing. I also added basketball and Yoga once a week, along with an occasional Zumba class. With this exercise routine and controlling my portions, I have lost 73 pounds since August 2014, but I’m not stopping there. My goal is to lose 20 to 30 more pounds. I have met so many wonderful people at the YMCA, including one person in particular who has helped to make my life mean something again. I am no longer lost or lonely. The YMCA is a great place, and now I feel like a teenager again. My life’s outlook and self-esteem are back in balance thanks to what I have accomplished at the Y. —Darrel Anderson
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All About You Angels presented a fashion show at the Hilton Ocala on August 30. Five hundred guests sampled hors d’oeuvers and approximately $15,000 was raised to benefit the All 4 One Alliance with donations still coming in. PHOTOS BY RON WETHERINGTON
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