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THURSDAY, MARCH 27, 2014

GIVE ME A LIFT | by Emily Blackwood | Staff Writer

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The sixth-annual New Smyrna Beach Balloon and Sky Fest will be held March 28-30, at the New Smyrna Beach Airport.

UP IN THE SKY Balloon and Sky Fest

A local pilot gears up for this year’s festival, in New Smyrna Beach.

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hen the New Smyrna Beach Balloon and Sky Fest first began in 2006, organizers had just 10 balloons and little expectation of a large turnout. But when so many people came out to see it, Executive Director David Burt knew they had to do something more. “I like to say we turn the NSB airport into a public park for three days,” Burt said. “The great thing about this event is that it is an allweekend event that is family-friendly. It has something

for everyone.” This year, the event from March 28 to March 30 includes 20 hot air balloons, world-class air shows, helicopter rides, a huge carnival, animal encounters and historic aircraft displays. Paul Schulten, a pilot who lives in Halifax Plantation, in Ormond Beach, will be performing flips and twists in the sky during the daytime Eagle Air Show. He has always wanted to do aerobat-

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Paul Schulten, Ormond Beach resident and Eagle Air Show pilot, can’t wait for the upcoming Balloon and Sky Fest.


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A wing walker performs in last year’s air show.

ics, but never had the time or money until 2009. “We were at the big air show, Sun and Fun, and I got the bug bad,” Schulten said. “I was just like, ‘Man, I got to do this. I’m not getting any younger. I didn’t want to be one of these old guys that coulda woulda shoulda.’ So here I am.” He added, “I have a very understanding wife.” Schulten loves the freedom and the thrill he gets from flying. Also a Southwest Airlines pilot, he understands how frustrating restrictions can be. “If you go get a real fast motorcycle or car, what are you going to do with it?” Schulten said. “I can go out here, and there is nobody around,

and there are no cops, no rules and I can just go nuts. That’s a real freedom.” Schulten is excited not only to fly in the Balloon and Sky Fest air show, but to watch it as well. He’s impressed by what the nighttime pilots can do. Schulten knows the value of persistence and practice. “This is a lifetime pursuit,” he said. “There are days where you are killing it and days when you are sloppy. You’ll never master it. I’m hoping I’m some kind of inspiration. I’m at a point in my life where I have time and finances to enjoy a plane like this, and it’s a dream come true.” Admission is $10 for adults. Children under 12 get in free and so do all veterans with ID.

The show will feature ceremonies to honor veterans.

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Thursday, April 3rd

Southern Chaos 6:30 PM On Stage

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Gate Admission: $5.00 general admission/ Children under 10 free • Gates Open at 5:00 p.m.

Friday, April 4th

Jezebels Tattoo 6:00 PM On Stage

Livestock Auction – 7:00 p.m. $20.00 Ride Bands All Night

Gate Admission: $5.00 general admission/ Children under 10 free • Gates Open at 5:00 p.m.

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5:00 to 9:00 PM On Stage – $250 Prize Family Fun Day 12:00 to 6:00 P.M. ~ $20.00 Ride Bands

First Annual “Smokin’ on the Farms” BBQ Contest – 8:00 a.m. Florida’s Blood Center Big Red Bus – 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. No Ride Specials after 6:00 p.m. Gate Admission: $5.00 general admission/Children under 10 free • Gates Open at 12:00 p.m.

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EMMA strives to keep classical music alive my life,” Grolman said. “I was so impressed with the quality of performances that I attended when I visited here, I knew I really wanted to be involved in keeping that going and sharing that mission that EMMA has had for so long.” EMMA’s concert series, which focuses on classical forms of music and dance, is nearing the end of its season with just two Sunday afternoon concerts left before the free show to wrap up the year. The Karkowska Sisters Duo will hit the stage 2 p.m. March 30 for a concert, “Virtuosity Through the Ages.” The sisters are an internationally acclaimed, award-winning ensemble. Anna Karkowska, violin, and Kasha Karkowska, piano, have performed in many prestigious concert halls, including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York City, Gusman Center for Performing Arts in Miami, National Grand Theater in Warsaw, Poland, and National Center for the Arts in Mexico City. “They are very impressive technically,” Grolman said. “The duo is a very good representation of a classical music virtuoso performer.” While it is unusual for the series to host two duos in a row, that’s exactly what will happen, when the Cavatina Duo take the stage the following Sunday. Eugenia Moliner, flute, and Denis Azabagic, guitar, play music from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and contemporary periods. A high point of their con-

IF YOU GO Who: Karkowska Sisters Duo Where: Lewis Auditorium, Flagler College, 14 Granada St., St. Augustine When: 2 p.m. Sunday, March 30 Tickets: $30, call 904-797-2800 or visit emmaconcerts.com Who: Cavatina Duo Where: Lewis Auditorium, Flagler College, 14 Granada St., St. Augustine When: 2 p.m. Sunday, April 6 Tickets: $25, call 904-797-2800 or visit emmaconcerts.com Who: Matthew Young Where: Lewis Auditorium, Flagler College, 14 Granada St., St. Augustine When: 2 p.m. Sunday, May 4 Tickets: Free certs is music inspired by the folk traditions of their native lands of Spain and the Balkans. “If you like any kind of guitar or flute, there is going to be something you love with this duo,” Grolman said. The season will end May 4 with a free concert by pianist Matthew Young, a student at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

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The EMMA Concert Association, originally the Emil Maestre Music Association, was started by a small group of music lovers in April 1979. The organization was named after a famous Spanish cellist, Emil Maestre, who retired in St. Augustine. The goal was to enhance the musical atmosphere of St. Augustine and the surrounding area. More than 30 years later, the nonprofit, volunteer-based organization is still filling out the mission set forth by the founders to provide quality music and dance performances at affordable ticket prices. “Each year, we scour the world for performances that we believe St. Augustine and the surrounding counties would like to see,” said Ellen Grolman, a cellist who has been a member of the board since she retired to St. Augustine from teaching. Every concert season, EMMA produces an evening series of six performances, an afternoon series of four performances, two holiday pops concerts and one free concert for the community, combined with the EMMA annual meeting. Besides these big productions, each fall, EMMA produces a series of Music Masters: Words and Music presentations at the Flagler Room in the main building of Flagler College. Flagler College’s Lewis Auditorium became EMMA’s permanent home in 1993. “I knew that with retirement I didn’t want to keep performing, but music is a huge part of


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When: 7:30 p.m. April 2

Where: Gillespy Theater, News-Journal Center, 221 N. Beach St., Daytona Beach

Info: The Clarinet Swing Kings features swing clarinet Dave Bennett as he leads an ensemble including piano, string bass, guitar, drums and vocals. Tickets are $25, $38 and $45 and can be purchased online at bennettbythebeach.com or by calling 800-5954849.

When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 27 Info: Admission is free.

MOVIE MATINEE SERIES: EXISTENTIAL COMEDIES & DRAMAS Where: Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona State College, 1200 International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach

Movie Matinee Series. Admission and events are free. THE TEN TENORS Where: Flagler Auditorium, 5500 State Road 100, Palm Coast When: 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 5 Info: The Ten Tenors will present a collection of Broadway’s greatest hits. Their unique approach to opera has powered their rise to the top; bringing rock and classical music together, they have created a sound that is uniquely theirs. Tickets are $42 for adults and $32 for youth. Call 437-7547. SWEET ADELINES STATE COMPETITION Where: Peabody Auditorium, 600 Auditorium Blvd, Daytona Beach

When: 1:30 p.m. April 2, 9, and 23 BRONX WANDERERS Where: Flagler Auditorium, 5500 State Road 100, Palm Coast When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 27

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Info: This show tells the stories and performs the music that will take you as close as you can get to actually having lived on an avenue in the Bronx in the ’50s and ’60s — surrounded by the music that had the heart, the soul, the purity and the sound of real doo-wop and rock and roll. Tickets are $29 for adults and $18 for youth. Call 437-7547.

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Linda Solomon’s paintings help her fight cancer A community art raffle will help pay medical bills for the Palm Coast painter, who is battling ovarian cancer.

I’m taking so much more time to appreciate and be. I want to paint the beautiful things, but I’m painting them in my mind and in my heart right now. Linda Solomon “Ocean of Life,” a detail of which is shown here, is being raffled off to help painter Linda Solomon pay for her cancer treatments.

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As she sat in her backyard, basking in the afternoon sun, Linda Solomon reflected on the many communities she is part of and how those communities have come together to support her in her time of need. The last two months have been a whirlwind for the Palm Coast painter. In January, Solomon was diagnosed with stage IV ovarian cancer. “When you get the sentence, it’s like a death sentence and it’s going through the moodiness and the sadness and the loss in my head,” Solomon said. At the time of diagnosis, the cancer had already spread. “It was very scary,” Solomon said. But now, she is seven chemotherapy treatments in to a ninetreatment cycle and says she is feeling better; her energy is coming back. “I haven’t been painting since the diagnosis,” Solomon said. “I know I should be writing about it — but I am better at painting. I’m seeing the gifts and the beauty and the love in the moment — appreciating it so much more and realizing it is what it is.” While her paints stay closed up and canvases stored away, one of Solomon’s paintings is making its way around the county. “Ocean of Life” is part of a series of ocean sunrise paintings Solomon was working on before the diagnosis, each piece incorporating some actual sand in the


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the cost of her medical bills and treatment by selling raffle tickets for the “Ocean of Life.” Tickets are available for purchase at Le Cose Belle, and the winning ticket will be drawn at the April 27 Flagler Fine Arts Festival. “Wow, it’s just wow,” Solomon said in response to what the art community is doing. “I feel very supported and very good.” For Flagler Fine Arts Festival coordinator Justine Wintersmith, the raffle is a way to support an artist who has supported the festival since the beginning. “She is just a shining light,” Wintersmith said. “She’s a great person, and her personality just shines through her work. Part of the reason why everyone really is pulling together to rally around her is that light. She really does try to be an example, the type of peaceful people she wants to see in the world.” When Solomon does start painting again, she said there will be some changes; new colors to express healing, a sense of gratitude and allowing the spirit to flow through her more and onto the canvas. “When you are given a diagnosis like this, you really start re-evaluating your life,” Solomon said. “There is a stopping. You pause. Now I’m taking so much more time to appreciate and be. I want to paint the beautiful things, but I’m painting them in my mind and in my heart right now. “I just want to be in a positive space and just appreciate the green grass. I care and I love; I don’t want to fight anymore. I just have to give the message of peace and love — that other stuff doesn’t feed me — because it makes me happy.”

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