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Fashion for the ages 2012 Best Of Tallahassee Ballot 15 Leaders on the rise Beautiful backyard ponds How to dine like a coastal local

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Choose Tallahassee

A new group of civic-minded citizens seeks to sell Tallahassee as a hometown to retiring baby boomers.


Dress Your Age Traditionalist. Boomer. Gen Xer. Millenial. We suggest hair, makeup and styles that always look fashionable, whatever your generation.


Forgotten Coast

86 The Next Generation


Best of Ballot It’s the ultimate in early voting: Fill out the Best of Tallahassee ballot and tell us your favorite restaurants, services and events.


Successful local professionals at the top of their game introduce you to the young people, such as musician Sarah Mac (pictured), who will be filling their shoes in the future.

From a tasty trip along the coast to tales of its finned and furred denizens, there’s plenty to discover in this guide to Wakulla, Franklin and Gulf counties.



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28 SNAPSHOT Tallahassee

52 TRENDS A stylish summer

131 SPOTLIGHT Get lucky at the

182 FLAVOR Fasting: It’s good for

30 CHAT Heather Mitchell tells

54  MIND AND BODY Five spots

132 ON THE TOWN This shop’s

187 ON YOUR TABLE Make your


138 THE ARTS Befriend an artist

189 ON THE MENU Beat the lines

Museum’s new perspective. all about the United Way.


An Olympic contender in the works.


with the flip side of bullying.

42  THE NUMERATOR Facts about Mom and Dad.

48 AGENDA A compendium of business news.

with a new pair of shades.

to get outside and exercise. Brushing: It’s not just for your hair anymore.

67 DÉCOR Bringing a “beachy” attitude to your home.

68 GETAWAYS Wisconsin — a naturally good time.

73  FIRST CLASS Tips to help

choose your perfect cruise.

76 HABITAT Take a tour of area water features.


hydrangeas bloom in blue or pink or purple.

in every issue 18 From the Publisher 20 From the Editor 23 Contributors 25 From Our Readers 194 The Last Word 12 May–June 2012


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got the vinyl you’re looking for. and be gifted with his work.


BEST BETS Enjoy pan-Asian delights — and more.

145 CALENDAR Music and

exhibits and plays … oh boy!

159 SOCIAL STUDIES Pages ‘n’

pages of pictures ‘n’ people.

169 THE BUZZ Social butterflies

share the buzz like busy bees.


your body and soul.

own summer salsa and chips. with Jason’s Deli’s salad bar.

191 DINING GUIDE Enjoy fine, fun or family dining.


45 Gift Guide 96 Pets & Their People 123 Professional Profiles 179 Best of Tallahassee Past Winners

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Swimmer Malcolm Hosford is in training for a place on the U.S. team at this summer’s Olympic games. Photo by Scott Holstein.






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A New Magazine In business, I am a firm believer in the need for constant reinvention — to keep moving forward and make necessary adjustments in the everchanging business and social environment in which we live. Last year, Tallahassee Magazine earned the prestigious award from the Florida Magazine Association as the Best Overall Magazine in Florida with a circulation under 20,000. One might think “you’ve made it,” and it’s time to put it on cruise control and bask in the glory of being No. 1. But it’s just the opposite for me: While celebrating the victory and acknowledging the wonderful staff of publishing professionals I have the distinct opportunity to work with each day, I believe now is the time to begin the process of reinventing and pushing Tallahassee Magazine to the next level of refinement and excellence. At first, staff thought I was nuts for seeking to make change, however, my job is to look to the horizon and position Tallahassee Magazine to be consistent with where Tallahassee is going over the next five years. A new generation of professionals is shaping a new Tallahassee — and we have profiled a sampling in this issue. The landscape is under construction with the Cascades Park/Gaines Street corridor anchored by College Town, which will be a significant catalyst in shaping a new and bold Tallahassee. SouthWood will continue to grow, new southeast Tallahassee developments are on the drawing boards and Welaunee Plantation is not too far around the corner. Today, I am delighted to present to you a completely redesigned magazine that better refelcts our growing town. First, you will see the physical change to a larger format. Secondly, we have repackaged the information we present in each issue. You’ll find more stories offering information in an easy-to-digest format as well as more luscious, inviting page designs. We also redesigned more than 75 of our long-term advertisers’ ads to deliver more verve and style to their presentation, a critical factor contributing to the overall success of this effort. As this new issue circulates throughout the community, we anticipate more advertisers will want to upgrade their ads to match the cleaner look. I want to acknowledge and thank the editorial, design, production and sales departments of Rowland Publishing. Hundreds of hours have been invested in this endeavor. We all welcome your feedback — positive and negative — and will use your comments to tweak stories and designs over the next couple issues until we feel we have gotten it right. Why are we doing this? Because that’s what we do, and we love our jobs. And we’re looking toward the future.

Brian Rowland, Publisher

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Larger and More Refined

Photo Courtesy of Meg Baisden Photography



»from the editor editor’s picks

Ch Ch Ch Ch …



You may not realize it, but there’s a “sameness” to each issue of any magazine that makes it easier for us editor sorts to plan ahead. Certain stories on certain topics appear on certain pages at certain lengths. For example, if I wanted to do a story on a child-related topic, I knew it was going to go on the Gen Next page and, to fit, it was going to have to be 650 words. History stories go in the front; home stories go in the back. The Spotlight is 250 words with a big photo … and so forth. So when Publisher Brian Rowland walked into the conference room one afternoon, plopped a stack of city magazines on the table and gave us instructions for the redesign he was envisioning — “I want people to say ‘Wow!’” — I knew we were in for it. The proverbial wheel was about to be reinvented. Our marching orders were to create a new-and-improved publication that maintains the quality and integrity of our award-winning magazine, while presenting information in an easier-to-digest way that broadens Tallahassee Magazine’s appeal. In the ensuing months, I’ve pulled much hair out of my head, cried a few tears and spent a few sleepless nights, but you have in your hands the results of the process — the newly redesigned, and hopefully different and better, Tallahassee Magazine. You’ll still be able to find informative, topical feature stories and regular departments relating to homes, health and food. We’ve mixed things up a bit though, so you’ll find items about happenings toward the back of the book now, rather than up front. And we’ve divided the magazine into three general sections focused on our hometown — stories about the place, stories about the people and stories about what’s happening. Generally, we’ll be doing more “showing” — with photographs, graphics, information boxes and short stories — than “telling.” Although one new addition to the lineup, our version of a social column called “The Buzz,” is chock full of names and events around town. Check it out. You’re sure to find somebody you know mentioned — maybe even yourself! Early on in the redesign process, we heard from Calynne Hill and Terra Palmer — Tallahassee’s trend-spotters and creators of the lifestyle blog TuTu Divine — and knew a good fit when we saw it. They’re homegirls (and first cousins), but they’ve always got an eye on what’s going on in the world. And they’re excellent at interpreting high style trends in fashion, decorating, entertaining and travel for our local audience. Their first task was styling this issue’s fashion photo spread about dressing appropriately for your age. After seeing the photos and reading their advice, I think you’ll agree that even though Baby Boomers’ micro-miniskirt days are long gone, we still have lots of options for looking stylish. So page through our ever-so-slightly larger magazine and let us know what you think. Complaints (or should we say, constructive criticisms) are always welcome, but if you’re feeling complimentary, feel free to share that, too.

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A GEM OF A STORE My job takes me to many a charity function over the course of a year and most include a silent auction. And I do love a silent auction. You can count on me to hover around the auction tables and watch the clock to make sure I score a little something (and sometimes a big something!). There are many generous businesses here in town, but almost without fail every auction includes beautiful jewelry from The Gem Collection. I tip my fascinator to Don and Dorothy Vodica for their continued generosity. TEACHING TOMORROW’S HEALTHCARE WORKERS I was recently treated to a tour of Tallahassee Community College’s new Ghazvini Center for Healthcare Education led by Robin Johnston, executive director of the TCC Foundation. Inside, it has the “institutional” look of a medical facility — and that’s on purpose. Instructors want students to get a feel for the real places they’ll be working while they are still learning. An entire section of the building is devoted to lifelike simulators. There’s part of a classroom built to the exact dimensions of an ambulance and dozens of computer-controlled “patients” who can be programmed to exhibit the symptoms of diseases, have emergencies, get poked with needles, give birth to a baby or even die. HOMES ON PARADE Back in my days in newspapers, it was my lot to cover the Tallahassee Builders Association’s annual Parade of Homes. I remember my first — and being amazed by a huge shower that could fit two people. And another that featured the Parade’s first million-dollar house. Even if I wasn’t in the market for a new home, it was always exciting to see the latest product trends and decorating ideas. I was doing my reporting during the building heyday, when more than 100 houses would be featured during the two-weekend event. Sadly, the building business is in a slump these days, but I still get a charge out of “doing” the Parade of Homes, set this year for May 12–13 and 19–20. See you there!

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LAURA BRADLEY, writer, is

SHANNON MATHIS, photographer,

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a native Floridian, college student and Rowland Publishing intern who loves to read and write as much as possible. Her work has appeared in various publications, including 850 — The Business Magazine of Northwest Florida, Electronic Retailer and Beauty Link. She is also the co-Editor-in-Chief of Florida State University’s primary literary magazine, The Kudzu Review.

known as Ms. Grow-It-All, Audrey is a certified Advanced Master Gardener volunteer with the University of Florida IFAS Extension in Leon County. During her 11-year tenure at the Tallahassee Democrat she served as metro editor, senior editor and assistant managing editor.

of Mi Amore Foto, graduated with a degree in photography from The Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale. After spending some time in fashion photography she realized that her true calling was wedding and portrait photography. The thing that excites Shannon the most about her work is that she gets to attend a different celebration almost every weekend and be a part of something bigger than herself. She says she’s in love with “love.”

juggles her day job as a public relations director for Moore Consulting Group with mornings and evenings pursuing her passion for fitness — working as a personal trainer, fitness blogger and group fitness instructor in Tallahassee. A former reporter for the Tampa Bay Times, Shannon worked in the newspaper’s Capitol bureau and then moved to Tallahassee permanently in 2008 to work as deputy press secretary for then-Gov. Charlie Crist. Her fitness blog, at, draws readers from around the world and was nominated in Shape Magazine’s 2011 Best Blogger Awards.



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Thanks for Thinking of the Animals The magazine keeps getting better and better. Love the pix of the owl on the cover, and your editorials are right on the mark.

Thank you, Judy Smithson

Enclosed is my check for $30 to cover the cost of a one-year subscription to Tallahassee Magazine. Please begin my subscription with the Jan/Feb 2012 issue, the current one with the screech owl on the cover. The article in this issue on the adverse impact of roadways on wildlife prompted me to re-subscribe. This was an excellent article, with quotes and information from three of our region’s prominent biologists, ecologists and naturalists, all experienced and knowledgeable in their fields: Dr. Bruce Means, Dr. Matt Aresco and Sandy Beck. Thanks for this article and the fine photos. Tallahassee Magazine is sometimes a bit difficult to come by and I don’t see it on sale as often as I used to. I was fortunate to read portions of the Jan/Feb 2012 issue in the waiting room of my doctor’s office. The article by Brian Rowland was very interesting to me in a personal way. I was one of those “cut-and-paste” artists at Homes and Land. I knew Brian on an informal level, and he always was outgoing and friendly. Some of my personal artwork was reproduced in Tallahassee Magazine years ago, and I still have copies of the issues. Thanks again for the excellent article on roadways and wildlife. The turtles, snakes, frogs, etc. are innocent victims of our often thoughtless technologies, and I am happy that there are people with some pull and power to speak for them and provide comfort and protection for them. I look forward to receiving my Jan/Feb 2012 issue of Tallahassee Magazine and the other issues I will receive with my re-subscription. With Very Best Wishes, R. Patrick (Pat) Elliott

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Zip Line Costs Canopy Crossing — $25 Adult Courses — $40 Children’s Course — $15 The museum and zip line will have separate ticket prices, but the museum will offer combination ticket prices for those who want to enjoy both exhibits.

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CHAT Deconstruction Parenthood The Numerator Agenda

Snapshot Tallahassee Museum Reaches New Heights

Here’s your chance to literally walk through the treetops and observe nature way down below. The Tallahassee Museum is adding a treetop zip line course as a new attraction. Construction should be completed in May, and visitors will get the chance to soar up to 50 feet in the air through the trees on the zip line. The attraction will feature other sky-high thrills, including tightropes, crab walks, jungle bridges and nets. Treetop Adventure Concept, the company commissioned to design and build the course, has planned an attraction with more than 70 games and activities, with 10 zip lines, including two for adults and one for children. Participants will be able to enjoy the natural surroundings of the outdoors of the museum while they engage in challenging physical activities such as moving from tree to tree across a wobbly bridge or flying from branch to branch on an exhilarating ride. While the museum’s animals and historical attractions have always been popular with families, adults and seniors, Russell Daws, the museum’s executive director and CEO, says he’s excited about the new attraction because he thinks it will draw a new audience — college students and young professionals. He also hopes the zip line will help revitalize the Tallahassee Museum’s declining youth attendance. “Kids are aging out of museums at a younger age these days because of all the opportunities for them,” said Daws. “I think this is an active way of learning [and] a great way to get kids outdoors.” According to Daws, it will be a great tool for companies or groups looking for successful teambuilding activities. “We hope it gets more people outdoors to learn about the wonderful world of nature and to get them more active,” said Daws.

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»life chat

Heather Mitchell

New Head Seeks to Share the Good Word about United Way

Why do you think you were chosen for the position — without a search? I am beyond humbled that I was chosen for this position. I have been with UWBB for almost six years now and during that time have been allowed to create new programs, enhance existing ones and create my own strategies for my department. I also have been blessed to have run three other nonprofits — all preparing me for this job. It is nice to see that this organization decided to first look within to see if there was talent and want a current employee to move up. They have placed great faith in me, and I don’t plan to let them down. We hear a lot about United Way, but many people aren’t sure exactly how it works. United Way is not an easy organization to understand because we do so much. Health and human services are the focus of our 42 partner agencies. Other organizations do a great job on the environment, animals or the arts, but we try to be focused and targeted. We really have two roles in the community: The first is that emergency room. It’s providing

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food to a family who needs it, it’s providing shelter to that domestic violence victim, it’s providing afterschool programs for kids — those needs you need to have taken care of immediately. But we also have what I like to call preventive care and that comes through our two strategic initiatives, Whole Child Leon — it seeks to make sure kids are ready for school when they hit the door for kindergarten — and BEST, which provides free tax preparation and money management education. What do you think is one of the biggest misconceptions about United Way? People think our 17 percent administration fee is ridiculously high. The Better Business Bureau says it should be between 33 and 35 percent. I think 17 percent to raise and distribute and monitor $6 million is not a bad thing. The latest campaign raised $5.8 million. How does United Way decide what agencies get funding? We have a unique partnership, now in its 17th year — unlike any other in the nation — with the city and

Scott Holstein

When Ken Armstrong announced he was stepping down as head of United Way of the Big Bend after 16 years in the position, the board of directors didn’t have to look far for his successor — she was right down the hallway. At age 40, Heather Mitchell is the agency’s youngest president and CEO and the first female in its 68-year history. Mitchell’s family moved to Marianna when she was 15; her parents and sisters still live and work there. She came to Tallahassee to attend Florida State University, and after doing a college internship in the press office of Gov. Lawton Chiles, she began working there. In a bit of Tallahassee one-degree-of-separation, her boss there was Ron Sachs, who will be serving as chairman for the 2012 United Way campaign. // Rosanne Dunkelberger

Heather Mitchell and her husband, Mark, an inspector for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, have been married 17 years and have two daughters, Jaynie, 14 and Elise, 8.

county. We put our campaign dollars into a pot of money; they put their dollars in. All the money stays local. Giving out the money is a totally nonpolitical process. Between 100 and 150 private individuals participate in a huge grant process. We don’t say “Here’s a check; do what you think is best.” Our partner agencies have to show us a program they want funded, and why is it important. We require audits. We want to see it is a viable, sustainable organization, doing with the dollars what they say they are doing with the dollars. There’s a lot of accountability. Don’t you get tired of asking for money? I think that I’m not asking people for money, I’m asking people for help. I’m asking people to invest in their community by helping someone in need. Some people call that fundraising; I call it providing help and I love it. I wouldn’t do anything else.  n

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Building an Olympian Malcolm Hosford, 30, is one of four swimmers

representing the Area Tallahassee Aquatic Club at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials starting June 25 in Omaha, Neb. Here, we break down what it takes to make an Olympic contender. VITAL STATISTICS

6-feet, 4-inches tall, 205 pounds, BMI 23. His race is the 100-meter breaststroke.


Before competing, Hosford is partial to “Eye of the Tiger” to get fired up as well as the Superman movie theme. “Makes me want to rip out of my clothes and fly through the water every time I hear it,” he says.


Consistency is key. At least once a day for two hours at the Trousdell Aquatics Center, but as the trials get closer, his training will get more intense, with morning and afternoon swims totaling four-and-a-half hours.


He’ll shave his legs and body, but probably wear a cap at the competition.


After high-tech suits led to records falling in the 2008 Olympics, the swimming regulatory body has banned body-length suits. For men, suits can only extend from waist to knees.


Hosford is wearing a swim cap to cut down drag from his hair in the water as well as tinted goggles to help keep the Florida sun out of his eyes. 1. A kick board is used to strengthen the legs and is key to having good stamina in the water. 2. Paddles are used to strengthen arms and shoulders. Distance per stroke is key with paddles. 3. Fins are also used for strengthening a swimmer's legs. 4. It’s important to stay hydrated during practice (water or Gatorade are Hosford’s drinks of choice). 5. A snorkel is used to work on the lungs and help with breathing. It also helps with head positioning. 6. A pull buoy, often used with paddles, isolates a swimmer’s legs and helps them float so he or she can concentrate on the upper body portion of the swim.


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Baby Boom in Tallahassee

New Initiative Encourages Retirees to ‘Choose Tallahassee’ By Jason Dehart Tallahassee transplant Lynn Powell is in love with her new hometown. So much so, she doesn’t want others of her kind coming here. “You don’t want a lot of people moving here,” she said, in a way that’s halfjoking, but half-serious at the same time. “You want to keep it a secret.” Powell, 68, is a Florida State University alumnae and retired educator from Miami who recently relocated to Tallahassee after getting fed up with life in South Florida. Despite Powell’s desire to keep her new hometown a secret, however, a new campaign promoting Tallahassee as a mecca for relocating baby boomers is cranking up to do exactly the opposite. She is just one of the 78 million boomers who have already, or will, reach retirement age over the next 18 years. According to the AARP, 10,000 are retiring each day. And some may not be satisfied with living in the cold North or sunny, but crowded, urban places such as South Florida. “Depending on which poll you look at, somewhere between one-third and one-fifth of boomers are going to relocate during retirement,” said Dave Bruns, communications manager for the Florida state Lynn Powell (left) is office of AARP. a recent transplant If one-quarter of to Tallahassee. Local boomers relocate, “that civic leaders and means some commuorganizations are nity somewhere in creating a campaign America, or some colto attract baby lection of communiboomers to like her to retire here. ties, will see 18 million

new residents over the next 18 years,” he said. Tallahassee is already licking its chops at the idea of drawing even a fraction of this group. Just a small number would be huge, in terms of dollars. “If Tallahassee could attract three-tenths of one percent of the available market, we would have 54,000 new residents. And $1 billion a year in direct additional income,” Bruns said. “It would mean new jobs, new construction, new business and tens of thousands of people who have a lot to offer the community.”

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A New, Clean Industry Of course, 54,000 new residents aren’t going to show up overnight. Still, the prospects are bright, said Tallahassee marketing giant Ron Sachs, president and CEO of Ron Sachs Communications. This type of aggressive economic development marketing program has never been attempted in Tallahassee. “If we knew we could go after a new industry that would have this kind of cumulative positive impact on our economy, and is clean industry, why wouldn’t we do it?” he said. “The stars are lining up perfectly.” This new marketing program is called “Choose Tallahassee” and it was launched this spring in the wake of reports that indicate Tallahassee is a perfect fit for retirees. “I think the results show we meet all the conditions retirees are looking for,” said Marjorie Turnbull, a former Leon County commissioner and state representative who is a Choose Tallahassee proponent.

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the highest in terms of what relocating baby boomers are looking for. Turnbull said the new publicity effort is drawing volunteers from such agencies as United Way, the Council on Culture & Arts, Westminster “We rank No. 1, which is cool,” Sachs said. Oaks, the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce, Visit Tallahassee, The Washington Economics Group study resulted from a survey comthe alumni associations of Florida State University and Florida A&M missioned by the Consumer Federation of the Southeast that showed University, realtors and builders. baby boomers would consider moving to another state when they retire. “It’s an amazing effort by people deciding what The Baby Boomer Poll conducted by Mason-Dixon needed to be done, and doing it,” she said. “The city Polling & Research involved interviews with 1,100 “My friends moved and county have both embraced it in their economic adults between the ages of 47 and 65, all of them up here about five development plan.” living on the Eastern seaboard, north of Florida. In the past, Tallahassee focused on attracting tourists, “What Tallahassee has to sell is what the boomers, years ago and of new visitors and new businesses. Those critical areas in the Consumer Federation poll, say they are course (they kept have occupied the thoughts and actions of the Tourist looking for,” Bruns said. Development Council, the Economic Development asking me) when More than 85.5 percent of the respondents said Council and just about every politician and board they’d prefer a year-round warm climate, but one are you going to member since the city was founded. But the city itself with cooler months, and they’re looking for small to move?” has never been marketed as a retirement setting. mid-sized communities. That’s Tallahassee. They’re “We are marketing an entire town,” Bruns said. also looking for low taxes, and Tallahassee features — Lynn Powell, 68, “Not many communities are doing this. This is a busia moderate sales tax, no state personal income tax retired educator ness opportunity and an economic growth opportuand no intangibles tax. Four in 10 consider it a plus from Miami nity that not many communities have really seized. to have a large university, and Tallahassee has two They really haven’t had the vision to understand what of them, plus a large community college. Eight of is coming, and what the implications are. So they’re 10 relocating boomers are also looking for affordable not prepared, and they’re not marketing themselves. But by getting out recreational opportunities, and Bruns noted that season tickets to ’Noles there in front of this issue, Tallahassee has a relatively clear field.” football can cost the same as a single ticket to the Jacksonville Jaguars. This spring, the Washington Economics Group — a business-con“It’s amazing the degree to which there is no daylight between what sulting firm in Coral Gables — unveiled a study comparing 20 difthe boomers are interested in buying and what Tallahassee has to ferent communities, large and small, in the eastern U.S. that have sell,” Bruns said. been shown to be attractive to relocating boomers. Tallahassee scored Ninety-six percent of respondents in the boomer poll said it was


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“very” or “somewhat important” to A plethora of them to have top-quality healthneighborhoods await care services available. Tallahassee retirees who relocate fills the bill with the HMO Capital here. Some may prefer Health Plan, which in 2010 was SouthWood’s New ranked by the federal government Urbanism style. as having the nation’s best Medicare Advantage program. Tallahassee also has a medical school that is home to the country’s top geriatrician and two quality hospitals. Affordable housing is another criteria ranking high in Tallahassee’s favor. Home values are below the national average and wealthy retirees moving here can find some bargains. And there are many housing options to choose from; boomers aren’t necessarily going to want to live in one single-age, mega-community. “Certainly, they’re going to want to explore a wide variety of housing options,” Bruns said. “There’s an increasing number of boomers who want to live in an urban core. They want to live in a condo or multifamily development. There are boomers who want to live on equestrian estates, and we have that. Boomers want to live in walkable suburban communities, and we have that. There are boomers who want to live in places like SouthWood, which follows the New Urbanism model, and we’ve got that, too.” At 70, Mary Ann Stringer and husband, Gary, of Greenville, N.C., may be slightly older than the baby boomer crowd, but even so they want to move here for some of the same reasons. She is a retired music

professor; Gary is currently an English professor at East Carolina University. So, it’s only natural that a university town appeals to them. They’re currently looking around for homes and are interested in an older neighborhood like Betton Hills or Midtown. “We’d like to be near a major university, we love sports, we really enjoy following FSU sports and we generally find it a really beautiful town,” May–June 2012


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»life Feature said Mary Ann Stringer, whose daughter Amanda Sauer is executive director of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra. “To me, Tallahassee has a quality music program at FSU … it’s an ideal place to be.” The fact that their daughter and her family already live here is perhaps the main attraction. That means they already visit Tallahassee on a regular basis and are familiar with what the town has to offer. “We’ve gone to hear the TSO and to FSU football. (We) also have spent Christmas holidays there,” Stringer said. “I’ve kept the grandchildren when their parents have both been on trips at the same time. I am especially impressed with the opportunities for the children.” Former Miamian Powell made annual trips to Tallahassee for many years to enjoy the company of friends and family in places like Wakulla Springs. After being pestered by friends who also found happy homes here, she finally made the plunge and moved here a couple of years ago. “My friends moved up here about five years ago and of course (they kept asking me) when are you going to move?” she said. Now she walks her dog, fixes up her home, enjoys the purple wisteria blooming in the spring and does some volunteer work at the LeMoyne center. “Mostly though, I’m trying to settle down. It was the move of a lifetime,” she said. “I’m remodeling the house and do watercolor painting.” It’s a definite change of pace for someone who grew up and worked in Miami. She doesn’t miss the traffic, long commutes, crazy drivers, unfriendly people and the lack of common ground. “Tallahassee was a respite from Miami. It was like there were people you could talk to, that weren’t in such a hurry, that were literate, more concerned about news instead of just the spur-of-the-moment attitude in Miami,” she said. Martin Merzer, 64, is another recent South Florida “immigrant” to Tallahassee. He’s a semi-retired freelance writer who had a 30-year career with the Miami Herald. Wife Marion, 59, is a policy analyst for the State University System Board of Governors. The couple came here about two years ago to be closer to their daughter’s family — which includes the Merzers’ first grandchild. Merzer, who describes himself as an “empty nester,” said the town has a lot to offer folks like him and his wife. “Honestly, it’s a wonderful place for living,” he said. “There are terrific universities and a community college. It’s the capital, and that makes it a pretty progressive and active place, there are four real seasons, you’re a half-hour from the coast, you’re surrounded by woods and honestly there are really nice people.”

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Boomers and Housing The billion-dollar impact Bruns talks about assumes relocating boomers would have an average income of about $60,000 a year per household. However, they would probably be more affluent than that, because once they sell their homes, they’ll bring the assets with them to either build new homes or buy existing homes. Tallahassee has its share of unsold homes that have been languishing on the market. “There is a real estate glut right now of unsold property,” said Sachs, a key proponent of Choose Tallahassee. “And the best thing for that glut would be a sudden influx of cash and buyers.” Added Bruns, “We have about 2,100 unsold houses in Tallahassee. Everybody in Tallahassee has experienced what it means to have a flat or declining housing market. All of us have lost value in our homes over the last five years. Imagine what it would be like if all of a sudden we had high demand for housing in Tallahassee.” While there’s no shortage of homes, Merzer said there might be a “missing link” in the local housing market. And that is the “patio home” found in larger retirement communities like The Villages in Central Florida and throughout South Florida. “That’s not for us, but a development similar to that is what a lot of

Choose Tallahassee Plans Include a Winner and a Warm Welcome Armed with facts, studies and polling data, the “Choose Tallahassee” initiative will be “the most aggressive and comprehensive outreach” marketing approach of any community in the United States. And Ron Sachs is highly confident of success. “Our healthcare system is the best in the country, our parks and outdoor activities are among the best you’ll find anywhere, our housing is affordable, our tax structure is certainly advantageous compared to other states and there is access to the “So many beach less than an hour away,” he communities are said. “That’s also something the boomers identified, so we have trying to attract attributes in plentiful supply. It is a retirees, and this smart, strong, strategic approach to economic development to set of 20 goodwill add this to our existing economic ambassadors development efforts.” will set us apart A national video essay contest will kick-start the Choose from others.” Tallahassee initiative in its first year. — Marjorie Contestants nationwide will have a chance to win a free year’s worth of Turnbull, Choose retirement living in Tallahassee. Tallahassee While particulars are still being nailed down, the planned award Volunteer package will include housing, a country club membership, tickets to sporting and cultural events, and restaurant meals. "They will live the life of Riley for a year," Sachs said. All contestants have to do is talk about why they want to retire in Tallahassee. Not only will the winner will be handsomely rewarded, but Choose Tallahassee will be able to gather more information from potential newcomers. “We’re excited because the contest will allow us to receive data from other people who see value and will consider living in Tallahassee,” Sachs said. Choose Tallahassee will follow up with those who don’t win the prize. Twenty goodwill ambassadors, or hosts, are lined up to sing the praises of Tallahassee to any and all retirees showing an interest in moving here. “These ‘hosts’ are people who live here, they love Tallahassee and they love talking about Tallahassee,” said Choose Tallahassee volunteer Marjorie Turnbull, a former Leon County commissioner and state legislator. “New residents will have a human being to connect with. So many communities are trying to attract retirees, and this set of hosts will set us apart from others.” // JASON DEHART

people are looking for,” he said. “In South Florida we lived in an area for empty nesters. There was no age restriction, but it was understood that it was mostly for retired or semi-retired. That would help the effort here, but there is still a fine inventory of housing.” Merzer said it’s tempting to keep the city a closely guarded secret. Of course, that’s not really an option. “When you find a place like this you do feel like locking the gate behind you, but it’d be the wrong thing to do,” he said. “You need new people coming in to keep the economy moving and alive and vibrant.”  n May–June 2012


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When Your Child Is The Bully

Clearly Communicate New Rules, Then Consistently Enforce Them. By Laura Bradley Thirteen years ago, two teenage boys embarked on a massacre at Columbine High School — a horrifying event that changed the way we see and treat bullying. Previously, attention focused almost exclusively on victims and making them more “normal.” “That all changed after Columbine,” explains Dr. Jay Reeve, licensed psychologist and chief executive officer of the Apalachee Center. The focus has shifted to the bullies themselves — both why they display aggressive behavior and how to correct it. Reeve describes three types of bullies, each with different motives. The first are those with conduct disorders, who exhibit fairly obvious deviant behavior at young ages (some as early as age six). The second group includes children with naturally lower inhibitions, usually because the part of their brain controlling inhibition is less developed than most, causing risky and impulsive behavior. Socialized bullies, the third — and most common — group, behave aggressively to fit into certain cliques or just to blend into the crowd. “The pack mentality of young adolescents really lends itself to bullying,” notes Reeve, a member of the Big Bend Anti-Bullying Task Force. While bullies with conduct disorders or low inhibitions often display warning signs of the behavior as they test it at home, socialized bullies often show no warning signs at all. Reeve advises parents who want to raise a child who won’t bully to guide by example. The overwhelming amount of research shows children raised in environments with more physical violence tend to be more physically aggressive. He adds that structure is important for kids. A fixed routine along with well-defined expectations have surprisingly strong impacts on how children carry themselves. Despite parents’ best intentions and efforts, however, some children will still act out. The most important thing parents can do when they find out their child bullies others is to take it seriously. “This is a pretty serious behavior, and it has some serious — as we’ve seen recently — deadly, consequences,” Reeve says.

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Next, determine what course of action to take. Reeve says it’s generally best to sit the child down and set very clear limits and rules. Parents must communicate and agree about the rules and how they will be enforced; discrepancies can be confusing or present an exploitable weakness. Any authority figures should cooperate to consistently enforce the rules. Socialized bullies might benefit from joining another social group through an extracurricular activity — maybe even one unaffiliated with the school — where they can meet new people with similar positive interests. It’s also highly important, Reeve stresses, to let the child know there will be strong, constant communication with their school. Knowing about this connection can discourage the child from behaving at school in ways that wouldn’t be accepted at home. As schools work to reduce aggression, another arena for bullying grows. The online world allows children to connect with friends and strangers, sometimes anonymously. Unregulated social media, like a disconnected school environment, provide an array of opportunities and dangers. Reeve suggests proactive parental involvement and interest in children’s online activities can help them develop healthy habits with respect to the Web. Regardless of how or why a child bullies, the behavior might eventually become overwhelming. Even if the behavior does not seem severe, psychologists and family counselors can often offer valuable insight and effective solutions. “The overwhelming evidence indicates that therapy helps,” says Reeve, adding later, “If you have the resources to take advantage of this, why not do it?”  n

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sets 129 of twins were born

A BABY will need about

37.2 percent of women who gave birth in Florida in 2007 had Caesarian sections, higher than the national average of 32 percent.

last year in Tallahassee. The odds of a woman delivering twins are 1 in 33.



With a three-year increase since 1970, the average age of a firsttime mom is

THOUSAND diaper changes

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates it will cost a middle-income family



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» 133 million Mother’s Day cards are sent every year — making it the third most popular holiday to exchange cards, behind Christmas and Valentine's Day.

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»life agenda Praise for the Appraiser ▪ Leon County Property Appraiser Bert Hartsfield and his staff will be honored with the Certificate of Excellence in Assessment Administration in September. Just 10 appraising offices have ever won the certificate, presented by the International Association of Assessing Officers, and Leon’s office is the first to do so on its first try. The award recognizes appraisers for best practices, teamwork and achieving a high level of satisfaction among peers, employees and the wider community. “We have built a team Hartsfield of educated, courteous and forward-thinking professionals,” Hartsfield said, “and this award validates all of our efforts.” Connie Zeigler, director of Real and Tangible Property, coordinated Leon’s application. Her work took 15 months and required extensive detail on data collection, technology, GIS mapping and valuation of property — 13 categories in all. — Marjorie Menzel

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▪ The garnet and gold is going green with the addition of a Honda Civic to the Florida State University vehicle fleet that is completely powered by compressed natural gas. Researchers say the fuel is cleaner than gas or diesel and costs about half as much. The car is hard to miss around campus, with a colorful wrap job designed by Marc Thomas, a multimedia design specialist at FSU. ▪ Local attorney and community philanthropist Sean Pittman has been selected as chairman of rapper T-Pain’s If I Could Change the World Foundation. Interested persons are asked to submit ideas on how they would change the world to the foundation’s website (changeworlds. Pittman org). T-Pain will review entries and choose an initiative to dedicate the Foundation’s funds and resources to.

▪ A local favorite lunching spot, MAD About Food, transformed into the Fickle Pickle Café in early March. The new owners, Karen and Don Chatman, have 20 years experience in the food business, including owning the Best of Tallahassee-winning Klassic Katering. The décor and menu have changed, but many MAD favorites are still available, including the chicken and wild rice casserole, broccoli and peanut salad and the chicken chicken salad. New favorites include a Fried Green Tomato BLT, Fickle Rueben and What the Fickle sandwiches as well as Cajun Fried Pickles. ▪ Two of historic Havana’s long time anchors — H&H etc and Wanderings — have knocked down the wall between their two stores to create a new 10,000-squarefoot venue, HW Furnishings. The new store will offer a variety of furniture styles and feature custom upholstered and leather lines, quality wood furniture and a large selection of accessories, art and lighting with a focus on products made in America. Wanderings will still exist as a boutique inside the store and feature

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jewelry, scarves and small ethnic accessories, say co-owners Terri Paul and Matt Thro. The original H&H will continue business as usual at its main location across the street. ▪ After a few years living and creating in Charleston, S.C., artist Blair McDaniel is returning to his hometown of Tallahassee. He creates art in a variety of mediums through drawing, painting, composing music, writing, cooking (his mother is Melinda Blair McDaniel’s McDaniel, owner Heyward Eating of the local catering Breakfast business, The Marinated Mushroom), photography, performance art and graphic design. Three of his vibrant paintings are on display in COCA’s annual Creative Tallahassee art exhibit at the City Hall Art Gallery — but only through May 14. ▪ Leon County Commissioner Bryan Desloge was recently appointed chairman of the Early Learning Coalition board of directors by Gov. Rick Scott. Other Tallahasseans earning gubernatorial appointments include: Alia Faraj, a partner and executive vice president of Ron Sachs Communications, to the Florida Elections Commission; Kelly A. Layman, executive director of communications for the Florida Board of Governors, to the Apalachee Regional Planning Council, Region Two; and Edwin Moore to the board of directors of Workforce Florida Inc. Moore has been the president and chief executive officer of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida since 2003. Florida State University’s College of Business has received a $5 million gift from Dr. William T. Hold and the organization he co-founded, The National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research. The gift launches “The Risk Initiative,” an upcoming campaign to establish Florida State as a national leader in a number of academic fields that involve risk.

▪ A handful of veteran lobbyists have joined together to form a new lobbying firm in Tallahassee called Adams St. Advocates. The lobbying partners, who will also continue to own and operate their individual firms, include Barney Bishop III, formerly of Associated Industries, Dave Ericks, owner of Clydes & Costello’s, Candace Ericks, Claudia Davant, Robert Beck, Tanya Jackson, Jim Henry, Marty Cassinni and Chelsea d’Hemecourt. ▪ FSU students held their Dance Marathon Feb. 17–19, and on March 16 organizers of the event presented the proceeds — a $595,472 check — to Children’s Miracle Network at Shands Hospital for Children at the University of Florida. ▪ Brian T. Cook has been named chief executive officer of Capital Regional Medical Center. He brings several years of healthcare experience to the role, most recently as chief executive officer Cook of HCA’s Parkridge East Hospital in Chattanooga, Tenn. ▪ Longtime state government communications director Jon Peck has joined Ron Sachs Communications as a senior account manager. Peck spent more than eight years in daily print journalism before Peck embarking on an awardwinning 26-year career in state government, highlighted by his service as press secretary to Gov. Bob Martinez. ▪ Alan Hooper, a 1985 FSU graduate, has assembled all of the financing and permits to break ground and develop College Town. His professional career has been based in Fort Lauderdale, where his reputation is stellar — and he’s bringing jobs and growth to the Gaines Hooper Street corridor.  n May–June 2012



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Eye Spy Short shorts and swimsuits shout “Summer is Here!” but the season’s most versatile accessory is actually a necessity — sunglasses. Shades provide a great opportunity to show off your style while saving your sight and helping you avoid sun damage. Go back to the future with classic aviators and Ray-Bans, or enjoy a bit of Hollywood glam with cat-eye shapes and oversized frames. Other trends include touches of natural materials, such as leather and wood, or a pop of animal print or neon color. With a bevy of au courant styles and shapes, what shades will grace your face this summer? Share your favorite sunglass styles at facebook. com/tallahasseemag.



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Brush Up for Health and Beauty


Take It Outside

Five Outdoor Options For Fitness Training By Shannon Colavecchio Let’s be honest: Running 5 miles on an indoor treadmill can get really boring, really fast. Even the most devoted gym rats can get sick of pumping iron inside their crowded fitness facility. The quickest cure for fitness boredom: Get back to nature and take it outdoors. We’re fortunate here in Tallahassee, where the mild seasons give us eight to nine months of ideal conditions for outdoor exercise. Except for those humid, scorching days in the dead of summer, we can run, cycle, swim and play tennis in any number of open-air gems around town. Here are five great outdoor options to keep your fitness going strong:


Doak Campbell Stadium: The home turf of FSU’s Seminoles football team is a giant outdoor Stairmaster, with extras like ramps for running sprints and benches for doing dips, pushups, step-ups, etc. With 85 steps from the bottom of Doak to the top, you can get a heart-pumping, quad-burning workout — while getting pumped up for the 2012 football season!


Trousdell and Wade Wehunt (Meyers Park) pools: It’s easy to take these city-run pools for granted, but most cities don’t have one great public pool — much less two. Triathletes flock here for the perfectly heated water and the multiple lap lanes. Even when winter mornings bring icy temps, the indoor domed pool at Wade Wehunt is a go.

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65% of people don’t adequately hydrate


St. Marks and Munson Hills Trails: At 16 miles from start to finish and flat, the St. Marks Trail is a great workout for cyclists and runners who want to test their speed and endurance. Those looking for a hills-heavy challenge can find it by veering off to the 7.5-mile Munson Hills Loop, which shares a parking lot with St. Marks and is popular among the area’s avid mountain bikers.


Mike Long Track at Florida State University: Whether you’re training for a race or just seeking a break from your normal trail or treadmill, the 400-m lanes where FSU’s nationally ranked track and field athletes train is a true community asset. The newly surfaced track, unveiled in 2003, is among the best in the Southeast with wide lanes, fast turns and an expanded infield area.


Forest Meadows Athletic Center and Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park: Whether you go for the popular clay tennis courts or the many miles of trails that weave throughout Phipps Park, this city-owned facility on the north side of town is one of the best places to play in nature. The athletic complex has 13 clay and six hard courts that stay busy year-round. The park features 10 miles of running trails, 7 miles for hiking and 4 miles for mountain bikers, and the shade from the big, old trees overhead make it ideal as the weather gets warm. n

Add a few minutes to your daily routine to dry brush your body — a unique cleaning technique that can work wonders on your skin. The concept sounds strange, but the benefits go far beyond having skin that glows. Before your shower or bath, take a dry natural-bristle brush (synthetics are too rough) or loofah and brush it vigorously all over your body, starting from your feet and making your way to the top of your body. According to Patti Booth, an esthetician at Total Face and Body in Tallahassee, dry brushing provides numerous health benefits for your skin — the largest organ in your body for elimination. “It increases circulation and brings oxygen to certain parts of our body that may not be necessarily getting it just by our daily activities,” says Booth. “It removes dead skin cells which build up over time and when you remove them, it allows your skin to breathe better.” Women may be happy to know dry brushing also can help diminish the appearance of that pesky cellulite. “It cleanses the skin, which makes it tighter and look more youthful,” says Booth. Aside from the outer benefits of dry brushing, the technique immensely helps your inner workings too — particularly your lymphatic system. Dry brushing revs up the circulation in your body, which allows for lymph (an immune system fluid that helps bring nutrients to our cells) to get moving in your system and possibly making you less susceptible to illness and fatigue. It’s OK to dry brush your body daily — but not the delicate skin of your face. Be careful, though: Booth warns that once you start dry brushing, you may never want to stop. “It is amazing when you use it, because it actually is something that you kind of get addicted to because you don’t feel like your skin is clean unless you do the dry brushing,” says Booth. // By Renée Jacques

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 By Calynne Hill and Terra Palmer, Fashion and Lifestyle Editors Photography by Scott Holstein

“I’ve put on a few — OK, 20 — pounds and nothing looks good on me.” “My kids keep me so busy; I don’t have time to fuss with my hair and makeup.” “I’m too old to wear trendy clothes.” “I can’t keep up with the new styles, so I’ll just stick with what’s in my closet.” Excuses, excuses. We’ve heard them all. Your age or size — they’re just numbers and you can look great, even if you’re on the high end of both. The trick is to dress with confidence, and you’re sure to stand out in a crowd. Granted, some looks are best left to the young and skinny, but boomers and beyond can wear plenty of fashions that are on trend, as well as a few “young” looks you might have thought were left behind years ago (yes, Ms. 60-year-old, you can wear a ponytail!). Whatever your generation — Millennial, Generation X, Early Baby Boomer or Late Boomer and Beyond — there’s a look that’s right for you. Let’s find it together! Linda exudes casual sophistication in this cobalt cable knit dress by Milly with a chain belt accent ($295) that gives it a vintage vibe. Completing the look Kate Spade patent leather “Karolina” pumps ($298) and mother of pearl earrings with sparkly accents ($28) Dress and accessories from Narcissus.

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with this chocolate “Riley” envelope clutch from Melie Bianco ($38).

Take along your essentials in style

Bracelets are bold and beautiful. Why limit yourself to one? Keily’s striking a pose with a stack of Susan Shaw bracelets including bangles ($48 each), one featuring crosses and cotton pearls ($36) and a show-stopping seven-strand bracelet ($57).

hip, the details turn this simple, sheer blouse from French Connection ($122) into a fashion statement.

With pinch-pleated sleeves and a flowing tie at the

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Beyonce, 30

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Blake Lively, 24

Millenial Trendsetters

Olivia Palermo, 26

 For working women, you can start the day in the office and end up with a night out on the town. Your look needs to take you from one environment to the next. To look glamorous, throw on a spectacular necklace to transition you from work to a night out.

is letting go of the collegiate look and embracing a more professional wardrobe.

 One of the biggest issues in your 20s


 If you’re noticing gray hair at this age, now might be the time to start coloring. A stylist can paint a few gray strands without doing all-over color. Short hairstyles done right can make you look more mature and long can be pretty and romantic.


 Start immediately with sunscreen as part of your regimen, advises makeup artist Randi Buchanan. Use moisturizer and exfoliate one or two times weekly for the freshest face ... or the cleanest palette, if you will. Makeup at this age should be minimal. Use cheek stains like Tarte — the Blissful or Tickled Pink shades are perfect. Sweep on mascara in Benefit’s Bad Girl or Smashbox Full Exposure and add gloss with Lancome’s Juicy Tubes.


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Years Old

Model: Keily Salser // Clothes and Accessories: Cole Couture // Hair: Joan Keim, The Hair Lounge at Midtown // Makeup: randi buchanan & co // Make Up Artist: Sara Eubanks

born plugged into the Internet and other digital media


Cavalli dare you not to look.

These vintage paisleyprint fabric pumps from Roberto

easy-wearing cropped white denim straight-leg jeans from Hudson ($146).

It’s easy to gad about in

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puts a subtle, but striking finishing touch on Josie’s outfit.

This twist-waist black belt ($38)

carry your essentials in style with this black patent envelope clutch ($78).

Manila shlamila …

 You should stay up on the trends, know your body and how to dress for it, and find a mirror. If you don’t feel good, you won’t look good. It is about knowing who you are on the inside and dressing to complement that and feeling amazing in what you’re wearing.

 Forty-something women are coming into their own. They are the whole package, beautiful and wise. They know what they want, who they are and have all the tools to get it.

 Family responsibilities could lead you to pick an easy-to-put-together style with less fuss, but don’t fall into the oversized top-and-sweatpants trap. You may be a mom, but that’s no excuse. You need to keep looking sexy and care about yourself.


 Do a hair evaluation: Does the same haircut that flattered you over the last decade or so still work for you? Or is it time to update your hairstyle?

 Forty is really the new 30. Do you consider yourself sexy? Athletic? Funky? Let your hair express your personality. Hair can be brittle at this age, so treat your locks to hot oil treatments. Color your hair and add a few highlights around the face to add shine and body.


 Randi’s advice: Urban Decay’s Brows in a Box are the perfect way to define a brow — and it provides an instant eyelift. Use concealer to hide blemishes, broken capillaries or any other slight facial imperfection. Skip the foundation, just use powder, then light makeup. Concentrate on more matte shadows for the eyes with any shimmer just under the arch of the brow for nighttime highlighter.


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Charlize Theron, 36

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Victoria Beckham, 38

Gen X Trendsetters

“Lucea” dress ($288) rocks the block print — a huge trend for spring and summer — with peek-a-boo net inserts and all-around pleating that begs to be taken for a twirl.

Sarah Jessica Parker, 47

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Years Old


Model: Josie Gustafson // Clothes and Accessories: BCBGMAXAZRIA, inside Dillards at Governor’s Square // Hair: Trish Utermohle, The Hair Lounge at Midtown // Makeup: randi buchanan & co // Make Up Artist: Sara Eubanks

better educated, self-sufficient, independent-minded and familiar with technology

Generation X

Can you say “fierce”?

It’s easy when you’re strapped into these Michael Kors “Seville” ankle-strap stilettos ($185) with gold buckles and nailhead accents.

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in this suntan-enhancing aqua blue “Bibi” dress ($248) by Lilly Pulitzer.

Cary is “resort chic”

with drop ball earrings ($8) from Cole Couture.

Keeping it simple

 Wear interesting jewelry around your neck to put focus on that and not a “chicken neck.”

 Don’t wear sleeveless or capped sleeves if you have flabby upper arms.


 Avoid the helmet head. Hair that doesn’t move looks old.

 Gray hair makes women look older, so color your hair a couple shades lighter than your base to lighten up your face. Don’t think you have to cut your hair short. Long, shiny, well-kept locks are a sophisticated look.

 A hairstyle that looked so perfect when you were in your 40s may not work for your next decade. Adding layers, changing length or adding a fringe of bangs can do wonders to soften or hide wrinkles.


 Less is more, counsels Randi. Take your regular foundation, add a dab of your moisturizer and ... Voila! instant tinted moisturizer. You’ll still have nice coverage but look much more radiant and luminous. No more shimmery shadows and frosted lipsticks. Though they’re cute and trendy, they look a bit dated on us!


($32) can make a statement.

When your outfit is strapless, the necklace

Early Boomers


Model: Cary Langston // Clothes and Accessories: Pink Narcissus // Hair: Cindy Clarke, The Hair Lounge at Midtown // Makeup: randi buchanan & co // Make Up Artist: Kenya Washington

work-centric, goal-oriented and competitive, they remember Woodstock, unlike late boomers, who could have been there

Years Old

Julianne Moore, 51

Sharon Stone, 54

Boomer Trendsetters

cross sand (colored) wedges from Lilly Pulitzer ($228).

No need for a golf course to rock these criss-

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Pretty and practical,

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the 100-percent cotton ruffled “Savana” shawl ($88) comes in white and Lilly Pulitzer’s trademark pink shade.

Katie Couric, 55

coats, turtlenecks and such are always smart. But you can wear something trendy too. Just try to stick to one trend when putting together an outfit. If patent leather is the trend (and it is!), wear patent leather shoes.

 Classic shapes like shirtdresses, trench

 Wear jeans; they’re eternally youthful in spirit.

 A wrap dress works wonders if you find yourself getting “curvier.”

years to get rid of pieces that are out of date.

 Edit your closet every few

 Get a professional bra fitting.

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 Stick mostly with solid colors and solids with textures. Don’t shy away from all black. It looks great, especially when textures are mixed: leather, crocodile, patent, fur, vinyl (this lightens it up a bit and gives it life). Other great solids are camel, red, gray and khaki. When in doubt, go for black and white. You can’t go wrong with this combo.

 Don’t wear ditsy, fussy prints like tiny florals. Ditto for overdone, busy styles or details. Go for tailored evening attire rather than the frilly stuff, and don’t overdo the glitz. Despite the fact that maximalism is in right now, you don’t want to look like a Christmas tree.


 Embrace the silver hair — or not. Many women at this age prefer to be blond, but blond hair doesn’t work with all skin tones. Your best bet is to go with your original hair color and get lighter highlights.

sophisticated ponytail.

 You can have longer hair. Pull it back into a

 We tend to be settled in our ways at this age, but ask your daughter for her advice.

 Skip the old lady salons where they cut your hair short and give you tight curls to your scalp, and leave you with a helmet head. Go to your daughter’s salon and get them to update your new look.


 Moisturizer is your best friend. Keeping the face hydrated is one of Randi’s biggest beauty secrets for Late Boomers and Traditionalists. A creamy blush keeps cheeks from looking tired, dull and over-powdered. It’s time to change your lipstick. Lip size tends to shrink and a creamy satin (not shimmer) lip with a touch of gloss on the center adds fullness to the mouth. Be sure to use a liner to finish it off; it keeps lipstick from feathering.


to go bold, with necklaces like this eye-catching combination of gold and white ($258).

No need for prissy jewelry; now is the time

tropical tone with swirls of blue, red and yellow.

This scarf-like silk top ($152) sets a

Late Boomers


Model: Linda Evans // Clothes and Accessories: Narcissus // Hair: Pamela Peltier, The Hair Lounge at Midtown // Makeup: randi buchanan & co // Make Up Artist: Sara Eubanks

Traditionalists, also known as The Silent Generation, grew up during the lean years of the Depression and World War II, have a strong work ethic and hold on to traditional values.

and Traditionalists

Years Old

pair of David Kahn denim skinny jeans ($295).

Meryl Streep, 62

Diane von Furstenberg, 65

Helen Mirren, 66

Boomer & Beyond Trendsetters

Burch “Reva” raffia straw woven flats ($235).

Nothing says “sum-sum-summertime” like Tori

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Linda is kicking up her heels in a

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 Don’t expose your arms if they are not toned; opt for full sleeves, to the elbow or 3/4 length. Don’t expose too much chest and neck: these are both tricky areas for most women over a certain age. Invest in fitted black turtlenecks. They flatter everyone and they always look great for day or night. Wear short skirts if you have good legs (but not too short — they should fall around the knee).

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With the heat of the sun and the sounds of the waves, it seems like workaday worries are blown away by the salt-tanged breeze when you’re at the shore. While a coastal escape is ideal for relaxation, you can recreate the feeling at home — and drop your blood pressure a few points — with the creative use of texture, color and a few well-chosen accessories. You can’t go wrong by mimicking the shades of the seaside in your décor — sandy beiges, driftwood grays, and sea glass greens and blues. Here, Louise Heidenreich has created a vignette that evokes the casual ambience of a beach house in her Havana shop, Weezie’s Cottage Living.


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Hot and Cold in Northwest Wisconsin

Beat the Heat and Humidity — and Enjoy Year-Round Nature and Hospitality By Jack Macaleavy While our home state’s attractions and weather remain fairly constant throughout the year, I was given the unique opportunity to enjoy two very different vacation experiences in the same place — Northwest Wisconsin — by traveling there in the winter and the summer. The pleasures during my warm-weather vacation included biking, hiking, paddling and visiting historic sites. The highlight of my winter trip was a snowmobiling adventure through Wisconsin’s Northwoods region. In the summer, I ferried over to Madeline Island in Lake Superior. In the winter, I made the trip via snowmobile over an ice bridge, truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Read on and pick your favorite time to visit. Better yet, try both!

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Hot We all know how challenging Northwest Florida In Wisconsin, lucky visitors may be treated can be during the summer to a view of the months. That blanket of Northern Lights (left). heat and humidity covers the Summer recreational Tallahassee area with nonstop treats include a visit to the sea caves of the 95-degree heat and 95-perApostle Islands (below cent humidity for three to left) or taking a swim four months. A nearby escape off Madeline Island, to the coast can be difficult, the only Apostle with areas inundated by tourIsland with year-round residents. ists from throughout the Southeastern U.S. When you’re planning this summer’s vacation at the shore, try another state’s Northwest region — Wisconsin. The state’s Lake Superior area is a hidden gem full of outdoor activities, history, sports and so much more, just waiting to be discovered. This region’s history is found in and defined by the expanding timber industry of the late 1800s, which was centered on the western edge of the mighty Lake Superior. It has been a family and outdoor enthusiasts’ destination for generations of Midwesterners seeking recreation and year-round adventure. Many a winter the National Weather Service reports that Duluth, Minn. (just across the river from Superior, Wisc., and the most logical airport to fly into when visiting) as the coldest spot in America. And for Midwesterners, that’s when the fun begins, as ice fishing, cross country skiing, snowmobiling and the general enjoyment of winter brings cold-weather enthusiasts in droves. For us Southerners, Northwest Wisconsin’s spring, summer and fall make it a perfect, undiscovered playground. Daytime temperatures in the summer average a comfortable 75 to 80 degrees. And for those of us used to Southern hospitality, the gracious welcome is translated perfectly through the genuine hearts and great attitude of Wisconsin residents. If you’ve listened to the charm of Garrison Kellior and his radio show about the fictional town of Lake Wobegon, you’ve gotten a preview of the Northwest Wisconsin experience — where life is simple, the

people are real and you know you’ve journeyed to a very special “above average” place. The region is a popular destination for the angler, mountain biker and hiker. This area on and around Lake Superior is home to a treasure trove of freshwater game fishing experiences, whether trolling for Muskie on the lake or fly-fishing in the stream for trout. (The fishing is still good in the winter, except for the fact you’ll be sitting in a temporary “house” and dropping a line through a hole in the ice.) Inland, hikers and mountain bikers from around the country descend on the Chippewa Valley with its miles of groomed trails graded for all levels of ability and interest. The state and national parks provide scores of campgrounds inland in the forest or along the coast. Whatever your outdoor activity of choice, be sure to set aside a day for sea kayaking around Lake Superior’s Apostle Islands. You can explore the fabulous lake ecosystem and the fascinating natural

Average daytime high temperatures range from 60 degrees in May, to the upper 80s in mid-summer, to the mid-60s in September. Average lows vary from 40 degrees in May, to the upper 50s in mid-summer, to 50 degrees in September. Average water temperatures in May and June are only in the 40s. Even in late summer, surface temperatures rarely exceed 60 degrees, except in protected bays. Average summer winds blow at from 5 to 20 knots with waves of from one to four feet. Winds of 30 to 40 knots and 6to 12-foot seas are possible.

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Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua

A special treat for summer visitors is the Big Top Chautauqua ( pronounced sha-ta-qwa), held in a 900-seat, all-canvas, state-of-the-art tent theater located three miles south of Bayfield, Wisc. Entertainments are held from mid-June through early September, including concerts, plays, lectures, and a highly acclaimed professional local troupe which performs original multi-media musicals in the tent and on tour. Guest artists on the schedule this summer include Emmylou Harris, Glen Campbell, the Little River Band and Mary Chapin Carpenter. On balmy summer nights, the tent sidewalls can be lifted and people may sit outside and on the nearby hillside. The sound is still superb and on clear nights you can see the Milky Way and sometimes even the Northern Lights. For more information, visit May–June 2012



Warm-weather amusements (this page) include sightseeing and kayaking, while fishing, snowmobiling and sledding (opposite page) are wintertime favorites.

sea caves along the red cliffs of Lake Superior. Numerous outfitters will suit you up in a single or tandem kayak and guide you to the national wonder, where you can slip into the caves and see close up what Mother Nature has created over the centuries of water movement by the lake. This island area is easily accessed from Bayfield, a small, Apalachicola-like community where you won’t find a single national chain — Americana at its best. Book a room on Madeline Island, the only one of the 22 Apostle Islands with fulltime residents. The small, cozy town has a couple dining establishments and Tom’s Burned Down Café, one of the more unique taverns — and barkeeps — you’ll ever encounter. If the weather gets tricky, then the ferry could cease operations for a while, leaving you delightfully marooned. Not to worry — sit back and just let it all go.

Snowmobiling essentials

Cold Are you ready to experience a new adventure, have a change of scenery, transport yourself through some of the most beautiful ecosystems in America and have a winter experience that doesn’t require the constitution of an athlete? Then consider a “snowventure” in the snowmobile capital of the world. Imagine taking a road trip from Tallahassee to Pensacola along Interstate 10, then dropping down to U.S. 98 and returning along the coast back to St. Marks and up to Tallahassee. Now, transpose that to a journey among the well-groomed Northwoods of Wisconsin on a snowmobile. Snowmobile technology has changed drastically over the past decade and they are now as comfortable and easy as riding in a golf

Snow boots Wear water-resistant boots with a rubber toe. Make sure they offer enough ankle support, traction, shock absorption and moisture protection. Don’t forget waterproof socks. Under clothing Choose dry fit clothing that is offered by many brands such as Nike, Under Armour or Columbia. Its important not to wear cotton as cotton stays wet when you sweat and ends up making you colder, no matter how many layers you are wearing. Snow Pants Choose pants that are water resistant and made of Gore-Tex or other specialty fabrics. Snow Coat Choose a coat that is also water resistant and can withstand zero-degree weather. Silver lining also reflects heat, creating more heat to your body. Because you are not actively moving on a snowmobile like you would skiing or snowmobiling, you want to dress extra warm. Snow Gloves Choose gloves that offer maximum hand mobility while ensuring adequate protection from the cold. Sunglasses Choose sunglasses with polarizing lenses to reduce the glare cast by the bright winter sun on white snow. The lenses you choose should also be shatterproof and scratch-resistant. Other items to consider (if not provided): Hat, Helmet, Face protector and Neck protector

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cart on any North Florida course. Decades ago, there were hundreds of companies building and selling snowmobiles. Today, the world is supplied by four: Arctic Cat, Polaris, Ski-doo and Yamaha. And the ease of operation and safety allow most anyone of any age or physical ability to have an enjoyable experience. The handgrips and footpads have adjustable heat settings, a windshield mitigates the wind chill of cruising at moderate speed levels, the maneuverability is about as simple and easy as riding a large tricycle. The vibration and sound level is significantly reduced by the new technology of a four-stroke engine, the seating is soft and quite comfortable — which together allow the pure and exhilarating experience of a full day of trail riding in winter. Eagle River is where it all begins. About a twohour drive from Wausau, this area has the highest concentration of lake systems in the entire world. State and national forests cover much of the area, and through the cooperation of area snowmobile clubs and private landholders, a well-marked and maintained trail system allows these multiple-day snow-cations to happen. Many are old logging roads and abandoned rail corridors that have been transformed into backwoods, year-round trail systems that in the summer become hiking and mountain bike trails. The outfitter company does all the work. A couple of well-trained and emergency-equipped guides escort you for the entire six-day journey. Every day, a support vehicle transports your baggage from your hotel door to the next hotel’s lobby. All lodging, breakfasts, dinners, taxes and tips are included. Your trail permit and lunches are not

specifically included. For this trip, we were escorted by Decker Sno-Venture Tours — they have been doing this business for 31 years and have it down to a science. Each day we rode 100 to 150 miles through some of the most beautiful backcountry in America — the Chequamegon National Forest was filled with deer, wolf, elk, black bear and the skies came to life with many bird species, including American bald eagles. The company chooses the nicest hotel at each overnight stopping point with one very close to a brand new casino in Bayfield. After a full day in nature, you will be hungry, and Decker makes sure you have plenty of great regional food each day. Your day of riding is made easy with the guide stopping on a regular basis to walk, absorb the scenery, observe wildlife, have potty breaks at rest areas, hydrate and snack. Midday, you’ll arrive and park in front of a local restaurant to warm up on soup and a hot meal of choice. The group size averages 15–20 people, so over the week, friendships will be forged and a unique sense of camaraderie will develop. The cost of the trip runs $895 per person (double occupancy); add $250 for single occupancy. The sled rental is $700 plus the cost of gas, which averages $50 to $100 a day. So think about how you feel in Florida’s August months … when you are just about done with heat, humidity and the mosquitoes, think about Wisconsin for a unique, safe winter adventure.  n

For More Information Wisconsin Department of Tourism Bayfield County Tourism & Recreation Madeline Island Chamber of Commerce Living Adventure Kayaking Wausau/Central Wisconsin Convention & Visitors Bureau Eagle River Decker Sno-Venture Tours Bill Demlow, Ice Fishing Guide May–June 2012


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Tips to Keep Your Next Cruise Ship Shape

By Lynne R. Christen

Looking for the ultimate escape far from daily doldrums and demands? It’s time to run away to sea. According to the most recent Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Executive Summary, more than 50 million North Americans express a strong interest in cruising in the next three years. Keeping up with consumer demand between 2011 and 2015, 26 new vessels, ranging from oceangoing to riverboats, will join fleets sailing to more than 2,000 ports around the world. Close to home, five Florida cruise ports and the Port of New Orleans offer destination diversity and value-added deals that are strong enticements to sail away. discover Your Cruise Personality » May–June 2012


»style FIRST CLASS Different destinations are appealing during different times of the year. The Carribbean, the most popular destination, is beautiful all year so there is no set time to plan this one. However, you can only cruise to Alaska from May to September, Bermuda from April to October, Europe from April to November and the Panama Canal from September to April. Destinations with lots of competition usually deliver the best deals. For example, the Caribbean and Alaska are topranking cruise destinations and a wide variety of cruise lines offer highly competitive pricing. Book at least six months in advance for early-bird fares, the best cabin selection and travel arrangements. If the price drops prior to final payment, most cruise lines adjust the fare or provide onboard credits for the difference. It also pays to be flexible. Cruise fares vary significantly between high-season and off-peak times. Delaying sailing by a few weeks may mean savings such as twofor-one fares. Surprising to many new cruisers, the least expensive cruise fare may actually cost more

in the long run. In addition to airfare, onboard cruise costs add up fast. When comparing cruise costs, factor in the added value of all-inclusive amenities like free airfare, transfers, complimentary hotel nights, pre-paid gratuities, open bars and free shore excursions offered by upscale cruise lines. If you are not cruising with an all-inclusive cruise line, plan ahead for these onboard a la carte charges not typically included in cruise fare, such as cocktails, wine, beer, soft drinks and items in cabin mini bars; luxury spa and salon services; and souvenir ship photographs and DVDs. The size and location of your stateroom has a huge impact on your cruise cost, not to mention how much you will enjoy it. Inside cabins are the least expensive, but spending a little more for an ocean view or balcony cabin adds value to the overall cruise experience. Travel agents who do a lot of business with a cruise line often get preferential upgrades for their clients. Don’t leave your cabin assignment to chance. Consult a deck plan online for exact stateroom locations and to request a specific room. n

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Cruising Myth Busters Lynne R. Christen, cruising expert and author of “101 Cruise Tips,” debunks a few common misconceptions about cruising: Myth: Cruising is too expensive Actually, cruising is one of the best vacation values. Many cruises are $100-$150 per person, per day for a cabin with a private balcony. Myth: Cruises are for old people According to the CLIA, the average cruise enthusiast is 49 years old. That said, the longer the cruise, the older the cruisers. 74 May–June 2012

Myth: Cruises are too structured On the contrary, today’s cruises offer “free-style” everything, allowing you entertainment options and activites. Myth: You don’t get to see enough on cruises True, you can’t see all of most destinations in a day. But, cruises are a wonderful way to sample destinations you might never see otherwise.

What’s Your Cruise Personality? By Renee Jacques and Lynne R. Christen There is no “one size fits all” when it comes to cruising. Cruising is all about choices. Ready to rock-around-the-clock or seeking serenity? Like to dress up or dress down? Tight travel budget or able to splurge? Choosing a destination, cruise line and cruise ship that matches personal style and budget is the first step to finding the best cruise. Michelle Lovern, a local vacation specialist for CruiseOne in Tallahassee, offers suggestions for finding a cruise to fit your wish list: Family-Oriented If you are searching for a cruise line that is a good fit for families, Lovern suggests ships of the Contemporary, Carnival or Royal Caribbean lines. “They’re very family-oriented cruises, and they have great children’s programs,” says Lovern. “A lot of multi-generational families will do that type of cruise line.” These lines travel all over the world, but Lovern says most families choose the shorter cruises that travel to places like the Caribbean and the Bahamas. Lovebirds If you and your special someone are looking for a relaxing and romantic getaway, Lovern advises looking into the Celebrity and Norwegian cruise lines. Norwegian Cruise Line is relaxed, yet offers great activities, while the Celebrity line is completely upscale and unique. “Celebrity’s a little more subdued and upscale,” says Lovern. “It’s kind of an elegant experience; their tagline is ‘modern luxury.’ They have Rosetta Stone classes on board and wellness classes.” “It’s more about enriching your life rather than partying and having fun or entertaining the children,” says Lovern.



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The World Traveler For those who want to experience the excitement and variety of the many different places the world has to offer, Lovern suggests checking out premium cruise lines such as Princess and Holland America. These lines take passengers to unique places and offer many different types of excursion packages and tours. “They’re usually smaller ships and they’re very exclusive,” says Lovern. “They’re for the more seasoned traveler or someone who really travels at the ‘Ritz Carlton level.’” The Fun-Seeker According to Lovern, there’s nothing more fun for both adults and children than a Disney cruise. The staff on these cruises really amp up the service and, even if you decide to cruise without any tots, there are “adults only” sections scattered all over the ships. “My husband and I cruised on Disney three times in 18 months without children,” says Lovern. So that just kind of tells you something.” May–June 2012


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Liquid Serenity Water Features Transform a Garden to a Sanctuary By Audrey Post // Photos by Scott Holstein There’s something so soothing, so serene about the sound of water. It can transform a backyard into an urban retreat. It can bring a bit more of nature into a suburban setting, attracting birds and other wildlife. It can seemingly lower the temperature during a summer heat wave by 5 or 10 degrees. Whether you’re thinking of a small, burbling fountain or an elaborate pond with several levels of waterfalls, adding a water element to your landscape can make your yard more interesting, more beautiful and more fun for you to use. Water features, generally considered the more elaborate installations that include ponds and waterfalls, are a significant investment and are considered a property upgrade, so put as much thought and planning into it as you would a renovation inside your home. “The first thing you need to do is ask yourself why you want to add a water feature,” said William Dickerson of Dickerson Landscaping. “Most of the time, people want to attract nature to Buz Ireland’s their backyards or they’re looking backyard for getaway place. Do you want is the best advertisement it to drown out traffic? How big for his business, will it have to be to do that? AquaFeatures “Then you have to consider of Tallahassee. the maintenance,” he continued. His largest pond incorporates “Do you travel a lot? Do you plants, running have pets? Will your pets be getwater, waterfalls ting in the pond?” and fish to create Most people tend to start out a quiet retreat. small, only to wish they’d made their pond a little bigger. Once May–June 2012


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you start adding stones and plants, the basins tend to fill up quickly, Dickerson said. “You need at least an 11-by-16-foot pond in order to get your plants in and create a natural setting,” he said. A well-designed water feature also provides various points of discovery, said James Hughes, owner of James Hughes Landscaping. “Year to year, season to season, there’s always something new to discover about a water feature.” That’s definitely true for the multi-leveled water feature Hughes designed for Dr. Tim and Joyce Broeseker’s Killearn Estates backyard. They asked Hughes to create a North Georgia or North Carolina feel for their steeply sloping backyard. In the process, he re-graded a slope and fixed a water runoff problem. “Whether we’re sitting on the patio or in the gazebo, 78 May–June 2012

it looks natural and it sounds natural,” Joyce said. “We just love it.” Hughes used granite in the Broesekers’ waterfall and pond, because limestone can alter the chemical composition of the water and turn it green, he said. He chose the plants in the pond to help filter pollutants and keep the water clear. Two small waterfalls set farther up the hill feed the stream that cascades into the pool just off the patio. Pickerelweed, sweet flag and yellow iris — bog plants that thrive with wet feet — adorn the shallow edges. Lily pads float serenely on the pond’s surface while tape grass dances just beneath it. Along the banks, ferns and junipers spill over the stones to soften the edges, as in nature. A Japanese maple set into the hillside creates a striking focal point.

Two views (above and right) of a water environment created by James Hughes Landscaping that brings a little bit of North Carolina to the sloping backyard of Dr. Tim and Joyce Broeseker. Hughes’ waterfall on display at Killearn Ace Hardware (below left) doesn’t fall into a pond, but “disappears” and the water is constantly recycled. May–June 2012


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A water retreat by Dickerson Landscaping (above) includes a creek “bridge” and a swing to contemplate the waterfall and pond. Local nurseries incorporate water features into their landscapes. Moss covers the pond rocks and a pillar fountain (far left, top and bottom) at Native Nurseries. Tallahassee Nurseries positioned a gazebo by their water feature and has a functioning burbling urn on display (left, top and bottom).

“Some people are afraid that a water feature will attract mosquitoes,” Hughes said, “but they don’t. Mosquitoes need stagnant water and this water is always moving.” Buz Ireland of AquaFeatures of Tallahassee installs ponds, streams and waterfalls, as well as rainwater collection systems that incorporate water features with water storage. At his home, he collects water through a system of gutters, and a permeable-paver patio, into an underground cistern that holds 2,000 gallons. A beautiful pond sits above ground, as opposed to a utilitarian water tank. “I use it to water a large vegetable garden, wash my car,” said Ireland, who along with Hughes is an Aquascape Certified Pond Installer. “They’re pricey. They start at $10,000 on up, but they’re meant to last.” If you don’t have the space or the money for an elaborate pond feature, pond-less waterfalls are another option. In these, the water spills over a waterfall and drops into a bed of stones instead of a pool. The water seeps through the rocks into a holding basin below, where it is pumped back to the top of the waterfall. It’s a similar system to a burbling urn, in which the water flows down the sides of the vessel and seemingly disappears into the bed of stones below. With pond-less waterfall and urns, it’s imperative that the water basin be large enough to account for evaporation, particularly in the hot summer months. Otherwise, your basin can run dry and burn up your pump’s motor.

A properly built water feature will reduce the amount of maintenance required, but some maintenance is necessary. Both Hughes and Dickerson recommend giving your water feature a good cleaning once a year. Dickerson noted that site selection makes a big difference in the amount of maintenance a water feature needs. If you have oak trees, you’ll be cleaning out leaves a lot in late February. “You really need to think about how you’re going to handle the maintenance,” Ireland said. “Plants in water grow like crazy, and they’ll need to be thinned out. The leaves can clog the pump. And you’ll need to troubleshoot leaks. One of the main things to do is make sure your contractor is going to stand by the work, because ponds rarely work right the first time you turn on the pump. There has to be a lot of tweaking.” Whether to include fish in your pond is another consideration. Dickerson recommends buying inexpensive goldfish instead of pricier koi. Even deep ponds with ledges for fish to hide under lose a few fish to predators. “Herons are problematic, and some clients have mentioned owls get their fish,” he said. “You need to plan for it. You don’t want to keep replacing $30 koi.” While feeding the fish in your backyard water feature might become a family ritual, overfeeding the fish can end up polluting your pond. If you plan to feed them, use a light hand.  n May–June 2012


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Hydrangeas Keeping in the Pink … or Blue … or Purple By Audrey Post

Q: I have some hydrangeas that bloom with pink flowers, but I’d like to mix them with ones that have blue flowers. How do I accomplish that? I’ve heard that you can control the color but I don’t know how. Also, how do I get my hydrangeas to re-bloom? A: Hydrangeas are one of the most popular flowering landscape plants. The most common, French hydrangea or hydrangea macrophylla, comes in either mophead — ball-shaped flower clusters in white, blue, pink or purple — or lacecap — flat clusters of small flowers surrounded by a ring of larger blossoms. There are other kinds of hydrangeas, including oakleaf hydrangeas with their elongated white blossoms, but if we’re talking about pink or blue flowers, we’re talking about the French. The acidity or alkalinity, or pH, of your soil determines the color of your hydrangea blossoms. In general, hydrangeas grown in soil that is acidic produce blue flowers, while those grown in alkaline soil have pink flowers. Soil that’s fairly neutral produces blossoms with a purple hue. You can sometimes, but not always, change the color of your blossoms. Certain cultivars are bred to be certain colors, and no amount of manipulation will change it. For the ones whose flower color can be changed, the amount of pigment in the blossom is a big factor. While you can sometimes change pink to blue, and vice versa, you can’t make a white hydrangea any other color. There can also be limitations to the degree a color can change. For example, you can never turn a red

hydrangea blue. You can make it pink or even purple, but you can’t make it blue. The other predominant factor in hydrangea color is aluminum, and this is where the pH factor comes in. Aluminum in the soil is bound and unavailable to plant roots if the pH is alkaline, or a high number. In acidic soil, the aluminum can be absorbed. It’s as though the pink is the default color and the plant must have aluminum to produce blue blooms. So, first of all, test the soil in your hydrangea bed. Kits and boxes for mailing to the lab are available at the Leon County Extension Office at 615 Paul Russell Road. Do the complete test, not just the pH test. Here’s why: Even if your soil is acidic, the aluminum might still be bound and unavailable to plant roots if the phosphorus level is high — and our soils are notorious for having high levels of phosphorus. There’s no point in pouring concoctions on your hydrangea roots to raise the pH if the phosphorus is going to keep those flowers from turning blue. If your phosphorus levels are not high, you can increase the aluminum by generously dousing the soil with a solution of aluminum sulfate and water, 1 tablespoon per gallon. Don’t be tempted to mix a stronger solution, no matter what the label says, because it can be toxic to other plants. If your phosphorus is high and your pH is high, all is not lost. You could learn to love your pink hydrangeas. Or you could grow your hydrangeas in containers or raised beds, planting them in potting mix with just the right pH balance and levels of nutrients and micronutrients. You’ll need to fertilize them and water them more often, because potted plants tend to dry out quickly in our heat. Hydrangeas like some shade, particularly afternoon shade, so site your hydrangea pots or raised bed accordingly. Since you want to mix blue and pink May–June 2012


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Fertilize citrus, blackberries and figs Plant warm-weather vegetables such as okra, eggplant, peppers and pole beans. Keep tomato plants evenly moist to prevent blossom end rot. Mulch vegetables, shrubs and flowers to retain moisture and regulate heat.

May 2 The Florida Native Plant Society, Magnolia Chapter, hosts Dr. James P. Cuda of UF/IFAS, who will speak about “biological controls of plant pests or pesky plants” at 7:15 p.m. at United Church of Tallahassee, 1834 Mahan Drive. May 4 First Friday Lecture Series, “New Plants” by Ed Blissard, landscape designer at Purple Martin Nurseries, noon to 1 p.m., Goodwood Museum and Gardens, 1600 Miccosukee Road. May 7 and June 4 Tallahassee Edible Garden Club meets the first Monday of each month at 6 p.m. at the pavilion in Winthrop Park, 1601 Mitchell Ave. May 8 Apalachee Beekeepers meet from 6:30-7:30 p.m., Leon County Extension Office, 615 Paul Russell Road. May 10 Tallahassee Orchid Society meets at 7 p.m. at Leon County Extension Office, 615 Paul Russell Road. Renowned orchid grower and world traveler Bill Thoms will speak. May 12 Tallahassee Daylily Society’s Annual Daylily Show, Dorothy Oven Park, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

May 17 Tallahassee Garden Club Plant Exchange and Program, plant exchange from 9:30 to 10 a.m. and program on hostas from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Afternoon plant exchange from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. The Garden Center, 507 N. Calhoun St., May 19 18th Annual Tour of Gardens to benefit Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 and include admission to the park, breakfast at the park with silent auction and plant sale, then a selfguided tour of privately owned gardens in the Tallahassee area. Call (850) 487-4115 for more information. Tenth Anniversary Demonstration Garden Spring Open House at the Leon County Extension Service, 615 Paul Russell Road, 9 a.m. to noon. Self-guided tours of vegetable gardens, landscape gardens, rose gardens; displays and information on micro-irrigation and water conservation; Florida Friendly Landscapes; attracting bats, birds, butterflies and bees; and creating floral designs from your yard. Master Gardeners will be available to answer questions. (850) 606-5202. n

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The Next Generation Many of us work to improve our skills and find success in our life’s work.

If we’re lucky, after we get a little age on and some years of experience under the belt, we realize we’ve arrived. At the pinnacle, we look around and down and see the new, younger generation of teachers or lawyers or artists and, if we’re generous, try to be a mentor and share wisdom. Perhaps they are following in our footsteps, carrying on a grand tradition. More likely, these Young Turks are finding ways to get business done faster, smarter, more creatively and —— dare we say —— better than ever before. In this story, men and women who are at the top of their game take a look a little farther down the organizational chart and introduce our readers to young up-andcomers they think will represent the future of their profession or vocation. // Rosanne Dunkelberger // Photos by Scott Holstein

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[ Business ]

Kaytron is proof that what was has no bearing on what can be. By Dale Brill

They call it blind ambition because you end up turning the spotlights of life’s theatre on yourself until you can’t see anything else. At that precise moment in my life, an 11-yearold named Kaytron Coker entered stage right. We met seven years ago through a mentoring program developed by the Children’s Home Society. At the first dinner, it was hard to tell if Kaytron was shy or just adjusting to his unlikely pairing with a middle-ageds c h ool s t ud e n t white guy wearing a Cubs hat. Now 18 and home from his second intercontinental trip as an awardwinning leader of the Young Marines program, Kaytron walks like he owns the world. His cadence is driven by unspoiled hunger to prove he can do anything. You can’t help but get lost in the reflection of such promise and not recall yourself with the same conviction set to conquer the world. It’s not hard to find joy in living vicariously through a young man whose life trajectory is approaching its exponential tipping point as yours hovers at what you pray isn’t yet its zenith. If he goes into politics, he’ll be a senator. There are too many representatives, he says. If he goes into business, he’s going to own a transportation company. He’ll start his empire by buying Mike’s Limos. If he goes into military service, he’d be honored to be at the Naval Academy and then on to serving as a Marine officer. And every time Kaytron starts a sentence with “if,” I lean closer to hear for fear of missing what dream has captivated his mind for that moment. He’s a teacher too. Kaytron is proof that what was has no bearing on what can be. When he unknowingly shares that kind of wisdom with me each week, it’s easier to shed the regret of missed opportunities and look ahead to what a 47-year-old has left to do.

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Brill is president of the Florida Chamber Foundation, the research and policy development arm of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. Previously, he served as the director of the Governor’s Office of Tourism, Trade and Economic Development and as chief marketing officer for VISIT FLORIDA, and he has experience in both startup environments and as a global business leader for General Motors. May–June 2012


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[ Nonprofit ]

I’m always struck by his commitment to young people and his outgoing and innovative approaches. By Randy Nicklaus

One day early last year someone drove up next to me on a motorcycle at a stoplight and waved. I couldn’t see his face or recognize who it was because of the helmet, but I waved back and pretended I recognized him. Perplexed, I drove off and kept trying to figure out who I knew that rode a bike. It finally struck me that it was Louis, because I remembered seeing him carrying his helmet and getting on his cycle after one of our meetings. The next time I saw him we laughed, because he could tell I didn’t recognize him that day. I met Louis Garcia about three years ago through our mutual colleagues. He was the new executive director for Big Brothers Big Sisters and was enthusiastically recommended as a prospective board member of United Partners for Human Services (UPHS). I was the UPHS board president and heard from several people that Louis was a dynamic new ED and that he would make a good board member. Sure enough, Louis execu ti ve di recto r joined the UPHS board soon Bi g Bro thers Bi g after and immediately became an active board member and Si sters o f the Bi g B en d leader in our association. During the past few years I’ve worked with Louis on boards and committees and also met his wife. He and Courtenay have two young boys, who keep them busy on the home front in addition to their mutual work in the human service field (she works at the United Way of the Big Bend). I’m always struck by his commitment to young people and his outgoing and innovative approaches. Louis is regularly involved in community events, especially where there are young professionals who he likes to recruit as his Big Brothers and Big Sisters. He is creative and always percolating ideas about how to raise funds, increase mentors and utilize technology. Louis knows that when you work with youth, you better know how to text and relate to them through Facebook and other social media. I believe Louis will continue to bring his organization to greater heights and improve the lives of many young people in our community.

Louis Garcia

Nicklaus has served as president of 2-1-1 Big Bend for 26 years. During his tenure, the nonprofit telephone counseling and referral service has grown from a $200,000 annual budget to more than $1.2 million, providing hotline programs that serve Florida as well as the Big Bend region. May–June 2012


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I can’t tell you how many times and on how many different occasions Chris has taken over, led and directed conversations with my inner circle, Cabinet members, legislators and policy wonks. By Gov. Rick Scott Before I first met Chris, my chief of staff told me he was the “smartest person you’ve never met.” I think about that a lot now, and in the Executive Office of the Governor, that’s how we introduce him sometimes. First some background on this 27-year-old Wunderkind and his meteoric rise. Chris graduated from the University of Florida in 2006 and began service to the State of Florida as the legislative aide to Rep. Bryan Nelson. He went on to serve as deputy chief of staff for Senate President Mike Haridopolos and O f f ic e of t h e currently serves as both my deputy chief of staff and chief policy advisor. In his current position, Chris is responsible for advising me on all policy issues, coordinating the Governor’s legislative affairs activities, overseeing the Governor’s Office of Policy & Budget, the Communications office and the Washington, D.C. office.   On a personal level, Chris is quiet and self-effacing. He is not only wise beyond his years but he is organized, hardworking and articulate. I can’t tell you how many times and on how many different occasions Chris has taken over, led and directed conversations with my inner circle, Cabinet members, legislators and policy wonks. He catches people off guard because he is older than he looks, but even at 27, he is better read and more experienced than one would think.  It has been my good fortune to work with literally hundreds of people in the private sector and now in the public sector. As a CEO of a company or the governor of the state, it is critical to be able to identify good people, understand their talents and strengths and make sure those abilities are applied in the right way to help advance one’s overall mission. Every once in a while, I’ve come across an exceptional individual who has helped me succeed and who goes on to be a success themselves. Chris Finkbeiner is such a person. There is no doubt in my mind that he will go on to achieve great things and I’ll be happy that I had the chance to serve the State of Florida with Chris by my side.

A political newcomer, Scott became Florida’s 45th governor in 2011 after running on a platform based on creating jobs and turning around the state economy. He served in the U.S. Navy, has degrees in business administration and the law, and co-founded Columbia Hospital Corporation, which would later merge with Hospital Corporation of America and become the largest for-profit health care company in the U.S.

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[ Music ]

She knows the true power of music to lift the human condition. By Del Suggs

It’s easy to rave about Sarah Mac and her remarkable talent. She has the vocal power and delivery that is frequently compared to Janis Joplin or Joan Osbourne, while her writing style may be closer to Joni Mitchell with its blues and jazz undertones. Her band is solid and accomplished. You won’t find many guitarists who can approach the caliber of Charlie Vanture, or a bass player with the solid chops of Claire Swindell. There is nobody around playing the soulful rock sound that makes the Sarah Mac Band so unique and fresh. So why do I love Sarah? Sarah Mac gets it. Tallahassee has a long-standing tradition of benefit concerts. It goes back way before “We Are The World” and LiveAid back in 1985.  It is — unfortunately — the way we support many of our community organizations, including human services, the arts, social justice, environmental action and more. Without local musicians willing to donate their art, an awful lot of good causes would be unfunded in Tallahassee. Sarah Mac gets it. In the early 1980s, Steve Meisburg set the example with m u si ci an his wonderful concerts to fund 211 Big Bend (then called Telephone Counseling and Referral Service). After Steve was elected to the Tallahassee City Commission, I picked up the baton. I’ve been involved in hundreds of local events, which raised thousands of dollars for the Red Cross, Big Bend Hospice, the Tallahassee Museum, John Paul II High School, Save the Manatee, Habitat for Humanity and more. These are all important causes that deserve funding. Sarah Mac gets it. Over the last several years, Sarah Mac and I have done some of these events together. More importantly, she has lately done far more local fundraisers than me, as my touring has kept me away. She knows how important it is to help provide for the less fortunate in our community, to take care of the elderly and the children, to protect the environment and preserve this place that we love and call home. She makes it happen. She gives back joyfully. She helps out with grace. She knows the true power of music to lift the human condition. Sarah Mac gets it.

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An award-winning singer/songwriter and guitarist, Suggs is a voting member of the Recording Academy (The Grammy Awards), a three-time nominee for the “Harry Chapin Award for Contributions to Humanity” and a member of the National Campus Entertainment Hall of Fame. He also presents leadership development programs at colleges and universities. His latest book is “Truly Leading: Lessons in Leadership.” May–June 2012


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Tommy Cooper, 20, artist ➤ Introduced by Ron Yrabedra, artist and Florida A&M University professor of Art Education

Michael Robinson, 36, wealth management advisor and Certified Financial Planner with Merrill Lynch ➤ Introduced by John R. Lewis, former Florida State University professor, entrepreneur, investor

Lilly Rockwell, 28, associate editor of Florida Trend magazine ➤ Introduced by Linda Kleindienst, editor of 850 Business Magazine

Heather Turnbull, 37, vice president and government consultant, The Rubin Group ➤ Introduced by Brian Ballard, president of Ballard Partners

Erica Villanueva, 29, account manager, Ron Sachs Communications ➤ Introduced by Rick Oppenheim, CEO RB Oppenheim Associates

I first saw Tommy Cooper’s work when I was the judge of the Mahaska Whitley Senior Art Exhibition at LeMoyne Center for the Visual Arts several years ago. His art stood out above all the rest. He drew in ink, using stippling and delicate lines on paper and on a pair of canvas tennis shoes as well as maps of the coast and a number of portraits. It’s a rare thing that I look at a young person’s work and think, ‘I wish I had drawn that.’ ”

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Tested in the fire of extremely volatile markets over the last decade, Mike has proven to be more than up to the challenge. He is a student of the art of investing and unusually astute in the worlds of investments and wealth management, while remaining personable, accommodating and balanced beyond his years.”

Lilly cut her reporting teeth on the Florida Legislature, a tough assignment for a veteran — much less a college intern. Since then she has proved herself to be one of the best in her field, a good writer who has a good nose for news and knows how to go after it. With her focus on telling both sides of each story, she always keeps her reader foremost in mind — a skill many in the news business have lost.”

Heather is outstanding, probably the hardest-working person in the Capitol. We share a lot of clients. In this business, if you have more than a handful of clients, you have to be a quick study on a diverse range of subject matters. It could be electric rates, health care or pari-mutuels, all of which we have worked together on. I’m impressed with her ability to get up to speed in an hour on a subject — and her access to members (of the Legislature) is incredible. She’s as good as it gets.”

Erica is one of Tallahassee’s brightest PR stars, with skills and savvy that transcend her years. She is a sharp strategist who played an instrumental role in managing a political-issue campaign recognized as the best PR program in the state in 2009. Her leadership in our local PR community will be rewarded this August when she becomes one of the youngest presidents in the past 74 years of the Capital Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association. Her energy, intellect, instincts and talents give us great hope for the future of our profession.”





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Brandice Dickson, 40, shareholder, Pennington Moore Wilkinson Bell & Dunbar ➤ Introduced by Cynthia Tunnicliff, shareholder, Pennington Moore Wilkinson Bell & Dunbar

Tyler Huston, 27, financial advisor/ college unit director, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network ➤ Introduced by Paula Fortunas, president and CEO of The TMH Foundation

Catherine Cortese, 32, graduate student ➤ Introduced by Julianna Baggott, author and associate professor in creative writing at Florida State University

Christie Orros, 33, sales associate, Coldwell Banker Hartung & Noblin ➤ Introduced by Virginia Glass, Realtor, Coldwell Banker Hartung & Noblin

Hudson Swafford, 24, pro golfer ➤ Introduced by Becky Sauers, LPGA golf professional and director of the Classical School of Golf

JaSun Burdick, 32, physics teacher, SAIL High School ➤ Introduced by Rosanne Wood, SAIL High School principal 1978–2010 and currently an education consultant for Reform Works, Inc.

Brandi graduated from FSU’s law school magna cum laude and, while wellschooled in the law, she addresses problems with good walking-around sense. She is articulate, writes well and is a good editor for others. Brandi is respected by her peers and has taken a real leadership role in the firm.”

Tallahassee Memorial’s NeuroScience Center will benefit in both the short term and the ultimate long term from Tyler’s abiding devotion to his parents. That loving sentiment is underscored by his sense of concern for the greater good. Tyler’s father fell into a coma because of a traumatic brain injury at the age of 26, when Tyler was only two years old. Tyler established the Ralph T. and Donna M. Huston Family Endowment with the TMH Foundation to positively influence the research and education focus on brain and spinal cord injuries.”

Katie Cortese is an ambitious novelist. She’s just acquired an agent for a young adult novel, and she’s finishing a draft of a 600-page literary drama about a family of Italian immigrants in Boston during the early part of the 1900s. Currently the editor of The Southeast Review and a Ph.D. candidate in Creative Writing at Florida State University, Katie’s career is one to watch.”

Since the beginning of my career 47 years ago, I have tried to maintain a personalized ‘high touch’ with clients while keeping pace with changes that, with the advent of the Internet in the last decade, have come at lightning speed. My image of the ‘nextgeneration Realtor’ is one who is very tech savvy like my colleague, Christie Orros, who in just seven years has become a member of the Top 1 Percent Club in Production of the Tallahassee Board of Realtors. She takes advantage of all the social media available, is engaged in our community and still manages to grow her business in challenging times.”

Hudson played golf at Maclay and went on to the University of Georgia, where he was All American and considered one of the top college players in the country. He missed qualifying for the U.S. Open in 2010 by only one shot. He is now on the Nationwide tour, and I think he will be the first junior golfer from Tallahassee to make it on the PGA tour. He’s a fantastic young man. He is highly respected, and I think he’ll go far. He’s a very accomplished golfer.”

Burdick’s Robotics team just built a 111-pound robot that threw a basketball more than 40 feet. They proudly placed seventh out of 63 teams at the FIRST Orlando Regional competition, but, more importantly, they are totally hooked on physics and engineering for life. JaSun understands the deepest learning takes place when students are challenged and actively engaged in solving real-life problems." May–June 2012



Pets tallahassee magazine’s

… And Their People Presenting Sponsor

All Pets (and their People) were invited to Tallahassee Magazine’s ninth annual Pets and Their People event at Proctor Subaru March 3. Proctor Subaru generously donated a 2012 Subaru Outback to the Leon County Humane Society (LCHS). All attendees received a 5 x 7 inch photo with their furry friends provided by USA Photo. There were also gift bags from Petco, demonstrations from Southeast K-9 Search and Rescue, on-site adoptions, and nail clipping and discounted microchipping vouchers from the LCHS. Congratulations to Donna Graves, who won a $500 shopping spree to Petco. Sonny’s BBQ catered the event and all proceeds benefited LCHS. Pet-friendly Lucy and Leo’s Cupcakery provided a variety of cupcakes all day with flavors like Cookies’N Cream, Red Velvet and Mint Chocolate. Aloft Hotel partnered with Tallahassee Magazine to give away a Pet-Friendly Weekend that included a two-night stay at Aloft Hotel and a $50 gift card to Kool Beanz restaurant. Congratulations to John Kellejian for winning this fantastic package!

NEW ADDITION Mike Whelan and Lindsay Collins are the proud new

parents of Bradley, a puppy they adopted from the Humane Society just minutes before their first photo together.

PICTURE PERFECT Ed and Audrey Puletz pose so effortlessly with their beautiful dog, Lillie.

PHOTOS: Jeb McVittie, USA Photo.

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HOT DOG Rodney, Alice and Amanda Floyd seem to prefer the daschund breed, and Boston and Nola don’t seem to mind.

BEST HARIDO Mary Helena Allen

was clearly prepared for Thelma’s Chocolate Angel’s debut — what a good­‑looking poodle!

SPUNKIEST Up, up Gracie! Judy is so proud of her animated little friend.

BEST SMILE Kirk and Alexis Donahoe

have winning smiles, but Romeo has them beat — look at that excitement!

MOST HUGGABLE Brittany Baugher seems to already know that sometimes our furry friends, like Max, give the best hugs. May–June 2012




… And Their People

FULL OF FLUFF Pom is not just a fluffy

friend; Hannah Jackson says there’s a whole lot of character under all that furrrr.

TOO CUTE We don’t know who is cuter, Skyler Bryant or Shitzu/Yorkie Mix, Shorkie!

PUPPY LOVE There is nothing like a puppy’s affection, just ask

Emma and Rachel Jarvis and Kaylie and Tyler Hearn. They can’t get enough of Chelsea, Courtney, Bindy and Shadow.

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FURRY FELINE Persian cat, Pepper, is

lucky to have a friend like Raven Harvey.

CAMERA HAM Great Dane, Jade, was trying to get some attention. Owners Sandra and Michael Smith seem amused, but English Bulldog Sam, is not impressed.

SEAFOOD! How and where to dine like a native

Also inside Updates on real estate, wildlife, business, fishing and events along the coast

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Franklin County Upcoming Events and Activities

Franklin County Tourist Development Council, 1-866-914-2068 (toll free), 1-850/653-8678 (Fran Edwards) P.O. Box 819, Apalachicola, FL 32329

Apalachicola Historic Home Tour May 5

May Events Forgotten Coast Plein Air Invitational Franklin and Gulf Counties May 3–13 Acclaimed artists gather to capture the Forgotten Coast on canvas. Historic Apalachicola Home & Garden Tour May 4–5 Featuring century-old homes in historic Apalachicola. Crooked River Lighthouse Full Moon Climb Crooked River Lighthouse, Carrabelle Beach May 5 Climb historic lighthouse during full moon, activities, Movies at the Park Cape St George Lighthouse Full Moon Climb Cape St. George Lighthouse, St. George Island May 6 Watch the sun set and the full moon rise from the top of the Cape St. George Lighthouse June Events Crooked River Lighthouse Full Moon Climb Crooked River Lighthouse, Carrabelle Beach June 3 Climb historic lighthouse during full moon, activities, Movies at the Park Cape St George Lighthouse Full Moon Climb Cape St. George Lighthouse, St. George Island June 4 Watch the sun set and the full moon rise from the top of the Cape St. George Lighthouse St. George Island Mullet Toss June 9 Annual SGI beach event. Throw mullet for a charity cause - prizes, family-fun event.

St. George Island Mullet Toss May 9

Visit for a complete calendar of events for the area. Forgotten coast 2012


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Deadhead logging pricey but worth it

Splashing for Dollars There’s gold in the pitch-black waters

of Northwest Florida. It’s in the form of long-forgotten timber — “deadhead” logs — lost and submerged for decades, maybe even a century. These ancient logs can fetch a pretty penny for the enterprising entrepreneur. It’s an addicting search, but collecting them is like stepping back in time. “I’m finishing what another logger started maybe 100 years ago. I love the history behind it,” said logger Travis French, who lives in Caryville, just west of Bonifay on the Choctawhatchee River. French worked the river for logs for 10 years as a member of another crew, but went into business himself about four years ago. Deadhead logging is an expensive business to get into, and it’s risky — both financially and physically. French pays $6,000 a year for all the necessary permits. But if you like the great outdoors, digging around underwater, and possibly tangling with snakes, alligators and even bull sharks, this is the gig for you. Some loggers, like Coleman A table made by Woodland Cabinet Mackie of Tallahassee, have only Company from a cypress log recovbeen in the business for a few ered by North Florida Native Woods. short years, but are tantalized all the same by the promise of finding that one perfect log. Mackie’s North Florida Native Woods is one of several companies that searches the rivers of the Forgotten Coast and North Florida for old-growth pine and cypress, recovers 4

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them from the depths and then sells them. The average price for cypress is $2 per board foot, and the average price for yellow pine is $3, but that can vary depending on how good the log is and how tight the wood grain is. What makes these logs so precious and marketable? They’re sturdy and desirable. The lumber’s fine, tight grain is highly valued for its beauty, and the ancient cypress logs are especially resistant to insects and rot. “This is old-growth timber. That’s what makes it so unique,” Mackie said. “You’ll never see anything like it again. It grew up in the virgin forests of Florida. The tightness of the grain and the diameter of the heartwood is the characteristic that makes it an upper-echelon material, and it’s a finite resource. Every time you take a log out, there is never another one going in.” It’s unknown just how finite a resource these logs are. “There’s no way of knowing how much is left,” said French. “The river bottoms change season to season. You have to keep checking the same spot over and over because the river is constantly moving and changing. But one day they’ll all be gone. And they’re going to become more valuable as demand goes up while supply goes down.” Determining the cost of an “average” tree depends on the market. When asked how the cost of deadhead, or “sinker,” lumber compares to “normal” lumber, Luke Taunton of Taunton Sawmill in Wewahitchka said, “I’ve sold it anywhere from $1.50 (a board foot) to $5 for custom beams.” French has sold some deadhead lumber for $8 a board foot, which

PhotoS by Scott Holstein

By Jason Dehart

in the timber business is a square section 12 inches by 12 inches and an inch thick. A board that’s 1-inch thick, 12 inches wide and 8 feet long can fetch $64. But they don’t all sell for that much, he said, explaining, “It depends on the cypress. It has various colors: gold, black, red. The minerals in the water give the wood a patina. No two are the same.” Only a handful of entrepreneurs in North Florida are permitted by the state to remove these “deadhead” logs and sell them, according to Sara Merritt, environmental specialist at the Department of Environmental Protection and supervisor of the state’s deadhead logging program. “Yes, this activity can get expensive and has become rather risky in such a depressed market. But since I have been in charge of the program for the past 8 years, there are really only a handful of reasons people seem to get involved,” Merritt said. “I believe the main reason for their choice of this career is that it is ‘in their blood’ so to speak. Many of these loggers have historical ties to logging and are just following in the footsteps of their fathers, grandfathers, great-grandfathers.”

Coleman Mackie (standing, above) and Todd Bevis find “gold” as they work the Crooked River in Franklin County for submerged cypress and pine logs. As a logger, Travis French (left) enjoys finding history beneath the water. “I’m finishing what another logger started maybe 100 years ago,” said French.

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Florida law says anything found in state waters is considered state property, so authorization for deadhead logging activities is given through state permits and use agreements. Here’s where it gets expensive: The required dredge and fill permit application fee costs between $710 and $830, and the Use Agreement annual fee is $5,500. Plus, each logger is required to have liability insurance while their Use Agreement is valid. During the application process, the applicant needs to provide GPS points for the proposed logging location, photos of the landing site and recovery vessels, landing authorization and an archeological survey if required. Plus, a permit holder is required to attend a course and receive a Master Deadhead Logger certificate. “It’s almost like hunting for gold,” said Mackie, who dives for logs on the Forgotten Coast’s Crooked River, Carrabelle River and

finds a log that has a stamp, he slices off that end and preserves it. There are all kinds of symbols and emblems. Sometimes a logger would just leave his initials. “It makes you wonder who that feller was who chopped his initials in that log,” he said. Long leaf pine and cypress forests covered more than 90 million acres of the Southeast and rivaled cotton as a product in the 18th and 19th centuries. But much of the forests were logged extensively from the late 1800s on up through the early 20th century, and it was a common sight to see rafts of logs floating along the rivers of the Florida Panhandle. Rivers were the transportation corridors of choice back then, because roads in this region were poor or non-existent. If a river wasn’t handy, the loggers would make their own waterways in the form of canals. A tough breed of loggers carefully guided the logs downriver to sawmills or places where they could be pulled out and put on railroad cars for shipment to other locations. Sometimes, if a log hadn’t been left to dry out enough or had too much sap in it, it would sink into the depths. The DEP’s Office of Submerged Lands and Environmental Resources says that about 10 percent of logs were lost before they could reach their destination. These submerged logs are called “deadheads,” and the practice of retrieving these old logs is called “deadhead logging.” According to the Florida DEP, there’s no telling how long deadhead loggers will be pulling old timber from the river bottoms because there’s no way of knowing just how many deadhead logs there are. Since the program began in 1999, a total of 20,884 logs have been reported as removed from waters of the state. The majority of those logs have been yellow pine and cypress. Deadhead logging has had an on-again, off-again history in Florida. Before 1974, the state authorized these kinds of logging activities through an agreement, lease and permit. But in 1974, a moratorium was placed on deadhead logging in Florida. In late 1998, the practice was once again permitted, but a year later was suspended again. In 2000, deadhead logging regulations were reconsidered and the state started to issue new permits. Deadhead logging involves working underwater with heavy equipment to lift cypress logs that can be as much as four or five feet wide, and it can be fraught with dangers. French said he does most of the diving in his crew, and likens it to crawling rather than swimming. The current on the Choctawhatchee is too strong to fight, he said, and getting trapped by fallen tree limbs and other debris is a real possibility. “You’ve got to have self-control in 20 feet of water and not panic,” he said. “The water is so swift you have to stay on the bottom, and be careful about not getting hung up underwater. It’s not like diving in open water. You have to crawl along the bottom … and hope you don’t feel something that moves.”

Ochlockonee River. “You can find hundreds of trees and they’ll be average pines, but then you’ll find one that’s all curly and you pay yourself back and more.” It can definitely be a feast or famine business. “Sometimes you’re doing really well because you’re finding people to buy stuff, but it’s hard right now because people aren’t doing a lot,” he said. “But we’re happy to be doing this, because the wood is absolutely beautiful, and I have confidence the product itself will pay off in time because of the history and rarity of it.” French, on the other hand, doesn’t do it for the money so much as the thrill of finding another historical object hidden away in the river. Some logs he’s found have hand-hewn pegs driven into them, proof that they were hooked together in a massive log raft. Those are logs he won’t sell because of their historical meaning. “You think about a man with a draw knife and an axe, and that’s all he had to work with. They were handling logs that we couldn’t move today with the equipment we have,” he said. “But somehow they moved enormous logs across the swamp, down the river and sent it to the mill.” French said that back in the day, loggers would actually brand their logs, like cattlemen branding livestock. Once a tree was felled they’d take a hammer and stamp their particular mark into the end of the log. One logging company in particular, the McCaskill Timber Company of Walton County, had 20 different logging crews working their acreage, and different brands were used to identify whose logs were whose. “I’ve got a pretty good collection of them,” said French. When he


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“This is old-growth timber. That’s what makes it so unique. You’ll never see anything like it again. It grew up in the virgin forests of Florida. … Every time you take a log out, there is never another one going in.” — Coleman Mackie, North Florida Native Woods

Every Month…Something new to delight you. Our galleries, shops and restaurants invite you to an array of special activities with most merchants staying open until 8pm

APRIL 14 “GET ON BOARD” SECOND SATURDAY Celebrate Apalachicola’s Maritime History and extraordinary seafood May 12 “PAINT THE TOWN” SECOND SATURDAY Witness the beauty of our area as it is captured on canvas by world class artists June 9 “CATCH THE BUZZ” SECOND SATURDAY Honoring Tupelo Honey and how the bees sweeten and enrich our lives July 14 “VIVE LA FRANCE” BASTILLE DAY SECOND SATURDAY Dance under the stars and enjoy the special nod to our historical ties to France. August 11 “COOL IT ” SECOND SATURDAY – MONTH OF ICE Join us as we salute Dr John Gorrie; the man who brought the ice to ice cream, the snow to snow cones, and the cool to our hot, hot summers.

VISIT or call 1-855-APALACH for the most up to date schedule of events.

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Apalachee Bay, Apalachicola Bay and St. Joseph Bay remain some of the best sources of fresh, nutritious seafood, and Wakulla, Franklin and Gulf counties are well known for their seafood hangouts, restaurants and eateries. Forgotten Coast writers picked, at random, a restaurant from each of these coastal counties and sampled their atmosphere and cuisine. Here are their impressions for your consideration.

At the relatively upscale Owl Cafe in Franklin County, window seats overlook the nearby Apalachicola River.

The Owl Café

Apalachicola in Franklin County

Culinary Delights By Jason DeharT & Chuck Simpson

There’s a special something about the Forgotten Coast most folks can’t get enough of. It may be the fishing or the boating, or the majestic lighthouses rising above the blackjack oaks and dunes, the pristine white beaches of Carrabelle or a combination of all of the above. Also, it’s the laid-back attitude and the sense that time operates on a different schedule here. And what better way to enjoy this slower pace than to sit back with friends and family enjoying coastal seafood dishes that come straight from the source: the vast richness of the Gulf of Mexico. 8

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Spring Creek Restaurant

Southeast of Crawfordville in Wakulla County If you’re looking for a local dining establishment with lots of Old Florida feel and sits off the beaten path, set your sights on Spring Creek Restaurant. Located some 25 miles south of Tallahassee in the small, out-of-the-way fishing village of Spring Creek, this family-owned

Photo by jason dehart

Forgotten Coast food is natural, fresh and scrumptious

A day spent in Apalachicola feels like a mini-vacation. Time seems to have no meaning here. The historic downtown commercial district makes for a relaxing stroll, and when you’re hungry there are establishments in several strategic places and corners. The Owl Café is one of the more upscale restaurants in this classic old fishing port and is located on the corner of Avenue D and Commerce Street. Walk through the door and the first thing you’ll see is a gift shop, the Stuffed Owl. This is a kitchen store you won’t want to pass up; be sure to visit before going upstairs to eat or on the way down after you’ve gorged yourself on fried shrimp or penne pasta. If you are of single-minded focus, though, head right upstairs and grab a table before the noontime lunch crowds start to gather (The café opens at 11 a.m. and closes at 10 p.m. Monday through Friday; on weekends it opens at 8 a.m. and serves brunch). The dining rooms of the café aren’t fancy, but clean, classy and elegant. Tablecloths (and paper drop cloths) are white, as are the plates, coffee mugs and creamer pitchers. Tables seat up to four; window seats accommodate two diners and overlook the nearby Apalachicola River. The café has a long wine list to compliment your meal, including French whites, Spanish reds, Merlot, Champagne and a host of others. There’s also a respectable list of beer, including, appropriately, Cotleigh Tawny Owl and Cotleigh Barn Owl. Appetizers at The Owl range in price from $5 for the soup of the day to $11.50 for lump American blue crab cakes, while salads go for $8 for a classic Caesar Salad to $14 for the same salad but with crab cakes added. Sandwiches are $7.75 to $13, and lunch entrees range from $10.50 to $16.50. A decent little meal of seven large, Gulf shrimp (fried up in a crunchy and flavorful peanut/canola oil blend) with house salad, sauces and fries, plus coffee, came out to $19 and some change. The Owl is a great place to host social or business gatherings. Check out The Wine Room, which features its own elegant restaurant seating and a full-service, old-time bar with hundreds of beverage selections to choose from.

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At the Indian Pass Raw eatery has been serving up locally Bar in Gulf County, you caught and home-cooked seafood won’t find the tables since 1977. covered with fancy This fine family restaurant makes tablecloths, but they are stocked with the proper you feel right at home. At the same condiments, paper time, it’s a restaurant on a mission to towels and plenty of preserve a way of life. Step inside, and saltine crackers. you get the feeling you’ve stepped into a museum. Framed black-andwhite photographs of fishermen past, along with other artwork, grace the wood-lined walls, and your gaze is drawn toward a large mural and limestone fireplace in the front dining room. Outside, a mullet boat — of the kind drydocked by infamous 1995 net ban — contains a marker describing its capabilities and laments the loss of a way of life crucial to many families. This lifestyle is chronicled in a two-volume set of books called the “Spring Creek Chronicles” by Leo Lovel, who recounts growing up fishing, hunting and making a living in Old Florida. Despite legislative setbacks and other tightening restrictions, the Lovel family keeps doing what it does best: serving up great seafood dishes produced locally, either from their own boats or other local fishermen. We’re talking mullet, softshell crab and shrimp, but there’s a landlubber component of the menu here, which also features ribeye steak and handmade hamburgers. They say that there’s something for everyone here at Spring Creek Restaurant, so take your pick: Spring Creek crab cakes, bacon-wrapped shrimp, shrimp and crab chowder, catfish, hushpuppies and cheese grits. Or, they’ll cook your own cleaned catch for $12 a person. As you take a seat near one of the decorated bay windows you may notice something different on the table. Ball canning jars hold bacon bits and croutons, and a stately, unmarked opaque wine bottle contains the special house buttermilk ranch salad dressing. Warm rolls and garlic butter are placed before you, and the house salad is a do-it-yourself “kit” consisting of a wedge of lettuce, cucumber slices, scallions and cherry tomatoes. Both salads and dinners are served on heavy pewter-like metal plates, which is something you don’t see at just any restaurant these days. Spring Creek serves up a good variety of homemade meals. A shrimp dinner complete with cheese grits (at just the right consistency), tasty hushpuppies, salad and sweet tea costs $21 while a catfish dinner with the same sides comes in at $15. A slice of yummy homemade coconut cream pie is enough for two people and costs about $5. But you can also get a slice of chocolate peanut butter pie or key lime for the same price.

Indian Pass Raw Bar

Photo by chuck simpson

Junction of Indian Pass Road and Hwy. C-30 in Gulf County Nestled like an oyster in its bed, the Indian Pass Raw Bar is another monument to the past and this region’s traditional way of life. Locals call it the “Raw Bar,” and there’s nothing fancy or splashy about this place. It’s casual dining at its most casual, like hanging out at your buddy’s house next door. Here, you won’t find the tables covered with fancy tablecloths, but they are stocked with the proper condiments, paper towels and plenty of saltine crackers. Expect to be greeted by a friendly face and a cheerful “sit where you want,” which means grab a table or park it at the bar. If you’re thirsty, choose a

beverage from the large, stocked cooler covering the back wall, or draw a beer from one of the taps on the wall. Once your cool beverage of choice is selected, sit back, relax and enjoy a local history lesson from one of the Raw Bar’s employees. This warm, inviting, family-friendly atmosphere is comfortable and reminiscent of a simpler time. There is no extensive menu and, of course, the house specialty is fresh local oysters. Eat them on the half-shell: raw, steamed or baked. The recipe consists of lemon juice, garlic, butter and special seasonings, but the “full” recipe is a closely guarded state secret. However, you won’t find fresher oysters; they literally slept in the water last night. For those who aren’t in the mood (or have liver conditions that preclude the consumption of raw, succulent bivalves), try the steamed shrimp, stuffed shrimp or a bowl of gumbo. It’s all good! If seafood isn’t an option, a limited selection of non-seafood items is served. The origins of this family-run business date back to the early 1900s when owner Jim McNeill’s grandparents ran the store as a commissary and company store for the local turpentine industry. The building still stands in the same location as it has since 1929 when the highway was built. For many folks, the Raw Bar has become a must-do stop on trips to the Forgotten Coast. Visitors have come from all over the map, literally (look for the map with the pushpins and notes). They’ve all taken a little bit of the local culture away in the form of a memory. So, the next time you’re traveling along the Forgotten Coast in Gulf County and on your way to somewhere, or nowhere — do yourself a favor; slow down and take a load off at the Raw Bar.

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The Florida black bear makes a comeback

Good News Bears B y L a u r a B r a dl e y

They’re spotted as fleeting dark shadows along the roads, woods and beaches of the Forgotten Coast and live their lives despite the encroachment of people and development. In fact, the Florida black bear may actually be thriving in parts of Northwest Florida, thanks (or no thanks) to our garbage cans and birdfeeders. Florida black bears have made a strong comeback since they were placed on the state threatened species list in 1974. There are currently more of these animals around than at any time in the past 100 years and, thanks to their population growth, there’s a good chance they’ll be taken off the list in June. That means people are going to be seeing more and more of them in the near future, and we will have to learn to live with them. “This is a really interesting time for bears in Florida,” said David Telesco, bear management program coordinator for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. “I think we’re moving into a situation where a lot of us, especially 12

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states in the Southeast, are having a lot of bears.” Telesco said the population growth has changed the philosophy of conservationists. “It used to be strictly ‘recover, recover,’ and now it’s ‘How do we live with the bears we have, and try to reduce the conflicts that people have with them?’,” he said. Bears have a far-reaching, positive impact on the environment. They’re an “umbrella” species with an important role in the local ecosystem. Their presence supports many other species and helps keep our forests and swamps in a natural balance. Florida black bears aren’t exactly particular when it comes to their environment, but they prefer heavily forested areas. More than 1,000 call the Ocala National Forest home, making that region the most heavily populated area. But there are seven other population centers: The Apalachicola National Forest and Eglin Air Force Base in Northwest Florida, as well as Big Cypress National Preserve, Osceola National Forest, the St.

Johns River near St. Augustine, Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge, and portions of Glades and Highlands Counties. These are places where the bears can traditionally be found, said Telesco, and their expansion in these areas is a natural result of conservation efforts. “A lot of the efforts that were made before were to allow bears where they existed historically to expand in these areas — and allow that population growth,” he said. Bears in Florida may not necessarily hibernate, but they do slow down their behavior and seek dens in the winter. They take shelter in ground nests, thickets and fallen branches. Pregnant females den from December to April and can emerge with two cubs. Other bears den as necessary, based on what food is available, and can go into a deep sleep from which they can be roused easily. A black bear’s diet is 80 percent nuts, fruits, vegetables and saw palmetto berries. They will also eat bugs for protein, and small mammals on occasion. As people steadily develop communities within their habitat, though, the bears also have taken an opportunistic liking to pet food, birdseed and garbage. These are fast and easy food resources and what primarily leads to humanbear encounters. “They can smell a mile away, literally, so they pick up the scent of food,” Telesco said. “Now, granted, we wouldn’t consider garbage food, but there’s plenty of calories in the garbage that we put out, and that gives off a scent. So, they’ll go and they’ll knock over the garbage can and rummage through there. The reality is, even if there’s good

Photo COURTESY Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Florida black bears aren’t exactly particular when it comes to their environment, but they prefer heavily forested areas.

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food in the forest, the bears can get a lot more calories with a lot less effort if they knock over a garbage can to get it.” Florida black bears are generally not aggressive. They’re actually quite timid, and will run away from humans. However, the increased frequency of encounters is beginning to change bears’ behavior. Like alligators, bears lose their natural fear of humans when people feed them and allow them easy access to food. This decreased fear makes the animal more daring, and as a result they put themselves in harm’s way. Although the biggest threat is loss of habitat, the majority of deaths are caused by vehicle collisions. How humans react to the bears they encounter is crucial in defining spaces for them, and keeping both sides safe. Why can’t a problem Telesco said that people bear simply be relocated should be firm with bears that back to the wilderness? come around looking for snacks. According to the FWC, once “If it’s your yard, what you bears lose their fear of people, they can’t go back to being want to do is let the bear know wild again. Habituated and that it’s your yard, and they’re not food-conditioned bears are welcome,” he said. “So if you’re often killed, either by vehicle in your house, on your porch or collisions, illegal shooting or next to your car, you yell at them, by wildlife officers to keep you beat your horn, you bang pots the community safe. It’s and pans and let them know that getting harder to find tracts they’re not welcome. For a wild of wilderness remote enough to ensure that human-bear bear, that’s pretty scary.” contact won’t happen. Besides, On the other hand, humans a relocated bear doesn’t know become the intruder when they he’s not supposed to leave venture into the bears’ wilderness. the new area. He may like his So if you are out hiking in the old neighborhood enough to woods and come across a black return to it, or leave an area bear, respect the animal’s space already occupied by other bears. Unfortunately, if a and back out quietly. bear isn’t familiar with a new “If you’re in the woods, that’s area he may wind up crossing their backyard,” Telesco said. a busy road, endangering “So you back off, you back away, himself and motorists. Even if you have your arms in the air a bear stays in the relocation and you just talk softly and make area, more than likely he’ll sure the bear knows they have exhibit the same behavior that an easy way out and you’re not got him relocated to begin with. As a result, relocation threatening to them.” is not an effective solution to The Florida black bear is a bear conflicts. state-protected species, and it’s a third-degree felony to kill one. The penalty is up to five years in jail and/or a $5,000 fine, and the perpetrator will have it on his or her record for life. Also, it’s illegal to feed bears, whether intentionally or not. This can include such seemingly harmless acts as always leaving garbage unsecured. “The best thing you can do, if you can do it, is to keep that garbage can secure either in the garage or in a sturdy shed until the morning of pickup,” said Telesco. And, if you have pet feeders or bird feeders outside, make sure they aren’t left out overnight, and in some cases, they should be put up during the day. Bear-proof garbage containers are available in many counties with high bear populations. If you don’t have a public waste management provider, bear-proof containers can be purchased online or through hardware supply stores such as Home Depot and Lowe’s.

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Mullet are plentiful, but Florida’s net ban CHANGED FOREVER the livelihood of local fishermen

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Angie Mercer owns and runs Angie’s Marine Supply in Panacea. She’s been in the 14

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business for most of her life and used to fish with her grandfather, back when, she says, “we might throw out 1,000 yards. Now you can only use 500 square feet. And it has to be only a 1-inch square, period. And it has to be nylon, it can’t be monofilament, like we used to use.” So Mercer can say with pretty good authority the effect the net ban has had on local fisheries. “It was major,” she says. “My company probably got stuck with $50,000 worth of net.” Mercer echoes the voices of fishermen who’ve complained to law enforcement for years that the mesh in the nylon nets they’re now forced to use is so small that “it’s really trashed the ecosystem.” “There are more mullet than there have ever been, of course, because you can’t catch

A man stands motionless with his net as he waits for mullet to get close enough to cast for dinner at Shell Point Beach along the Forgotten Coast in Wakulla County.

them,” Mercer says. “Mullet and redfish are eating the baby crabs, and there’s so many now that the baby crabs aren’t getting enough time to grow up. They’re depleting the baby stock before it has time to get bigger.” Jonas Porter, who has been fishing in Wakulla County for more than 60 years, is one of those fishermen severely affected by the net ban, who calls the nylon nets “detrimental to the fishing industry because they catch a lot of the smaller fry in the mesh. So they have a lot of waste, a lot of kill.”

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that swims at Doug’s Seafood Truck on St. George Island — scallops, tuna, grouper, several different sizes of Gulf shrimp scooped out of the water that morning. Anything, that is, but mullet. You can walk over to the other side of the island and see their shiny, grey, oblong bodies jumping out of the still waters of Apalachicola Bay, but they’re not listed on the chalkboard menu of the many fish Doug’s has to offer. Mullet are either a delicacy or a trash fish, depending on whom you talk to. They’re bony, so they don’t make a good sandwich. Those who know how to split them carefully remove the backbone and spread the mild white f lesh on a cracker. Mullet are plentiful everywhere yearround, in both fresh and salt waters, in the creeks and bays of Wakulla, Franklin and Gulf counties. And yet, at the same time, they can be maddeningly hard to find. Blame the net ban. The 1995 constitutional amendment outlawed the monofilament “gill” nets fishermen had used for years, limiting them to nylon nets of no more than 500 square feet, used one at a time, mostly in shallow water. The ban was designed to preserve the severely overfished mullet habitat. It changed the mullet fishing business forever. Sixteen years later, it looks to the casual observer like the mullet are back. Mullet make their annual run in the fall but are present year-round as well. The only problem, fishermen say, is that net ban restrictions mean they just can’t get to them.




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It’s also destroyed a way of life for many fishermen. “Nobody can make a living now. I was out there all day today, casting two nets in a circle, and I burnt two tanks of gas and I caught 30 mullet,” Porter said. “A young man with a family can’t make a living like that.” The net ban has turned this longtime fisherman into a distinctly political animal. He made his first trip to the Capitol in Tallahassee a week before the ban went into effect and has made plenty more trips since then. He’ll proudly tell you he’s been arrested several times, getting the first ticket in the state of Florida due to the net ban — July 1, 1995, 11 a.m. “I was at the Capitol the week before, and I told them, I want you all to tell me when I can go out and make a living for my family. They said, it’s undetermined,” he says. “I said, well, if I don’t know by July the first … then I’m going fishing.”

Mullet have been a big part of the economy in this part of state since at least the 1800s, when people learned to catch, smoke, eat and trade it for other food in hard times. Fishermen would ice what mullet they could and salt the rest. They used mullet as the principal food for workers at turpentine plantations as well as barter. Biologist and nature writer Jack Rudloe, who has exhaustively chronicled the Gulf region in his 1988 book “The Wilderness Coast,” writes of a time when “[t]ons upon tons of frantic, leaping, beating, frothing fish were hauled out on the marshy berm. The fishermen and their families worked into the night splitting and salting fish … When the licks were big enough, the salted fish were loaded into boats and hauled to Cedar Key, Apalachicola, Carrabelle and other fishing villages that had a railroad spur, and their catches were shipped north by rail. When the mullet ran, they flowed along the Gulf shore in immense black rivers, with millions upon millions of fish carpeting the shallows for miles.” That was back when fishermen used huge seine nets to pull in masses of mullet, in historic fisheries along the creeks and bays of Wakulla and Franklin counties. Writer David Roddenberry’s monograph Historic Seine Fisheries of Wakulla County and Eastern Franklin County, Florida lists 16 different historic fishing sites used by generations of fishermen dating back to the Civil War. The fishing holes were also used as recreational and social gathering places as well as commercial hotspots that tied Wakulla and Franklin counties with inland communities in Florida and southern Georgia. “The net of former days is no longer permissible gear, and a regular crew as in the old days probably no longer feasible,” Roddenberry writes. That, and last of the historic structures erected to support their fishing businesses along Goose Creek, Ochlockonee Bay and other popular mullet fishing spots were swept away in 1985 by Hurricane Kate. Fishermen have fought with the law over mullet since way before the net ban as well. Wakulla County’s old courthouse is listed on the U.S. Department of the Interior’s National Register of Historic Places, and it’s got a hand-carved weather vane on top in the shape of a mullet. According to Cal Jameson, director of the Wakulla County Historical Society Museum and Archives, that’s a nod to a court fight in the county in the 1920s.

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Jameson says the Legislature passed a ban restricting mullet fishing to certain times of the year. But the timing was based on weather conditions in South Florida, not North Florida. “So when the mullet were running here, it was illegal to fish for them,” Jameson says. “They were looking for a way to get around that ruling so they could legally fish up here.” Wakulla fishermen used the mullet’s rather bizarre physiology to make their case to county Judge Don McLeod. Mullet are bottomfeeders whose digestive systems have evolved to let them make the most of the detritus they find on the floors of lakes and bays. That includes a gizzard — the mullet is said to be the only fish in the world that has one. “Ok, well, it’s a well-known fact that only birds have gizzards. So the judge declared that the mullet was a bird,” Jameson says. “That’s why there’s a mullet on the courthouse.”

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When it comes to mullet, there’s another difference between north and south Florida. While it’s a culinary delight in North Florida, in the southern part of the state sport fisherman use mullet mostly for bait. In the Big Bend, aficionados build little wooden huts just big enough to house huge, black smokers and set them on the edge of the woods so the incredible scent of smoking mullet wafts out through their whole property. Mineral Smoked Florida Mullet Spread Springs Seafood in Panacea, Ingredients just off 319 about 25 minutes 16 oz. light cream cheese, softened 3 tablespoons Florida lemon juice south of Tallahassee, doesn’t 2 tablespoons grated Florida onion bother with the hut — they 2 tablespoons milk just put the smoker right there 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce in the parking lot, where the 3 cups flaked smoked Florida mullet meat 3 tablespoons chopped Florida parsley woodsy, salty smell reaches in paprika through the car windows and crackers grabs you if you try to drive by Preparation without stopping in to pick up Combine the cream cheese, lemon juice, grated onion and hot pepper sauce; whip a few. until smooth and fluffy. Stir in fish and parsley. In a brightly painted food Form into a ball and sprinkle with paprika. truck just off Highway 98 in Cover and chill for 1 hour. Serve with crackers. Panacea, Stacy Hutton serves Yield long lines of customers who 3 cups or 48 tablespoon-size servings Nutritional Value Per Serving queue up for her fried mullet, Calories 31, Calories From Fat 16, Total Fat softshell crab, hushpuppies 2g, Saturated Fat 1g, Trans Fatty Acid 0g, and French fries. Though she’s Cholesterol 10mg, Total Carbohydrates 1g, Protein 3g, Omega 3 Fatty Acid .05g originally from Ohio, Hutton said her father was a shrimper from the Spring Creek area, so “we kind of ventured this way, and we’ve been here ever since. And then I married a commercial fisherman.” Hutton’s husband Ray and son Tim often go fishing and crabbing all night — leaving from docks not far from where Spring Creek restaurant serves fresh mullet to discerning customers — and then bring the fish and crabs right up to the back of the truck to Stacy the next morning. On Saturdays, the lines of eager customers can wrap around the truck a few times, but weekdays are plenty busy too.

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Come join the fun at First Fridays Art & Music Series. Live music, local artists and a great community atmosphere. First Friday is free and open to the public. Opening reception from 6–7 p.m., followed by music on the porch from 7–11:30 p.m. Held at the Port Inn & Thirsty Goat Bar & Grill, located at the corner of U.S. Highway 98 and Cecil Costin Blvd. in Port St. Joe.

May 5 Cinco de Mayo Benefit Join the Sometimes It’s Hotter Seasoning Company for a fiesta. Compete in the Annual Salsa-Making Contest and enjoy traditional Cinco de Mayo drinks, margaritas, sangria, beer and wine. Silent auction, live music and fiesta food. Benefits the Franklin County Humane Society. 4–9 p.m. 112 E. Gulf Beach Dr. (850) 927-5039.

May 4–5 20th Annual Historic Apalachicola Home & Garden Tour All homes on tour this year are more than 100 years old and beautifully showcase the year’s theme, “A Passion for Preservation.” Preceding Saturday’s Home & Garden Tour is an all-day Symposium on Friday, May 4th. Limited tickets are available at $75 for the day’s activities and luncheon. Homes will be open to visitors Saturday, May 5 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Pre-sale tickets will be available at $15. On the day of the tour, ticket sales will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the purchase price of $20 per ticket. Trinity Episcopal Church.


May 11–12 Kids Win Fishing Tournament
 Kids from all around come for a day of fun on the water. Fish from anywhere and bring your catch to weigh in. Prizes awarded in several categories.

May 19 22nd Annual Tupelo Honey Festival 
 Arts and crafts of all kinds, food vendors, games, and live music and dancing at Lake Alice Park in Wewahitchka. Most important of course is the honey. Taste honey samples and buy jars of all sizes to take home. 9 a.m. Free. (850) 639-2605.

June 8–9 Wickerbills Saltwater Slam 
 St. George’s own fishing tournament for trout, redfish, flounder and pompano. Or, join in the newly added offshore tournament with kingfish, mahi and snapper. Event starts at 8 a.m. Call Captain Fred Erickson at (850) 229-2710 for registration.

June 29–30 Gaskin Park Flathead Catfish Tournament Grand prizes and trophies awarded to the top winners in Wewahitchka.

July 6–8 Big Bend Saltwater Classic Enjoy Father’s Day Weekend dad’s way, with a whole lot of family, fishing and fun. North Florida’s premier fishing tournament and $135,000 in cash and prizes. Four competitive divisions. Weigh station at the Port St. Joe Marina. (850) 227-9393. to register.

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July 27–28 8th Annual Mexico Beach Marina Offshore Classic This two-day offshore fishing tournament features prizes for big catches including king, wahoo and dolphin. Mexico Beach. Early morning to 5 p.m. $150 entrance fee. Register online at or call (850) 648-8900.

Aug. 7 National Lighthouse Day Come celebrate the passage of an act of Congress to establish and support lighthouses, beacons, buoys and public piers. Climb the Cape St. George Lighthouse between noon and 5 p.m.

Aug. 17– Sept. 10 St. Joseph Bay Treasure Hunt Scallop Drop
 One hundred prize-winning golden scallops are dropped in St. Joseph Bay, and one lucky scalloper will have the chance to win the $20,000 grand prize! Free. Call (850) 229-7800 for more details.

Aug. 24–25 16th Annual MBARA Kingfish Tournament Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association is

dedicated to artificial reef deployment, research and public education. This year’s tournament includes wahoo, spanish and kingfish. Captain’s Party will be at Veteran’s Memorial Park at 3 p.m. on the 24th. Tournament and weigh-in will be the 25th. Prizes awarded in several categories. Preregistration online, at Port St. Joe Marina or Mexico Beach Marina. (850) 648-4354.

  Sept. 8
 Beach Blast Sprint Triathlon & Duathlon A favorite course for the race enthusiast. Athletes will run, bike and swim in a race of speed and endurance. After the race the fun continues at Beacon Hill Park with food and drinks to celebrate the day. Race begins at 7 a.m.

Oct. 5–7 Franklin County Oyster Festival A family festival on St. George Island and in Eastpoint to highlight the county’s seafood heritage. There will be a fishing tournament, educational displays on marine life, free concerts, a 5K run, a shucking contest, an afternoon of children’s activities and lots of

fresh seafood. (850) 927-7744. 

Oct. 6
 Friends of St. Joseph Bay Preserves Bay Day Shrimp Boil The Friends of St. Joseph Bay Preserves invites you to join them to enjoy their biannual Shrimp Boil and Open House. This fundraiser serves up great food and music as well as guided tours of the preserve. Simmons Bayou. 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

Oct. 6
 14th Annual Art & Wine Festival Fine wines, great food, live auction, musical entertainment and art, of course. Mexico Beach.

Oct. 19–21
 Blast on the Bay Songwriters Festival
 It’s that time of year for Florida’s Forgotten Coast to once again play host to a group of musicians and songwriters direct from the streets of Nashville. Festival performers will consist of approximately 15–20 musicians.

Oct. 29 Ghost Walk Hauntings will abound in Apalachicola at the Historic Chestnut Street Cemetery. Local historians from the Apalachicola Area Historical Society will take on the character of several notable inhabitants of the cemetery to tell the tale of life here more than 100 years ago. 7–9 p.m. Contact Tom Daly at

Nov. 24
 A Hometown Christmas Kick-off the season with a lighted Christmas Parade, tree lighting, Santa and all the festive entertainment in downtown Port St. Joe. (850) 227-1223.

Dec. 31
 Celebrate Safe-Celebrate Twice Ring in the New Year twice by starting in the Eastern Time Zone in Port St. Joe and St. Joe Beach, then travel west just five minutes to Mexico Beach and start over in the Central Time Zone. For more information call the Gulf County Welcome Center at (850) 229-7800.

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St. George Island stabilizes after a year of low-cost sales

Real Estate Rebound By M a dison Ca r ry l

St. George Island, often used as a barometer in gauging

real estate trends along the Forgotten Coast, is a market that seems to be steadily making a comeback. In the past year, sales have started to increase and coastal properties are flying off the listings faster than you can say “sunset.” The problem in recent years has been that the price just wasn’t right for many potential homeowners. High prices were getting sellers nowhere, and the entire area suffered from lack of movement. In that time, prices dropped 60 percent to 70 percent on average. Some properties even sold at a 90-percent drop. “We are definitely a buyer’s market right now,” said Alice Collins of Century 21 Collins Reality. However, time may be running out to find a steal. “Buyers looking to pick up real estate here need to act now,” said Jerry Thompson of Prudential Shimmering Sands Realty. Houses are no longer just sitting on the market waiting to be haggled over and dealt with, Thompson said. “We’re seeing a real heavy amount of activity on the purchasing end of the deal. A lot of homes have now been sold, homes that were just sitting there for some time,” he said. The fact is, the market was low, and investors and vacation homebuyers have started to take advantage. There was a 63 percent increase in homes purchased between 2010 and 2011. This figure is holding steady in the first quarter of 2012. The demand for vacation homes has also been rising. Ever since last year’s price drop, buyers have been scooping up whatever properties they could. The market has left its “low-sale lull” and moved forward. “There’s a heavy flow of activity on beachfront homes specifically,” Thompson said. “It’s not uncommon to see four to five offers on the same property right now, and consequently, many beachfront homes are now going for more than the asking price.” Prices are still below what they were during the peak of the market — a peak that may never have been deserved, according to Thompson. “What we’re seeing now is a stabilization of values, without the downward trend in prices,” Thompson explained. “There is a slight upward trend in values as the market recovers, but because of the low inventory, we predict the values will start increasing more steadily in the next year or so.”

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Lowest property sales price $1,010,000 (4 bed, 2.5 bath, 2505 sq. ft.) $900,000 (4 bed, 4 bath, 2170 sq. ft.) $699,900 (4 bed, 3 bath, 2064 sq. ft.) $475,000 (5 bed, 4 bath, 3830 sq. ft.)

Highest property sales price $2,618,000 (5 bed, 5.2 bath, 5424 sq. ft.) $1,899,000 (4 bed, 4.5 bath, 4128 sq. ft.) $1,550,000 (5 bed, 3.5 bath, 3821 sq. ft.) $2,000,000 (4 bed, 4.5 bath, 5450 sq. ft.)

PLANTATION HOMES » BAY FRONT 2008 $1,220,000 (5 bed, 4 bath, 2688 sq. ft.) 2009 $336,000 (3 bed, 2 bath, 1580 sq. ft.) 2010 none 2011 $400,000 (3 bed, 2 bath, 1990 sq. ft.)

none $1,200,000 (5 bed, 4.5 bath, 3543 sq. ft.) none $750,000 (5 bed, 4.5BS 3448 sq. ft.)

PLANTATION HOMES » INTERIOR 2008 2009 2010 2011

$350,000 (3 bed, 3 bath, 1340 sq. ft.) $219,000 (3 bed, 2 bath, 1405 sq. ft.) $349,000 (3BR3 bath, 1530 sq. ft.) $230,000 (3 bed, 2 bath, 1296 sq. ft.)

$950,000 (4 bed, 3 bath, 2108 sq. ft.) $650,000 (4 bed, 4.5 bath, 2800 sq. ft.) $503,000 (5 bed, 4 bath, 3116 sq. ft.) $565,000 (5 bed, 4.5 bath, 3503 sq. ft.)

EAST END HOMES » GULF FRONT 2008 2009 2010 2011

$979,000 (3 bed, 3 bath, 1800 sq. ft.) $1,080,000 (4 bed, 4 bath, 2924 sq. ft.) $860,000 (3 bed, 2 bath, 2247 sq. ft.) $715,000 (6 bed, 7 bath, 4131 sq. ft.)

$1,903,000 (6 bed, 6.5 bath, 5138 sq. ft.) $1,300,000 (5 bed, 5 bath, 3680 sq. ft.) none $1,385,000 (5 bed, 5.5 bath, 3775 sq. ft.)


$385,000 (2 bed, 2.5 bath, 1489 sq. ft.) $248,200 2 bed, 2.5 bath, 1470 sq. ft.) $166,100 (1 bed, 1 bath, 800 sq. ft.) $155,000 (1 bed, 1 bath, 796 sq. ft.)

none $310,000 (3 bed, 3 bath, 1566 sq. ft.) $315,000 (2 bed, 2.5 bath, 1400 sq. ft.) $230,000 (2 bed, 2.5 bath, 1396 sq. ft.)

EAST END HOMES » BAY FRONT 2008 2009 2010 2011

$475,000, 3 bed, 2 bath, 1782 sq. ft.) none $245,000 (3 bed, 2 bath, 1550 sq. ft.) $699,000 (5 bed, 4 bath, 2925 sq. ft.) $245,000 (4 bed, 6.2 bath, 8200 sq. ft., unfinished) $260,000 (2 bed, 2 bath, 1964 sq. ft.) $1,150,000 (5 bed, 5.5 bath, 3604 sq. ft.) $450,000 (4 bed, 4.5 bath, 2294 sq. ft.) $595,000 (3 bed, 3.5 bath, 2512 sq. ft.)

GULF BEACHES HOMES » GULF FRONT 2008 2009 2010 2011

$419,128 (2 bed, 2 bath, 1200 sq. ft.) $495,000 (3 bed, 3.5 bath, 1600 sq. ft.) $535,900 (3 bed, 3.5 bath, 1600 sq. ft.) $403,500 (3 bed, 3.5 bath, 1684 sq. ft.)

$1,150,000 (2 bed, 2 bath, 945 sq. ft.) $1,160,000 (5 bed, 5.5 bath, 3058 sq. ft.) $972,000 (5 bed, 5.5 bath, 3348 sq. ft.) $835,000 (6 bed, 6 bath, 3416 sq. ft.)

GULF BEACHES HOMES » BAY FRONT 2008 $405,900 (3 bed, 2 bath, 1325 sq. ft.) 2009 $395,000 (4 bed, 3.5 bath, 3218 sq. ft.) 2010 $157,000 (2 bed, 2 bath, 1075 sq. ft.) 2011 none

$649,000 (3 bed, 2 bath, 1600 sq. ft.) none $689,000 (3 bed, 4.5 bath, 2788 sq. ft.) none

GULF BEACHES HOMES » INTERIOR 2008 2009 2010 2011

$210,000 (2 bed, 2 bath, 1000 sq. ft.) $90,000 (2 bed, 1 bath, 534 sq. ft.) $130,000 (2 bed, 1 bath, 1200 sq. ft.) $129,900 (4 bed, 2 bath, 1176 sq. ft.)

Figures courtesy of CENTURY 21® Collins Realty, Inc. Information pulled from MLS, St. George Island, Florida

$725,000 (4 bed, 2 bath, 2128 sq. ft.) $800,000 (5 bed, 5.2 bath, 4790 sq. ft.) $625,000 (4 bed, 4 bath, 2706 sq. ft.) $530,000 (4 bed, 4.5 bath, 2304 sq. ft.)

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Professional profiles It’s all about trust. Choices are made every day to consult professionals on matters as varied as diagnostic imaging to legal representation. In this special advertising section of Tallahassee Magazine, meet some of the area’s top professionals in their fields who are dedicated to earning your trust, while providing their specialized services to you. May–June 2012



Rogers, Gunter, Vaughn Insurance, Inc. Professional


Sam Rogers, Jr., Chief Executive Officer; Bart Gunter, Executive Vice President; Kevin Vaughn, President

Contact Rogers, Gunter, Vaughn Insurance, Inc. 1117 Thomasville Road Tallahassee, FL

850.386.1111 2190 Crawfordville Hwy. Crawfordville, FL


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Rogers, Gunter, Vaughn Insurance, Inc. (RGVI) has served North Florida’s risk management and insurance protection needs for more than 50 years. Today the firm’s respect for its roots runs as deep as its commitment to a future of serving customers in the most personalized and relevant manner possible. RGVI is North Florida’s largest locally owned, multiple-line insurance agency and one of the largest personal lines agencies in North Florida — insuring more than 6,000 families. RGVI was named a Blue Diamond Agency for Florida Blue, the state’s largest health insurance carrier, and achieved Emerald Status with Tower Hill Insurance. Serving these various customers, with so many different needs, requires a commitment to product and information delivery that is efficient, accessible and reliable. RGVI leaders are attuned to customers’ increasing demand for easy-access insurance information. At RGVI, technology is combined with a personal touch. RGVI employees talk with clients to assess their risks and utilize industry expertise to help them identify additional risks.


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RGVI’s employees are innovative and strategically minded. These traits are vital to identifying with a client’s business, profession or lifestyle as they assess the best possible insurance options and develop risk reduction plans that are customized and comprehensive. RGVI also uses social media to reach clients. The firm shares breaking insurance news, informs followers of blog posts, and creates awareness of community events through their Facebook and Twitter accounts. Each week, an RGVI employee writes a blog post for placement on RGVI’s website. The posts are externally focused, educating clients and the public on risk management-related topics. “We look forward to the continued growth of our social media followers and greater use of social media platforms as this outlet of information sharing becomes more prominent in our industry,” said Sam Rogers, Jr., CEO. RGVI’s tagline — We’re All About You! — reflects how leadership and staff work with customers. RGVI provides its clients with more than insurance, including personalized service in risk management counsel and financial advising. RGVI employees are proactive and efficient in protecting

“All our staff members have bought completely into RGVI’s tagline. I see our employees living this every day through dedication to clients’ needs and to the community.” — Sam Rogers, Jr.

Leon County School District account servicing team. Pictured from left to right: Walker Cutts, Vice President of Benefit Services; Deborah Hunt, Life, Health, Benefits Department Manager; Bart Gunter, Executive Vice President; Shara Falstrom, Life, Health, Benefits Account Executive; and Allen Hattaway, Life, Health, Benefits Account Manager.

clients’ assets and valuables. The team of diversely talented and skilled insurance professionals evaluate each situation and engage each client in the development of their risk reduction plan. Leadership at RGVI credits their team with being talented and driven. The employees at RGVI are credentialed at the highest level of the insurance industry. Of RGVI’s 41 employees, 95 percent are licensed and 51 percent hold designations. RGVI has 17 employees who hold a bachelor’s degree in risk management or an advanced designation such as a Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC), Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) or Certified Financial Planner (CFP). RGVI offers bonuses to employees who successfully obtain designations because of the value it adds to the agency and service to their clients.

“ We want RGVI to continue as an independent agency that is owned and operated by the folks that are working in the agency every day. We believe our clients are better served when the people advising our clients are the same people that are making the decisions about how to manage the agency.” — Sam Rogers, Jr. May–June 2012



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“Given our commitment to growth, we see our client portfolio growing and staff increasing, which will allow us to dedicate more resources to our community in North Florida.” — Kevin Vaughn

In serving clients, RGVI uses a multi-pronged approach that includes risk management counsel, insurance protection and value-added services. This enables RGVI to provide clients with a comprehensive review of their overall operations and assets. The insurance plans developed by RGVI minimize or eliminate issues that may harm the business or client’s personal assets. Beyond providing clients with comprehensive insurance coverage, RGVI offers services such as the review or, in some cases, the development of a disaster recovery plan. RGVI’s strong relationships with insurance providers give the firm an edge when it comes to developing client coverage plans. As a Trusted Choice Agency, RGVI has access to multiple insurance providers, offering clients personalized insurance protection to meet their needs. The majority of insurers represented by RGVI are committed to insuring the unique risks that businesses and families in Florida face. These unique risks include

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Weekly M.A.P. Training session hosted by John Howard (left), Broker and Certified Financial Planner, and Jim Duncan (right), Sales Manager. Also pictured from left to right: Shara Falstrom, Life, Health, Benefits Account Executive; Dan Girardi, Commercial Risk Manager; Sally Da Costa, Benefits and Commercial Risk Manager; and Walker Cutts, Vice President of Benefit Services.

hurricane damage and flooding. Almost all of RGVI’s insurers maintain offices in Florida, making the underwriting and claims processes more personal when RGVI meets face to face to address any concerns or problems on behalf of clients. “As an independent agency we represent all major insurance carriers doing business in the Florida market,” said Vaughn. “We dedicate significant time and energy to developing relationships with these carriers to ensure that we are able to deliver the most favorable terms available in the marketplace to our clients.” The firm leveraged its deep relationships with carriers, along with the firm’s lengthy track record of client servicing and benefits expertise, to win the contract overseeing benefits for more than 5,000 current and retired

“ We see the future full of opportunities. Our industry will continue to change and we will continue to be proactive in positioning the agency for growth by hiring and retaining a talented team, maintaining our relationship with insurers and providing our clients with the best insurance counsel available.” — Bart Gunter


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Leon County School District employees. RGVI has taken the same personalized customer service approach to the Leon County Schools account as it has to its smaller accounts. RGVI leaders say the firm’s employees are the key to making this happen. “Our employees are our strength,” Gunter said. “We have excelled in handling accounts with thousands of employees by customizing the service we provide and assessing and prioritizing clients’ needs.” Weekly training sessions, branded “M.A.P.” (Master. Accelerate. Produce.), help the sales team provide their clients with the best customer service available. The weekly training sessions cover a variety of topics that teach RGVI staff how to identify, minimize, and in some cases eliminate risk. The risks that are not covered by insurance policies are the most costly. RGVI employees are trained to be able to identify these risks and help clients eliminate as much of the risk as possible. This model has achieved great results by positively impacting clients’ bottom lines and overall success. “What makes us different is that we are passionate about getting it right,” said John Howard, Broker and Certified Financial Planner. “By listening, we are better prepared to offer solutions and discover issues before they become a problem.” RGVI knows a cookie-cutter approach to the development of an insurance policy isn’t effective. When it comes to commercial clients, RGVI’s staff applies prudent research and investigation to each client’s account, learning their values and needs to develop the best insurance protection available. Through this method RGVI becomes a partner, advocate and resource. To ensure the agency will remain a thriving business in the community, RGVI developed long-term relationships with

its clients and established themselves as trusted risk reduction advisors. Some of RGVI’s clients have been with them for more than 30 years. Many clients use RGVI solely as their business insurance agency, employee benefits agency or personal insurance agency. One of RGVI’s focuses for continued growth is rounding out clients’ insurance portfolios. This means managing insurance for businesses including employee life, health and benefits, as well as personal insurance protection. RGVI knows its current clients, both businesses and families, offer the greatest potential for continued growth. In addition to organic growth, RGVI leadership is always looking for insurance agency acquisition opportunities. They have completed three acquisitions in the past five years.

In recent years the U.S. economy has proven difficult for many small businesses. However, the creation of three divisions: 1) Personal Insurance, 2) Commercial Insurance, and 3) Life Health and Benefits, insulated the agency from dramatic swings in revenue during difficult economic times. Leadership at RGVI has insight about what the near future may bring to the insurance industry. Over the past ten years, the major change in the insurance industry has been the increased speed and ease to secure a premium quote. The insurance business generates an incredible amount of paper, much of which is very confusing and hard to understand. RGVI sees big changes coming that will allow clients to ask questions, search their insurance policies for coverage and address potential claims online.

Current leadership team meeting with RGVI employees exhibiting future leadership potential. Pictured from left to right: Alexis Phillips, Director of Communications; Dan Girardi, Commercial Risk Manager; Kevin Vaughn, President; Sam Rogers, Jr., Chief Executive Officer; Bart Gunter, Executive Vice President; and Christi Billington, Commercial Lines Account Manager. May–June 2012



Rowe Roofing Professional


Rudy Rowe, III with sons Ashton Rowe (3), Gavin Rowe (5) and Carson Rowe (7)


Rudy Rowe, III President of the Rowe Companies: Rowe Roofing, Inc. Roofing Contractor Southland Contracting, Inc. General Contractor RFT Asset Management, LLC Property Management

Contact Rowe Roofing 1843 Commerce Blvd. Midway, FL 32343 850.386.7663

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What services do you provide? Commercial and residential roofing of all types. The areas only 24/7 roof emergency repair division.

What is your business philosophy? Rowe Roofing always puts clients first while listening to their needs. This ensures total client satisfaction.

Why did you choose Tallahassee as a place to live? Tallahassee chose my family. As a third-generation business owner, I am happy to usher in the fourth generation with my three sons.

What is your business motto? Experience, trust, honesty, integrity and hard work is what it takes to be Rowe Roofing.

How long have you been in business? Over three decades.

Do you have any other office locations? Our main office is located here in Tallahassee and we have two branch offices in Orlando, Florida and Columbus, Georgia.

What are your favorite past projects? On the commercial side it would have to be the Capitol domes in gorgeous downtown Tallahassee. We have many favorite residential projects, but our first roof giveaway would have to be the most memorable and proudest.

What does the future hold for your business? Rowe Roofing’s growth and success is tied to our customer service and the friendships we have created over the years. This has directly resulted in repeat business that is the backbone within our company.

South East Eye Specialists What services do you provide? I provide surgical eye care for cataracts, glaucoma, eyelid conditions, external eye diseases, and botox. Business and education background? Doctor of Medicine from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Ga.; Board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. Professional affiliations? American Academy of Ophthalmology.

What’s the best part about this business? Meeting the patients and seeing them benefit from all the treatment options we have today. The new developments in cataract implants, macular degeneration, diabetic and dry eye disease have improved the quality of life for our patients. Family? Married to Katia F. Bell. Four children: Daniel, 17, Alexander, 15, Andrew, 13 and Elissa, 10.

Dr. John Thomas Bell, Board Certified Ophthalmologist

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July 21, 2012 Hotel Duval 6pm


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On the Town The Arts Calendar Social Studies The Buzz

Spotlight Vintage Vegas

For one night, what happens in Vegas won’t be staying there. Round up your luckiest friends and don your favorite “rat pack” attire for a fun-filled casino night with poker, blackjack, craps and more. The night’s top two high rollers will win fabulous grand prizes. There will also be delicious hors de oeuvres, cocktails and entertainment. Hosted by the Hotel Duval, you can bet this will be an elegant night to remember. Tickets are $150 each, and the event will run from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m on Thursday, May 10. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Leon County Humane Society, whose main purpose is to find forever homes for companion animals and promote responsible pet ownership. To purchase tickets, visit For those who want to support animals but aren’t creatures of the night, Tails and Trails 2012 will be on Saturday, May 5. This event benefits the Tallahassee Animal Shelter Foundation, which contributes to the city/county shelter’s resources, aggressively promotes spay and neuter, and encourages responsible pet ownership. Join in the fun and help support our community’s furry friends with a 10K, 5K, or 1-mile run or walk at the Animal Service Center, 1125 Easterwood Drive. For more information, visit

// Laura Bradley May–June 2012


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Vinyl Resurgence ‘A record store is like a barber shop for music nerds.’ By Madison Carryl // Photos by Shannon Mathis

Sharod Bines (left) and business partner Bradley Ellison promise an old-school experience at RetroFit Records, including vinyl records, new and used, as well as music-related conversation.

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If you were a teen in the ’50s or ’60s, you probably recall the first record you ever held. Someone may have warned you to be cautious, to hold the record gently by its sides and ease it gently onto the turntable. Then, slowly, you placed the needle down on the edge and started the record up. The sound filling the room before the music even began would be the pops and skips unique to your copy of whatever album you treasured enough to grab off the shelf at the record store. But nowadays, this experience resonates with more than just baby boomers. With the closing of Vinyl Fever in 2010, it was typical to see shoulder shrugging and hear comments like, “Well, records are pretty outdated.” Not so, say Bradley Ellison and Sharod Bines, owners of RetroFit Records, Tallahassee’s newly opened, all-vinyl shop on Gaines Street. Though digital music has been popularized in the music scene, people flock to the store for new and used vinyl treasures. The shop sells record playing equipment, vintage vinyl and — here’s a surprise — new artists on vinyl. “I don’t think it’s old fashioned at all,” says Bines. “If you’re going to buy a hard copy of anything, you want a vinyl.” While vinyl clearly stands the test of time, other hard copies of music just don’t seem to hold up with the same integrity. “Every time you play a cassette, it demagnetizes, degrading the sound May–June 2012


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Cover art is part of the allure of the vinyl record album — and the décor — at RetroFit.

quality over time,” says Ellison, “but people still have their vinyls from the ’60s.” CDs are incredibly sensitive, very easy to scratch or wear out, even when taken care of. “It’s hard to imagine still owning CDs 50 years from now, but for people who own vinyl, those records will be there, and playable, for much longer.” Both Ellison and Bines are tightly connected to Tallahassee’s music scene. Ellison, 21, is a local DJ who was the music director of Florida State University’s student-run radio station, V89, and worked with the station for several years. Meanwhile Bines, 31, has been working to bring musicians to Tallahassee through his personal project, Back to the Garage, for the last three and a half years. The young entrepreneurs met in 2009 and hit it off immediately. “Our first conversation was about music,” says Bines. “I thought to myself, ‘Bradley’s a like-minded individual.’ We became acquainted … and, over time, there was talk of opening a venue.” The two searched for a location for months before happening upon another local business that was closing its doors for good. “Our friend Devon was closing Sick Boy,

her vintage clothing shop on Gaines Street,” says Ellison. The pair couldn’t think of a better location for their store. “If there’s an art district in town, we’re it,” Bines added. The shop opened in August 2011, in the evergrowing art district around Gaines Street and Railroad Avenue. So, who shops at a vinyl store these days? Apparently anyone. “We have people of all ages come in,” says Ellison. “Older customers are more inclined to flip through our vintage records and, when you talk to them, you can tell they regret throwing out their collections.” The pair occasionally buys old vinyl records, but prefer to sell on consignment, and only albums that are “in a good condition, something worth selling and right for our clientele,” Bines says. According to him, many older customers are surprised by the number of new artists still producing vinyl copies of their music. “They thought it went out years ago. I had a customer come in from Atlanta the other day with his wife. We had the Ramones playing, and he just started whistling along as he browsed. Turns out, he used to live in Tallahassee and work in some record shops himself.” But it’s not just May–June 2012


»culture ON THE TOWN When they’re not flipping through albums, patrons can also enjoy musical events at RetroFit Records, as well as the small shop’s vintage vibe.

older visitors that flock to the store. RetroFit is the top location in Tallahassee to get new albums on vinyl. Radiohead, The Shins and Tyler the Creator fly off the shelves as young music lovers stop by to pick up a special copy of an album they’re hung up on. “It’s a sign of dedication to a band,” says Ellison. “Young people want vinyl because it’s long lasting, and it’s a nicer product than a CD. You can’t really appreciate the cover art on something 5 inches tall.” And there’s the experience of buying records from a store — much more personal than just clicking “Download.” “Music is conversation,” says Bines. Amazon can’t tell you who to listen to based on what you already like. “We can, though,” says Ellison. “It’s a lost art of communication that’s so essential to music. A record store is like a

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barber shop for music nerds.” The shop doubles in the evenings as a music venue, showcasing musicians from all over the country, and occasionally European groups as well. “Beyond the business side of the store, it’s an obligation. We want to contribute to the culture of our city,” says Bines. The pair host affordable and intimate shows, new-release listening parties and the occasional barbecue. “We like to keep our shows cheap and fun for all ages,” says Bines. “We’re always open to anyone who wants to come in and talk about music with us. Maybe listen to some records, hang out. We like being a part of the community and the culture.”  n RetroFit Records ► 439 W. Gaines St. Suite B (850) 597-9046 / Hours ► Mon–Fri: 11 a.m.–8 p.m. / Sat: noon–8 p.m. / Sun: noon–7 p.m.

Give a Listen RetroFit co-owner Sharod Bines shares his thoughts on records Tallahassee is — or should be — taking for a spin. Five Older Records Young People Buy 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Rolling Stones, “Exile on Main Street” The Beatles, “Abbey Road” Gang Of Four, “Entertainment” Talking Heads, “Talking Heads 77” DEVO, “Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are DEVO!”

Five New Records Older People Should Have 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Hanni El Katib, “Will The Guns Come Out” Madvillain, “Madvillainy Instrumentals” First Aid Kit, “The Lion’s Roar” J Dilla, “Donuts” Girls, “Father, Son, Holy Ghost”


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A Start In Art

Website Plays Matchmaker for a Haitian Painter and a Would-Be Collector By Pam Forrester

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children in the Assemblee de las Foi en Christ en Action. Lesly Haco acted as an interpreter for Muller, who speaks only basic English. Haco is an artist and entertainer, never lacking for words during our multiple conversations and often weaving tales of his Voodoo art inspirations. Haco sent me to Muller’s website to explore more of his paintings and learn more about his background and goals as an artist. Muller was born in May 1964 in Cap Haitian, Haiti, and has been painting since childhood, often inspired by the natural landscapes of his country. Muller works mostly in acrylic and oil and works with just a handful of colors: green, red, yellow, blue and black. But to see his works, you would never think that he has limited himself. It was exactly those blending colors that attracted Elizabeth to his work. “I chose this painting because it is unfussy, versatile and could easily hang on any wall in any apartment or house. The colors are relaxing, something I could put above my desk without it distracting my late-night study sessions,” Elizabeth says. The arrival of the painting was timed perfectly. Home for Christmas break, Elizabeth was the first person to open the box. Now it was my turn to live up to the “trust” part of the deal. The next day, I sent off a check to cover the shipping charges, which are the adopter’s responsibility. A leap of faith on the artist’s side but a trust well placed — and a very small investment for the beginning of an art collection.   n



In this age of Internet scams, when an offer sounds too good to be true, it usually means a hoax. So when I heard the Fine Art Adoption Network’s website was offering original art and quality prints — for free — I admit to being skeptical. “Trust, but verify” is an old Cold War expression and one that served me well during my years as a journalist. To “verify” FAAN was not a scam, I decided to contact its artists like anyone else and ask to adopt a painting. I asked my daughter, Elizabeth Landers, who has always loved art, to help by selecting four pieces she wanted and telling me why so I could contact the artists. Since she recently moved into her first college apartment, it seemed like an appropriate housewarming present. Elizabeth scoured the website and found a painting, a photograph and one installation she wanted. I set to work crafting our message of why we deserved each original work of art. The website is simple. You can view all the works, biographies and, in many instances, get into the artists’ personal websites to view other works they have created. With artists from all over the world represented and all mediums, there is truly something for everyone. The website suggests sending several requests at once, but we limited our first email requests to two artists. After only a brief delay, an artist wrote back saying we could adopt a print of his original work. But Elizabeth had her heart set on an “original,” whether it was a painting in oils or watercolors, or a photograph. “For someone who is young but passionate about artwork,” explains Elizabeth, “the Fine Art Adoption Network is the ideal way to start an art collection without draining a bank account. I think this program is especially important for new art buyers who might be discouraged about the direction of art under such a gloomy economic umbrella, proving that art is attainable and even more importantly, enjoyable.” Waiting paid off, and I embarked on exactly what FAAN’s founder, Adam Simons, envisions for his project, a chance to get to know an artist and his works. Muller Jean Francois contacted us through a friend to say we could adopt his oil painting. Muller was in the middle of pulling together a gallery show in hopes of helping his beloved Haiti, devastated by the earthquake of 2010, by sending money to help

Artist Adam Simon’s original art (this page) channels the Yippie zeitgeist of activist Abbie Hoffman’s revolution how-to manual “Steal This Book.” He created “Shrug” (opposite page) a large acrylic-onaluminum painting, in 2009. May–June 2012


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You, Too, Can Adopt Fine Art Adoption Network Offers Artwork For Free By Pam Forrester If you think owning original artwork is limited to the mega-wealthy or Hollywood superstars, you haven’t met Adam Simon. The 59-year old artist from New York City launched the Fine Art Adoption Network, nicknamed “FAAN,” so anyone can enjoy a piece of art in his or her home. Forty-eight year old Robin Dunlap of Clearwater adopted four works of art in 2006. “It is such a wonderful concept. Art can so enrich people’s lives.” Tricia Cuddy from Pennsylvania adopted two pieces last year. “Owning a piece of artwork

demystifies art,” she said. “You learn your own likes and dislikes by living with it.” This brainchild of Simon’s was born of necessity. When his father, Morris, passed away in 2005, Simon’s elderly mother decided to move from the family home in Boston to be closer to her children in New York. Many of Simon’s early pieces hanging on her walls needed to be moved. But what do you do with huge canvases when you are downsizing to an apartment? Simon quickly realized he was not the only artist with many more works than he could sell or hang in his home. FAAN, the Internet site to link artists with appreciative collectors, was created. The artwork is free, although you have to invest a little time before it hangs in your living room. Here’s how it works: Art collectors are invited to the website,, to review photos of the works. If you find a piece you like — be it a painting, a drawing or sculpture — the adoption process begins. The first step is to write the artist, introduce yourself and explain why you want a specific piece. Cuddy explains how her home became the proud owner of original artworks: “My son, Payton, was supposed to be studying for exams when I heard a scream. He called me to his

computer to show me the website. I was sure it was a scam, so I opened up every link and looked at all the artists’ works. I immediately wrote Adam Simon explaining the entire story.” Cuddy quickly received a response from Simon, who replied, “You had me at ‘my 17-yearold son.’” Simon also has a teenage son, so the two began what would become a months’ long friendship. Cuddy loved Simon’s contemporary works blending colors and words on canvas. “I love the written word in art, so I chose two 6-by8-inch paintings that have the words ‘Steal This Art’ boldly stenciled across the canvas. Art and literature are my passions and I (was) intrigued by your mention of Abbie Hoffman, so I looked up the reference,” explains Cuddy. For some, like Cuddy, the initial letter is also a first step in forming a new friendship. Months after adopting, Cuddy and her son traveled to a gallery opening in New York City to see more of Simon’s works. “We live in a society where there are so many mass-produced wall hangings and decorations, you don’t really get to see an original piece of artwork except in museums.” While Cuddy is introducing the next generation to art and artists, Robin Dunlap lets the elderly appreciate her works. Her adopted works hung for

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years in her office at Home Health Care Services. solicitor, so there will be adopters disappointOne of her favorites was a painting named “Writed to lose their first choice. But with close to ing Tablet and Grass” by 340 artists and hundreds Massachusetts artist Brece of pieces to choose from, Honeycutt, a perfect sym- “We live in a adopters are encouraged to bol for her elderly clients. society where there try again with another art“In geriatrics care, we speak ist. Some artists even make are so many massa lot about the past. A writseveral copies of a specific ing tablet is a reminder of a produced wall scene so multiple adoptsimple lifestyle and the grass hangings ers are successful with the of a simple life on the praisame work. rie,” she says. When Dunlap and decorations, There is no obligation first reached out to adopt, you don’t really or expectation of future she selected artists from get to see an purchases. But as Simon various mediums; a photoexplains, “You don’t know graph, a painting, a drawing original piece what good deed might and an art installation. Over of artwork except happen. Generosity bethe course of a year, Dunlap in museums. gets generosity.” A doctor wrote about each piece in the in New York City was so company newsletter in an ef- — Tricia Cuddy, pleased with his adoption, fort to expose clients to her Art Adopter he contacted the artist and passion for art. Like Cuddy, offered him free medical she too has followed her artists through the years services for a year. at Art Basel in Miami, a gallery show in WashSimon lives in New York City, but the artington, D.C., and continuing correspondence ists and collectors live all over the United with Honeycutt. States and overseas. Maya Choi has put sevThe artists don’t have to accept every eral pieces up for adoption from her native

Ecuador. After Italian Vogue did an article about the Adoption Network, a 17-year-old boy contacted Simon asking to adopt a piece. Simon quizzed the young Italian and found, though he is just 17, he had been a collector of art for some time and already had several classical masters. And the teen is not the network’s youngest adopter. A 12-year-old boy thoughtfully convinced Fawn Krieger to let him adopt her work titled “Trophy.” “This is exactly what I want. I love to see the demographics expanded of who is getting artwork,” says Simon. On the other end of the age spectrum was a 95-year-old New Hampshire man who lived in a cabin. Gordon Berryman enjoyed a huge painting of Simon’s “Triad” for two years before he passed away. Other works hang in libraries and municipal buildings. It doesn’t matter where the piece ends up — everyone is eligible to adopt. “My dream is FAAN is a global forum,” say Simon, “for the artists, but also to get the message out about art.” Once you come to the artist’s studio to pick it up or have it shipped to your home, then the painting is yours. You can frame it, hang it, admire and enjoy it. This adoption is final.   n


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The social season heats up — along with the weather — with fundraising events from May to June. » events

Florida Wine Festival May 11 Although The Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science has closed to the public, its work remains unfinished. The museum is undergoing a metamorphosis, from which it expects to emerge as a world-class science and technology learning center for children and adults. The 10th Annual Florida Wine Festival is one step toward ensuring success. Enjoy an evening of fabulous wine samples, tantalizing food catered by Mozaik, a silent auction featuring vacation getaways, jewelry, and art and wine, along with a unique business showcase featuring local merchants from five distinct areas of Tallahassee. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online. The event will be at Kleman Plaza from 7-10 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

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Darius Rucker in Sandestin May 13 Country music lovers are in for a hootin’ hollerin’ good

time as Darius Rucker, formerly of ’90s sensation Hootie and the Blowfish, performs at the beautiful Grand Boulevard at Sandestin. The show promises to be a great close to a star-studded charity weekend and well worth the drive. The concert’s proceeds will benefit Hall of Fame golfer Annika Sorenstam’s ANNIKA Foundation to fund the implementation of spark — a physical education program targeted to elementary schools. Concert tickets are $54.76 and available online. Access to other weekend events, including golf, social events and fine dining, is available with a sponsorship donation. Packages begin at $1,000.

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» international cuisine When he’s not making music, Darius Rucker is an avid golfer, making him a natural fit for the ANNIKA Foundation fundraiser at Sandestin.

Spring Fling May 17 This year Big Bend Hospice invites you to spend a scintillating evening Under a Far Eastern Moon. Hosted by Tallahassee Nurseries, this year’s Spring Fling will include tantalizing bites from Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Vietnamese cuisine. Enjoy stunning Asian music and dance, as well as a surprise finale at the end. The night will run from 7-10 p.m. at Tallahassee Nurseries, 2911 Thomasville Road. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased online. Proceeds will benefit Big Bend Hospice and provide support for indigent care and music therapy for hospice patients, and bereavement services to adults and children in the eight counties served by Big Bend Hospice. For more information, contact Connie Palmer, (850) 701-1341,

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Artopia June 23 If your walls are looking bare or you

are just craving a new gorgeous piece of art, Big Bend Cares invites you to the 14th Annual Artopia, a night of live and silent auctions of masterpieces by local artists. Hosted at Florida State University’s Turnbull Conference Center, this year’s event will offer work in a wide array of media created and donated by our region’s most accomplished artists. Last year’s Artopia drew a crowd of more than 700 art buyers, and this year promises to be even bigger. The night kicks off at 6:30 p.m., and general admission tickets are $30.

 For more information, contact Michelle Hayse by phone at (850) 656-2437, ext. 225 or by email, 

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Tallahassee Top Singles July 21 Our city’s most eligible bachelors and bachelorettes will be feted during one of the most entertaining evenings of the summer! Hotel Duval will host the party with food, music and libations. Lunch dates with our select singles will be auctioned off to the highest bidder — and the money will go to each single’s charity of choice. The festivities begin at 6 p.m., and tickets are $50. Contact Marjorie Stone, (850) 878-0554,, or visit photo by Eugene Parciasepe/ (darius rucker); photo by daniel vitter (Top Singles) May–June 2012


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»culture CALENDAR May 4

Mark Wallheiser’s Hurricanes Just before the 2012 season blows in, the 621 Gallery in Railroad Square will showcase hurricane images from Wallheiser’s nearly 30 years as a photojournalist. 6–9 p.m. Nan Boynton Memorial Gallery, 621 Industrial Road.

May 4 and June 1

Railroad Square First Friday On the first Friday of every month, Tallahassee residents flock to Railroad Square to experience a night of the arts. Most of the shops and studios in the park are open and selling artwork, jewelry and vintage clothing. Most of the galleries are open for your viewing pleasure. Railroad Square Art Park, 567 Industrial Drive.

May 4–6

Tallahassee Book Festival and Writers’ Conference For all the book lovers and authors out there, the Tallahassee Book Festival and Writers’ Conference offers an exciting round of nights with guest speakers such as Doug Alderson and Jessica Morrell. The keynote speaker will be Steve Berry. Hone your writing skills as you learn from seasoned authors. $25. Monroe Street Conference Center Ballroom, 2913 Graves Road. (850) 893-7919

May 5, 12, 19, 26 and June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Downtown Market Downtown Market is Tallahassee’s premier open-air market featuring food, music, art and crafts. Come and pick up some original local art and treat yourself to locally produced food. 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Downtown Tallahassee, at Park Avenue. (850) 224-3252,

May 5

TSO POPs in the Park at SouthWood Join the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra for an evening of outdoor music, while enjoying the view of the evening sky over Central Park Lake. $10 for adults, children under 12 free. Tickets available at the gate, 4675 Grove Park Drive, or through the TSO office. 5:30–9 p.m. (850) 224-0461.

May 5–6

‘Rapunzel’ Join the Tallahassee Ballet as they retell the classic tale of the girl with the long, golden hair. Accompanied by The Chamber Orchestra, the story is told through movement, exquisite costumes and exciting characters. There’s even a handsome prince. For times and prices, visit

May 6

Tallahassee Youth Orchestras Be impressed by the talented young local musicians as they perform two ensembles. $5. 3 p.m. Opperman Music Hall, Florida State University. (850) 224-8966.

May 7

Kentucky Derby Gala Watch the Kentucky Derby in style, benefitting the Leon Advocacy & Resource Center. Bet on your favorite horse while enjoying a grand buffet dinner and dancing, and participate in the traditional Parade of Hats Contest. $50 per guest. 4–8:30 p.m. Tallahassee Antique Car Museum, 6800 Mahan Drive. Tickets are available at

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»culture CALENDAR May 11

10th Annual Florida Wine Festival The Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science hosts its annual fundraiser, complete with wine tasting, silent auction and business showcase. 7–10 p.m. 350 S. Duval Street, Tallahassee, FL. Ticket sales:

MAY 11–July 28

Diversity & Creativity: Photography in the 21st Century Immerse yourself in this exhibition of regional photographers, while exploring the many aspects of modern photography and its methods. Includes art by Edward Babcock, Robert Constand, Barbara Eleene Edwards, Bill Humphries, Jim Miller, David Moynahan and Stewart Nelson. Curated by Jessie Lovano-Kerr. $1 donation, members and children free. Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Gadsden Arts Center, 13 N. Madison Street, Quincy.

May 11

Town & Country Marvel at the acrylic works of husband and wife duo Randy and Debra Brienen. Randy is formally trained while Debra is self-taught. Compare and contrast their techniques. The exhibit runs through July 28. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Zoe Golloway Exhibit Hall, Gadsen Arts Center, 13 N. Madison St., Quincy. (850) 875-4866,

May 11

Midtown Idol Owners and representatives of various Midtown organizations and businesses will gather to perform their renditions of karaoke classics to raise money for the Tallahassee Senior Center. $5 at the door. Krewe de Gras, 1304 N. Monroe St.

May 12

Tallahassee Downtown Book Fair Join the fun of reading and sharing at Ponce De Leon Park at this fourth annual event as the Friends of the Library sell gently used books for great prices. Meet and greet with local authors, including Andrea Davis Pinkney and Diane Roberts. You’ll also have a chance to sign your kids up for the library’s summer reading program, Dream Big — Read! and pick up their reading record, bookmarks and stickers 9:30 a.m.–1 p.m. FREE. (850) 606-2614

May 13

Mother’s Day Buffet A tradition for 25 years, the Mother’s Day Buffet returns to the historic Wakulla Springs Lodge. Reservations are required. Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park, 465 Wakulla Park Drive. Time TBD. (850) 421-2000,

May 13, June 10

Second Sunday Archaeology Lab Tours Get in the mood for some history lessons as you learn about 17th century Spanish and Apalachee life and architecture. Join the archaeologists for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the archaeology lab. 11 a.m. Children 6–7 $2, Adults $5, Seniors $3. Mission San Luis, 2100 W. Tennessee St. (850) 245-6406,

May 17

Miranda Lambert: On Fire One of country’s top stars will be making a stop in Tallahassee. Jam along to such hits as “Famous in a Small Town,” “Gunpowder and Lead” and “More Like Her.” Special guests are Chris Young and Jerrod Niemann. Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center, 505 W. Pensacola St. 7:30 p.m. (850) 222-0400,

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Operation Thank You Leon County is hosting this block party event on the weekend of Armed Forces Day to honor the service of post-9/11 local armed forces members and veterans. “Operation Thank You” will include live music performances, food and beverage booths, vendors and entertainment for children. In addition, organizations, programs and groups specifically focused on the military and veteran communities will be represented at the event. Downtown Tallahassee, South Adams Street between Jefferson Street and Park Avenue. For more information, contact Shington Lamy at (850) 606-5300 or Jan Carey, Veteran Services Officer, at (850) 606-1940.

May 18–20, 25–27

‘Reasons to be Pretty’ In an age of superficiality, this interesting play questions the value of prettiness and the complications beauty places on relationships. $15 for adults, $13 for senior citizens and students. Tallahassee Little Theatre, 1861 Thomasville Road. 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. (850) 224-4597,

May 19

Run for Wakulla Springs This event encourages healthy heart activity as participants enjoy the scenery and engage in a 5K benefiting the Friends of Wakulla Springs State Park, Inc. Fees vary. Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park, 465 Wakulla Park Drive. 8:30–10:30 a.m. (850) 561-7286,

May 19 and June 16

3rd Saturdays at Railroad Square Art Park On the third Saturday of every month, Railroad Square hosts live music and tasty food from Tasty Treats Restaurant In the Square. There are often children’s activities, vendors and live music. FREE. 1–5 p.m. Railroad Square Art Park, McDonnell Drive. (850) 766-1257,

May 26

2012 Fight for Air Walk/Run Thirty-five million Americans suffer from asthma, and the American Lung Association hopes that this walk/run will raise awareness and fundraising for this painful disease. $100 in donations is encouraged. Centerville Conservation Community, 8240 Centerville Road. 8 a.m. (850) 386-2065,

June 1

First Fridays in Downtown Thomasville Come enjoy the local scene as Downtown Thomasville shops, boutiques and restaurants stay open late with specials, entertainment and more. The event is scheduled the first Friday of every month. 7–9 p.m.

June 2

Midtown Barre Crawl Kick off summer and imbibe in all the tastes of Midtown to benefit The Tallahassee Ballet. Pick up your Midtown Barre Crawl goodie bags stuffed with commemorative cups (for drink samples through the evening) and maps directing you to each participating Midtown bar for a complimentary beer or wine taste. Before crawling to your first bar, enjoy live music and food from area vendors. 4–8 p.m. Advance purchase tickets are $20 each, $25 at the event., or (850) 224-6917

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June 7–10, 15–17 and 22–24

‘Wonder of the World’ One woman decides to leave her dull life and husband behind to enjoy the wonders of the world’s honeymoon capitol, Niagara Falls. As Cass embarks on this hilarious journey of self-discovery, she encounters a lively alcoholic, a lonely tour boat captain, a pair of bickering detectives and a mystery involving a giant jar of peanut butter. $21 adults, $17 seniors and students. 8 p.m. 1861 Thomasville Road.

June 8–9

7th Annual Ride For Hope This cycling and wellness event offers five distance rides, ranging from a family fun ride to a 100-mile century through the rolling hills and canopy roads of Tallahassee. Includes dinner, entertainment and the “Hero of Hope” presentation. All rides take place on the 9th, along with the Health Fair, which includes music, food, face painting and health screenings. All proceeds benefit Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center. 1–4 p.m. (850) 431-5389. Register at

June 9

Summer Barbershop Harmony Show In this double feature, well-tuned groups will be serenading the audience twice in matinee and evening performances. Come out to see The Capital Chordsmen at their finest. Shows at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. TCC Turner Auditorium, 444 Appleyard Drive. (850) 224-7729 or

June 12

The Ned Devines at Finnegan’s Wake Join the soulful celebration of traditional Irish music with The Ned Devines every second Sunday of the month. Familiar and traditional tunes with a diverse selection of songs are sure to leave feeling like you’ve kissed the Blarney Stone. 7–10 p.m. 1122 Thomasville Road. (850) 385-4847 or

June 16

Tallahassee Model Railroad Show and Sale It’s a locomotive adventure for all ages as Big Bend Model Railroad Association hosts their model train convention at the North Florida Fairgrounds. $5 admission, free for children under 12. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. (850) 544-1870 or

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July 6–15

‘Anything Goes’ Don’t miss the boat! When the S.S. American hits the sea, two unlikely couples set out on the course to true love … proving sometimes destiny needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, an exotic disguise and some good, old-fashioned blackmail. A hilariously bumpy musical ride. $14 for children, $16 for students and $18 for adults. 7:30 p.m.  n

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Members of Murl Cruce’s family – her mother - Avice Phelps, her daughter - Susan Morgan and her sisters - Sharon Hobbs and Frances Phelps, members of the Proctor family – Theo, Jr. and Martha Anne Proctor, Theo Proctor, III, Martin and Susan Proctor, as well as the Proctor Dealerships’ staff along with other Cruce and Proctor family members and friends, and a host of TMH colleagues gathered for a formal dedication ceremony on March 9 to celebrate Mrs. Murl Cruce and the warmth she has brought “literally and figuratively” to countless babies and their families.

“Mrs. Murl,” as she is known to the Proctor staff, has been crocheting baby blankets for fellow employees’ children and grandchildren since 1988. “I quit counting at 100 but I know I’ve made at least 50 since then,” Murl recounts. For the last several years she has contributed one of her handmade blankets to the TMH Foundation for the annual Tee-Off for Tots Golf Tournament and associated Dinner Carnival to benefit the Proctor Endowment for Children with Diabetes who are cared for by the Tallahassee Memorial Diabetes Center. Her latest creation now resides on permanent display for countless families to see in the Family Care Unit of the Tallahassee Memorial Women’s Pavilion. “Every new mother and her baby or babies must pass where we have installed the blanket,” said Kathy Waleko, Administrator of Women’s and Children’s Services. Other dedication speakers included Barbara MacArthur, TMH Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, and Paula Fortunas, TMH Foundation President and CEO and Martin Proctor, who also serves as a member of the TMH Board of Directors. Mr. Proctor noted, “Murl has been an important face of The Proctor Dealerships for 34 years. She has been a face to our customers, she has been a face to her fellow associates, she has been a face that expresses love, affection, concern and compassion.”

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Seventh annual event to benefit the Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center brings change as it honors the founder’s vision. The Ride for Hope will always celebrate the life and memory of its founder, Lou Farrah, who passed away in November 2006 - just months after seeing his “living room” dream of The Ride for Hope inaugural event come to fruition. In the midst of his battle with cancer, Lou Farrah, his wife, Jenny, and their two sons, Jason and Jeffrey, developed The Ride for Hope concept in their living room after returning from the Lance Armstrong ride in Texas where Jason and Jeffrey rode in honor of their father. “Why can’t we have a cycling event here in Tallahassee that will raise funds to fight cancer and benefit cancer patients and their family members right here at home?,” asked Lou that day. As Jenny recalls, “The family then brainstormed and agreed that it should be for all ages, including a fun festival for the kids and a health fair that is free to the public.” Heading into The Ride’s seventh year, the vision remains the same and so does the cause – to benefit the Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center and the people in this region.

Southeastern Dermatology is the presenting sponsor for the second, of a three-year philanthropic partnership with the TMH Foundation. Michael J. Ford, M.D., owner of Southeastern Dermatology, is an avid cyclist and is passionate about providing quality cancer care and treatment – not only in his own practice, but also by his generous philanthropic support of the Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center. The Ride for Hope is also proud to announce a new major sponsor, Taproot Creative. Taproot has fully redeveloped and redesigned The Ride for Hope website with a new look and feel that is intuitive and easy to navigate. Go to to register for The Ride, review sponsorship opportunities, complete a vendor booth application for the Friday night Expo and/or the Saturday Health Fair, see The Ride for Hope schedule of events and photos, or just take a look at Taproot Creative’s great website work. The team at Taproot is also helping The Ride for Hope reach out to cyclists regionally and beyond with creative messages and advertising on Facebook and Twitter. This year, well over 1,000 people are expected to participate in The Ride’s associated Vendor Expo, Health Fair and Family Fun Festival, which are at no charge to the general public. Of those, about 700 will register for the main cycling event. Cyclists of all ages and experience, from novice to expert, participate in one of five different courses from a 100-mile Century ride to a family fun ride/walk. A delicious lunch will be provided by Gordos and Bandidos restaurants – free for all registered riders and at a nominal fee for the general public. The Ride for Hope and the other events will be held at the North Florida Fairgrounds – all cycling courses will begin and end there.

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Welcome TMH Colleagues and Friends to Inaugural Luncheon The Tallahassee Memorial Scholarship Alumni Association and the TMH Foundation welcomed TMH colleagues, friends and supporters for the inaugural Association Luncheon at the Woman’s Club. The luncheon’s purpose was to create a spirit of philanthropy for new Association members and promote awareness of the Scholarship and Tuition Reimbursement Programs. The Association’s Founding Committee, chaired by Dr. Marie Cowart, TMH Foundation Trustee and Dean Emerita of the FSU College of Social Sciences, is committed to increasing membership by inviting friends and colleagues of TMH who support academic pursuits to become members. The Association luncheon celebrated this commitment and included acknowledgment of all sponsors: TMH Credit Union, TCC, TCC Foundation, FSU College of Nursing, Thomas University, FAMU, TMH, TMH Foundation and distinguished presenting sponsor Virginia Glass, Realtor and TMH Foundation Trustee. The program began with a warm welcome by Paula Fortunas, TMH Foundation President & CEO, followed by Dr. Cowart who presented the Association’s goals and objectives. Next, there were inspiring testimonials by two former Scholarship and Tuition Reimbursement recipients: Kristin Cantrell, MSN, MBA, RN, CCRN, CMSRN and Dreama Taylor, RN, OCN. Ms. Taylor explained her passion for the program, “Currently, I serve as a Cancer Patient Navigator in the new Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center, and the Scholarship and Tuition Reimbursement Programs fulfilled my dream of becoming a nurse!” Ms. Cantrell added, “I am proud to serve as Nurse Manager for the Tallahassee Memorial Outpatient Surgery Unit, and my vision for the future of nursing is for the profession to be understood for all it encompasses.” “It is an honor to chair the Association founding committee and to share with our community the positive results of the Scholarship and Tuition Reimbursement Programs at Tallahassee Memorial,” said Dr. Cowart, as she thanked sponsors and Association members. “Association memberships will help to offer the best educational opportunities for TMH colleagues and others in need of financial support to reach their career goals.” Judi Taber, Annual Giving Officer for the TMH Foundation concluded, “The goal for the Association for 2012 is to continue to increase membership and provide additional funding for the Scholarship and Tuition Reimbursement Programs.” Please visit to join the Tallahassee Memorial Scholarship Alumni Association with a $50 donation to benefit the TMH Scholarship and Tuition Reimbursement Programs. Please click on make a donation, select other and enter Alumni Association. For additional information, please contact Judi Taber, Annual Giving Officer, TMH Foundation at 431-5904. More than 60 TMH colleagues, donors and friends attended the Inaugural Luncheon of the Tallahassee Memorial Scholarship Alumni Association sponsored by Virginia Glass, Realtor; the TMH Credit Unit, TCC and the TCC Foundation, FSU College of Nursing, Thomas University, FAMU, Tallahassee Memorial and the TMH Foundation.

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First Softball Games for the Leon High Lady Lions The Leon High Lady Lions Softball team held the school’s first “PINK” softball games on Wednesday, February 29, at Leon High School, to benefit the Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center and its patients. “This is just another example of how the students at Leon High School will continue to fight for members of our family and others in the community who are battling this terrible disease. The girls on the softball team, and our entire school, have now adopted Athletic Director Mark Feely’s philosophy on life —“Not Yet”!!” said Rocky Hanna, Leon High principal. As the games concluded, a $10,000 check was presented to the TMH Foundation. In accepting the gift, Paula Fortunas, President and CEO of the TMH Foundation, remarked, “The students of Leon High School are a credit to their generation and a tribute to the philanthropic spirit.” The “PINK” games featured the girls’ varsity team versus a team of faculty all-stars. It was a very close game, but the faculty won by a score of 7-6. The second game featured the junior varsity team versus a team of local “celebrities” from TMH and the TMH Foundation, WCTV, Florida Commerce Credit Union, Live in Tallahassee, and Beef O’Brady’s. This game was another nail-biter that came down to the last at bat by the celebrities. The honoree of the game — Mary Estes — had the game winning hit and run! “We all had a great time playing. The real winners from these two games are the cancer patients at TMH who will benefit from this event. The students and faculty at Leon High are to be commended for their generosity and support,” said Matt Sherer, Oncology Service Line Administrator at TMH.

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to Benefit Cancer Care and Treatment at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare The Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare Foundation and the Cards for a Cure committee are pleased to announce that the Seventh Annual Cards for a Cure event will be held on Saturday, October 6, 2012, at the Tallahassee Car Museum.

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Protocols for Philanthropy - Build Your Advisory Dream Team As financial and tax matters become increasingly complex, certain professionals offer specialized expertise to assist you in developing your estate plans. The best way to find qualified professionals is to ask family and friends in your area for references. Here is a list of experts and their respective roles. sõ õ!õcertified public accountant who specializes in tax matters can analyze the tax impact of your estate plans. sõ õ!õfinancial advisor or life insurance professional offers advice on ways life insurance can build your estate and provide the liquid funds needed for estate taxes or a business buyout agreement. Paula S. Fortunas President/CEO TMH Foundation

sõ õ!õtrust officer’s experience in administering trusts is valuable in discussions of personal and investment aspects of fiduciary relationships. sõ õ!Nõestate planning attorney is needed to interpret the laws on property rights, taxes, wills, probate and trusts. sõ õ!õcharitable gift planner represents a charity and can explain the array of gift plans available to meet your needs, save taxes and serve the charity’s goals. In this instance, you are encouraged to approach the TMH Foundation for ways you can support Tallahassee Memorial. In a rapidly changing environment, hospitals face the challenge of providing the highest quality care in the most cost effective manner while focusing on improvement of the health status of the communities they serve. Your gift provision for Tallahassee Memorial will positively influence patient care and will serve as an expression of your confidence in TMH. Contact information appears at the bottom of this page. The contents of this article and any materials you request and receive from the TMH Foundation are general in nature and are not intended as either legal, financial or tax advice.

Franklin, Madison and Taylor Counties to Benefit

from Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare Foundation and the American Cancer Society The Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare Foundation, on behalf of the Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center, received the American Cancer Society (ACS), Florida Division’s Community Education Grant Award to address cancer disparities. “This grant supported the implementation of colorectal cancer education in Franklin, Madison and Taylor Counties during March — Colorectal Cancer Awareness month,” said Paula Fortunas, President & CEO of the Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare Foundation. According to Matt Sherer, Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare’s Oncology Service Line Administrator, “This partnership with the ACS serves the health and cancer needs of the region by providing an educational experience for the African American citizens of Franklin, Madison and Taylor counties with respect to the prevention of and screening for colorectal cancer. African Americans are disproportionately affected by colon cancer, and this cancer is one of the leading causes of death in African Americans, despite the strides made to lower cancer rates.” This award was made to the TMH Foundation through a competitive statewide grant program offered to community based non-profit organizations by the Florida Division of ACS.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) Leon Unit presented a check to the TMH Foundation for the community education grant program to address cancer disparities. Pictured left to right are: Kitty Flynn, ACS Board Member, Dale Wickstrum, M.D., ACS Board Member, Janet Borneman, Director of Planned Giving - TMH Foundation, Lorrie Steele, ACS Board Chairman, and Kathy Nettles, ACS Area Executive Director.

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»culture SOCIAL STUDIES Fast Cars and Mason Jars to benefit Tree House, February 28, 2012 The sixth Annual fundraiser, Fast Cars & Mason Jars, is the primary fundraiser for Tree House, a local 24 hours emergency shelter for children ages 2–12 years old, and is crucial to providing the financial support necessary to house between 100–200 abused and neglected children each year. // PHOTOS GABRIEL GIBSON

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»culture SOCIAL STUDIES Red Hills International Horse Trials March 9-11, 2012 Red Hills offers prospective Olympians their initial “ticket to ride” in the London Games this summer. The prestigious Tallahassee event at Elinor KlappPhipps Park, is the first hurdle for competitors as they make their way toward the 2012 Olympic selection trials. Top riders and horses from at least 28 states and 10 other countries competed in the 14th Red Hills International event. // PHOTOS CAROLINE CONWAY AND MCKENZIE BURLEIGH

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“Red Hills is an exciting Olympic qualifying event that simply would not be possible without tremendous support from our sponsors and the greater Tallahassee Community. Thank you, Tallahassee, for another spectacular weekend!” — Jane Barron, President

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»culture SOCIAL STUDIES Chefs’ Sampler to benefit the Children’s Home Society, February 26, 2012 More than 45 of the area’s top restaurants and caterers gathered at the Tallahassee Mall and prepared a culinary feast for all to enjoy. Proceeds from the Chefs’ Sampler will help CHS provide services to children and families who are at risk of abuse, neglect or abandonment; strengthen and stabilize families; help young people break the cycle of abuse and neglect; and find safe, loving homes for children.

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Cattle Baron’s Ball to benefit the American Cancer Society, March 3, 2012 The Ball is the single largest fundraising gala event for the Capital Area Unit of the American Cancer Society. This westernthemed event is a one-of-a-kind and highly anticipated event each year with a goal of raising funds for cancer-related programs nationally and in our community. // PHOTOS CATTLE BARON’S BALL Lee and Cyndy Marks with puppy, Baron

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»culture SOCIAL STUDIES Networking Pros Golden A.C.E. Awards and Gala March 24, 2012 The Tallahassee Network of Young Professionals (NYP) fosters personal and professional growth by connecting its members through fun and engaging activities, while simultaneously offering careerenhancing opportunities. NYP hosted the inaugural Golden A.C.E. Awards and Gala. The capital city’s top “20 under 40” young professionals in the community who pursue Authentic Community Engagement (or A.C.E.) were recognized.

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“The inaugural Golden A.C.E. Awards and Gala celebrated the Capital City’s top 20 emerging young leaders. Those recognized today are truly engaged in our community and serve as examples of leaders in their fields.” — Rachel Gustafson, President of the Tallahassee NYP

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»culture SOCIAL STUDIES Jazz for Justice to benefit Legal Services of North Florida, Inc., March 25, 2012 Legal Service’s of North Florida’s Jazz for Justice fundraiser was moved up on the calendar so it could be held one last time at Chez Pierre before the Tallahassee landmark restaurant closed. Patrons enjoyed a late Sunday afternoon of smooth music under the oaks for a good cause — civil legal assistance for low-income persons, the elderly, domestic violence victims and others. Beth Spear, Susan Parmalee and Betsy Gray


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Florida State Film School a Night at the Oscars, February 26, 2012 And the winner is … Oscar night! Hollywood’s most anticipated evening of red carpet glamour and cinematic accolades was the focus of Florida State University’s College of Motion Picture Arts’ fifth annual fundraiser. // PHOTOS FSU FILM SCHOOL

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The manor house at Goodwood Museum & Gardens was alive with laughter and lights Feb. 11 for a “Midnight in Paris”-themed Valentine party to benefit Goodwood’s preservation. Lynn and Sam Solomon chaired the event catered at the direction of Tallahassee’s hostess supreme, Nella Schomburger. Guests dressed 1920s fashion and mingled with Lost Generation re-enactors featuring Jeff Duvall (Ernest Hemingway), Stuart Riordan (Mary Cassatt), Ann Kozeliski (Gertrude Stein), Lance Scalf (Salvador Dali), Mary Ann Lindley and husband Charlie Nuzzo (F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald), Nancy Bivens (Alice B. Toklas) and Anne Jolley Byrd (Coco Chanel). zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Horses and hats, cheers and champagne: The Red Hills International Horse Trials featured a weekend of feats and fetes. With true Southern hospitality, Tallahassee rolled out the red carpet for Olympians and novice riders alike. Bonefish Grill brought out their signature Bang Bang shrimp appetizer on Thursday night to thank the more than 400 volunteers before the hectic three-day event kicked off. After a day of dressage competition, sponsors socialized with Olympians at Capital City Bank’s Friday night gathering. Co-organizers Marvin and his wife, Deborah Mayer, and Jane Barron with her husband, Tom, and daughters greeted County Commissioner John Dailey, Tim Moore with Champion Chevrolet and Bruce Parker with Capital Eurocars, who donated the Mercedes that Red Hills CIC-Three Star winner and U.S. Olympian Phillip Dutton will be driving for the year. Also on hand were Dr. Doug Sherman and Julie Ann Norden, Vereen Smith, Brian Webb and Shawn and Dana Noles, and Sam and Marsha Fenn. Auto dealers Theo Proctor, Tim Revell and Mike Futrell were also on hand, as well as Wendell Posey and Joyce Phipps, Katrice Howell and Daryl Green. Susan Shelfer and Vicky Cureton passed canapés as the incoming Chef d’Equipe of the U.S. Olympic team, David O’Connor, spoke to the group. His wife, Karen, mingled with guests, among them Duby and Sallie Ausley, Lane and Susan Green and Bill and Mary Moor. Benefactor Colin and Anne Phipps regaled City Commissioner Andrew Gillum and his wife R Jai with jokes. Up for the weekend was Andrew’s mother Frances Gillum, who shared stories with Joyce Phipps. Riders were celebrated on Saturday after the grueling cross country phase with a party catered by John Thomas and his


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Crawford Atkins, general manager of Capital Eurocars, chose Klassic Katering for the invitation-only preview party of the redesigned seventh-generation Porsche 911 at the West Tennessee Street dealership. On hand to admire the latest model of the highperformance sports car were Danny and Linda Fuchs, Roger and Jan Kaufman, Rick and Nancy McClure, Mark and Alison Riley, and Jack Skelding. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

With more than 500 of Tallahassee’s finest and most generous in attendance, the 11th annual Cattle Barons’ Ball was a spectacular evening, raising more than $88,000 for our local area’s American Cancer Society. This year’s event was held March 3 at the Tallahassee Antique Car Museum and presented by the hosting sponsor, Capital Regional Cancer Center. Guests were greeted by FSU Hands of Hope students bearing tasty trays of Cajun fried oysters, fried green tomatoes, pesto torte’ and antipasto skewers. This year’s wonderful feast was the creation of Chef Justin Chiricos of Catering Capers. The crowd was welcomed and entertained by master of ceremonies Julie Montanaro of WCTV as the festivities played out during the evening. Attendees danced all evening to one of Tallahassee’s best R&B bands, Bedhead Betty, and enjoyed gaming, a silent auction, a dance-off and refreshments provided by Scott and Kay Dick. The live auction was the focal point of the evening, featuring a half side of beef donated by the Florida Cattlemen’s Association that went to the meat-lovers table of Ward Spisso. Cliff Campbell and Joe Hughes outbid the crowd to win a hunting trip donated by Tim and Carla Smith of Southwind Plantation. The auction also included a black lab puppy donated by North Florida Animal Hospital that stole everyone’s heart and found a forever home at Cindy Mark’s house after some spirited bidding. For ’Noles fans, a six-course dinner at the University Center Club featuring Rick and Tara Trickett as guests, saw big action, chalking up another win in the fight against cancer. Tallahassee’s car cowboys, Chuck Urban of Tallahassee Dodge Chrysler Jeep, Tim Revell of Champion Chevrolet-University GMC, and Bob Hudson of Tallahassee Ford joined sponsors Tom and Elva Brady as they all threw down in a big way to support the American Cancer Society’s Reaching Out To Cancer Kids (R.O.C.K) Program. They were also joined by Rob Szumowski and Dr. Tim Bolek to support children and their families in their fight against cancer. There was some additional excitement during the stormy evening when the power went off for 30 minutes … but nobody stopped dancing or enjoying themselves. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

More than 600 fashionistas came out for the second annual Tallahassee Top Salon competition at the University Center Club Feb. 18. Bravo network TV personality Daniel Lewis emceed the event with style and sass. Judges for the evening were Dr. Russ Rainey, Marsha Doll, Jane Marks, Marcus Duval and Randi Buchannan. Thirteen of the area’s favorite salons were invited to make over a model, and the results were revealed during a runway show at this exciting event. May–June 2012


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»culture THE BUZZ Next Level Salon and Spa won the competition, earning a year-long advertising campaign in Tallahassee Magazine valued at $9,000. The salon’s charity, the American Diabetes Association, was given a $5,000 media sponsorship package as well as a $500 check. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

More than 150 people gathered to say “goodbye” to Ken Armstrong, who served as CEO off the United Way of the Big Bend for 16 years. The reception at Goodwood was hosted by all of the past campaign and board chairs who served during Armstrong’s years at the helm. Armstrong brought the “Lifesaver” theme to the local United Way, and he was presented with an iPad and plaque as well as a basket full of merchandise related to the rolled candy. Armstrong’s Lifesaver tie was framed and presented to him by the UWBB staff. Also on hand to fete Armstrong were Chuck Mitchell, Mark O’Bryant, Flecia Braswell McCord, Stan and Shirley Marshall, Jason Dimitris, Matt Brown, Warren Jones, and Realtors Virginia Glass and Chip Hartung. Political sorts who attended included state Sen. Bill Montford and Mayor John Marks. Others on hand to wish Armstrong well were Don and Jeanette Yaeger, TCC President Jim Murdaugh, Tallahassee Democrat Publisher Pat Dorsey, Ron Sachs, Anna Johnson, Louis Garcia, Nic Nixon and Nick Wallace.


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The noshing began at 10:30 a.m. March 11 as crowds descended for the third annual Tallahassee Jewish Food and Cultural Festival at Temple Israel. The longest line seemed to be for corned beef sandwiches, served up by a crew that included city commissioners Andrew Gillum and Gil Ziffer. But Claire Sand and Bonnie Burk were also busy taking money as local restaurateurs Dan and Dana Silvers ladled out matzo ball soup. A bounty of baked goods was also for sale, made over the past five months by women supervised by Jill Klein. Also sighted were event chair April Katine and indoor “traffic director” Kellie Hoover.

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More than 400 guests enjoyed the sixth annual Fast Cars & Mason Jars, the primary fundraiser for Tree House of Tallahassee, held Feb. 25 at The Farm. Event Chair Josie Gustafson and her


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»culture THE BUZZ committee created the perfect evening of giving and guests ended the night at Tupelo, the first annual after party! On the scene were Karen and Jason Unger, Jackie Slack, Autumn and Emory Mayfield, Cissy and Stewart Proctor, and Todd and Gina Resavage. The Atlanta based band, A-Town-A-List kept the dance floor packed while On The Rocks Bartending kept the drinks flowing, including the evening’s delicious signature libation “Southern Sunset.” Wilson Dean played an acoustic set during the silent auction, which was beautifully decorated with hydrangeas in birch containers. Carrie McNeill and Christina Dardano were carefully watching their items as Sara and Slater Bayliss and Dea and Gordon Mooney were seen visiting with Rowdy and Jennifer Lawson. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Several Tallahasseans were seen mingling at the March 3 St. George Island Chili Cookoff, including Jim and Mary Rudnick, Wally Womble and Amy Forman, Marc and Pam Bauer, Ray Green and Live in Tallahassee’s Joel Silver. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

More than 75 members of the Tallahassee chapter of the Florida State University Emeritus Alumni Society, consisting of those who graduated 50 or more years ago, met at the Cabot Lodge March 1 with Betty Lou Joanos, chairwoman, presiding. Those present included past chairs Tom Waits and Bridgett Chandler; Beverly Spencer, former state legislator and head of university relations at FSU; Ray Solomon, former FSU Business School dean and his wife, Mary; Dr. Kitty Hoffman, onetime FSU faculty member who graduated 75 years ago from Florida State College for Women; Ruel Bradley, Herb Chandler and Pace Allen. The breakfast meeting was hosted by FSU alum Ron Hobbs and family, owners of Cabot Lodge. The group heard a report from Col. Billy Francis (USAF Ret.), director of the new FSU Veterans Institute, and the campaign to make FSU a “Veteran-Friendly” university. The FSU Emeritus organization has more than 9,000 members.

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The night was filled with love when Chris Clark and Sherilyn Burris had an intimate engagement party March 10 at Paisley Café. They had delicious oysters outside and fabulous trays of refreshments inside, including lamb chops and Nutella bread pudding. Chris made sure his guests’ glasses were always filled with his favorite wines and champagne. Surrounded by close friends such as Jaimi and Jim Wacksman, Taylor Case, Steve Adams, Joanne Suggs, Steven Lohbeck, McKenzie Burleigh, Kevin Hoffman, Sarah Duncan, Tim Palmer, Carly Fisher, Leslie Reinhard, Nigel and Mohamara Godfrey and Pam and Marc Bauer. Also celebrating the couple were Jacklyn Nethongkome, Laura Mager, Migdalia Garcia and Taylor S. Case. Marc Bauer made a tear-jerking toast to the fabulous couple about Chris being a conduit to his success. Chris has made his mark by mentoring many local restaurant owners, and now Sherilyn is joining him on his journey. The lovely couple plans to elope to Las Vegas for a May 19 wedding at the Little White Chapel. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Builder/Developer/Businessman John Thomas Burnette celebrated his 36th birthday by inviting his closest friends to come let their hair down, go back in time a decade (or more!), and celebrate at the Midtown Filling Station on March 9. Kim Rivers, Michelle Personette, Chad Kittrell, Marc and Pam Bauer, Dan Scantlan and Taylor Jansik were just a few joining in the celebration.   n May–June 2012


Best of Tallahassee 2012

It’s time for you to be the judge. Knowledge is power — and knowing where the absolute best places to eat, shop, get a service and be entertained in Tallahassee is vital information. Check out the 2012 “Best of Tallahassee” ballot, and write down your out-and-out favorite places to do anything in this town in more than 100 categories. Perhaps you know the best place to satisfy that Mexican food craving and you think it deserves a little more lovin’. Or maybe your friend owns an amazing tree service and you want 2012 to spread the word. Here’s your opportunity. Grab a pen and jot down your favorites; an independent group will count all the ballots. Then, check out the September/October issue of Tallahassee Magazine to see if your choices made the cut.

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2012 Official Best of Tallahassee Ballot brought to you by

THE RULES OK, get your pens ready, but first, please take note of our rules, which are designed to make the contest as fair as possible: • Only ballots printed on original magazine pages will be accepted — no copies (color or black-and-white) or facsimiles of the ballot. • Ballots must have votes in at least 10 categories. • All votes must be for Tallahassee-area businesses. • Only one ballot per envelope is permitted. • All ballots must be mailed directly to Sunset Rotary, a third-party organization

that will process the ballots: Best of Tallahassee Sunset Rotary Post Office Box 38024 Tallahassee, Florida 32315 • Ballots must be postmarked by May 31, 2012. • Obvious attempts at ballot stuffing will be disqualified. • Any winning business must be in good standing with Rowland Publishing, Inc. in order to be promoted as a Best of Winner.


Food & Beverage

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Happy Hour_______________________________




Italian Restaurant ___________________________


Locally Owned Restaurant_____________________



Brunch __________________________________

Mexican/Latin American Restaurant_______________

Cajun Restaurant____________________________

Outdoor Dining _____________________________

Casual Dining______________________________


Catering _________________________________

Seafood Market_____________________________

Special Occasion Restaurant____________________

Seafood Restaurant__________________________

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Wine List_________________________________

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Plumbing Service____________________________

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Pool Repair/Service Company___________________


Real Estate Agency/Agent______________________

Assisted Living Facility________________________

Roofing Repair/Services_______________________

Auto Repair _______________________________

Security System ____________________________

Automobile Dealer___________________________

Surgical Practice____________________________

Barber Shop_______________________________

Tanning Salon______________________________

Carpet Cleaner_____________________________

Tree Service_______________________________

Phone Service Provider________________________

Veterinary Clinic____________________________


Weight Loss/Control Program____________________

Computer Repair/Services______________________ Dance Studio______________________________


Day Spa__________________________________

Antique Shop______________________________

Dentist Office______________________________


Dermatology Practice_________________________

Furniture Store_____________________________

Dry Cleaner _______________________________

Gift Store_________________________________


Jewelry Store______________________________

Embroidery _______________________________

Kids Clothing ______________________________

Family Physician/Practice______________________

Locally Owned Shop__________________________

Financial Institution__________________________

Men’s Clothing _____________________________

Flooring (carpet/tile/etc) ______________________

Nursery/Garden Center________________________


Eyeglass Store______________________________

Gym/Health Club/Fitness Facility_________________

Women’s Accessories/Shoes____________________

Hair Salon ________________________________

Women’s Clothing___________________________

Hotel ___________________________________ Insurance Agency ___________________________


Interior Design Firm__________________________

Art Museum/Gallery__________________________

Landscaping/Lawn Services ____________________

Community Event___________________________

Limo Service_______________________________

Golf Course _______________________________

Moving Company____________________________

Live Music/Entertainment Venue_________________

Nail Salon_________________________________

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Obstetric/Gynecological Practice_________________

Place to Take the Kids_________________________

Optometry/Opthamology Practice________________


Pediatric Physician/Practice_____________________

Best New Business*__________________________

Pest Control Service__________________________

Local Charity/Not-for-Profit_____________________

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Thank you from all of us at Narcissus for voting us Best of Tallahasssee in three categories last year! We love and appreciate the support of our customers and look forward to another Best of win this year. Don’t forget to vote on the ballot found in this issue, starting on page 177.

Thank you to all the Tallahassee Magazine readers who voted Pink Narcissus Best New Business and Best Kids Clothing. We have had a wonderful year thanks to everyone in our local community. We can’t wait to celebrate another Best of Tallahassee award this year!

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The teachers at Sharon Davis School of Dance want to thank our dancers, their parents and friends for voting us the Best Dance School in Tallahassee for 2010 and 2011. Your loyalty means so much to us. We promise to always strive to be Tallahassee’s best dance studio. If you are still pleased with Sharon Davis School of Dance, we would appreciate your vote again in 2012. A big thanks for all you do for our dance school.

Thank you all for voting Superior Painting as Tallahassee’s Best Painting Company for the fourth straight year. We take pride in being the area’s preferred painting company and we couldn’t do it without all of your support. Please remember to vote for us in 2012 and thanks again.

Offering a variety of baked goods, cakes and coffee made fresh daily. Try our award-winning apple cake or homemade cheesecake by the slice. We brew fresh Lucky Goat Coffee all day with free refills. We sell jams, jellies and syrups from The Blackberry Patch, made locally in Thomasville, Ga. Our Cooking Corner is now booking meetings, bridal showers, children’s birthday parties and cooking classes.

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As the “Fresh Fish Experts,” Bonefish Grill specializes in market-fresh fish, other woodgrilled specialties and bar-fresh cocktails. Thank you Tallahassee Magazine readers for choosing Bonefish Grill as Best Appetizer and Best Seafood Restaurant in 2011. 3491 THOMASVILLE ROAD 8 5 0 . 2 9 7. 0 4 6 0 | B O N E F I S H G R I L L . C O M



Thank you Tallahassee for voting McNeill Plumbing as the area’s top plumbing company for six straight years! 4/9/12 10:25 AM We are dedicated to our customers and appreciate your support. Remember McNeill Plumbing the next time you need plumbing services. McNeill Plumbing has been servicing Tallahassee for 34 years and always puts the 12TM_MJ_Best_PinkNarcissus.indd 1 customer first. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you this year. License # CFC043067 3 5 0 5 N O RT H M O N R O E ST. | 8 5 0 . 5 6 2 . 55 0 4 | M C N E I L L P LU M B I N G . CO M May–June 2012





Changing lives and the way people view and manage their health. Visit Fenn Chiropractic Health and Wellness Center and let Dr. Ryan Fenn, voted Best Chiropractor 2011, teach you the 5 Essentials Necessary for Maximized Living.

Cosmetic and reconstructive surgery doctors Ben J. Kirbo, M.D. and Laurence Z. Rosenberg, M.D., F.A.C.S, and their staff provide some of the newest, most technologically advanced cosmetic and reconstructive procedures. The SPA at Southeastern Plastic Surgery is staffed by highly trained, licensed aestheticians who combine spa luxury with state-of-the-art equipment.

Miller’s Tree Service is a locally owned and operated full-service tree care business servicing greater Tallahassee and the surrounding areas. Our No. 1 objective is to ensure every customer is satisfied with the level of service provided.

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Designed by PGA TOUR star Fred Couples and renowned architect Gene Bates, SouthWood Golf Club is among the region’s most acclaimed courses. A course that tests tour-quality players and provides an enjoyable experience for golfers of all abilities, SouthWood features five sets of tees on every hole. The 2,986-yard “Wee Tees” provide the ideal course set-up for juniors, beginners or players seeking to improve their short game.

Patients First puts your family in our family medicine. With every service we offer, we strive to provide the Tallahassee community with quality, long-term patient care for your entire family. Visit our website for a complete list of our seven convenient locations, including night and weekend hours.

Family-owned Brian Barnard’s Flooring America, a consistent favorite among Tallahassee Magazine voters in the Best Flooring category, has been supplying Tallahassee residents with flooring options that match the look you want and your budget. We’re with you every step of the way!

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With its crystal chandeliers, glass mason jar lighting and reclaimed tobacco barn wood walls, Cole Couture Boutique offers a one-of-a-kind shopping wonderland. Nestled in the heart of Midtown, this Southern charm meets uptown chic boutique brings ladies and gents a carefully edited selection of clothing and gifts ranging from denim to lace and everything in between. “My warmest thank you to Tallahassee for voting Cole Couture as a ‘Best of’ winner three years in a row.” — Carrie McNeill 1240 THOMASVILLE ROAD | 850.553. 3327 | COLECOUTURE.COM

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Shop the area’s best selection of furniture and mattresses featuring the best brands in America and the area’s largest LA-Z-BOY Comfort Studio. Turner’s gives you unlimited possibilities and unbeatable values!

The Tallahassee Museum offers visitors a chance to discover North Florida’s beautiful natural environment, enjoy hands-on discovery and exploration of our rich cultural history, walk among native wildlife in natural habitats and (coming soon!) zip across the vistas on the new Tallahassee Tree to Tree Adventures course.

With more than 25 years of experience, Helga’s offers a full range of fine tailoring and alterations services in two locations. We can work with any style or material and are equally adept with both men’s and women’s clothing. Helga’s can create custom clothing and handle last-minute, same-day alterations. Two master tailors are available with two convenient locations.

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Looking for that perfect Alaskan wild salmon or mahi-mahi filet to throw on the grill? Or maybe some fresh stone crabs or Gulf shrimp? Boats of local fishermen are daily unloading the freshest finfish and shellfish in town. A perennial favorite, Southern Seafood has a wide variety of fresh seafood that will satisfy the most discriminating palate. 1415 TIMBERLANE ROAD IN MARKET SQUARE 8 5 0 . 8 93 . 7 3 01 | S O U T H E R N S E A FO O D M A R K E T. CO M


Moving to Tallahassee in 1997 originally as a WCTV news anchor and now working as a fulltime broker, Bartlett commits himself to making you fall in love with the city just as much as he did. First-time homebuyers and sellers will receive superb service that will surely lead to your dream home. 8 5 0 . 4 4 3 . 5 8 8 7 | G A R Y B A R T L E T T R E A L E S TAT E . C O M


THANK YOU. My team and I would like to express our sincere gratitude for having been voted the Best of Tallahassee Best Dentist in 2011. Thank you for the continued support of our practice. We look forward to providing you with the very best dental care for years to come. 2 2 1 E . 7 T H A V E . | 8 5 0 . 3 8 5 . 3 7 0 0 | D R R A I N E Y. C O M May–June 2012



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Flavor In today’s world, fasts and cleanses form a part of a massive body of diets

Not So Fast Whether the Goal is to Detox or Get Spiritual, Here’s What You Need to Know About Fasting By Laura Bradley


With kale, green apple, cucumber and lemon, the “Green Almighty” smoothie can be part of a detox diet.

and health plans presented as ways to do things like “clear out and regulate the digestive system” and “detoxify the body.” Even Dr. Oz now has a 48-hour weekend cleanse he claims will “revitalize you from the inside out.” However enticing they might sound on the surface, some experts worry they could be dangerous. If you want to undertake a fast or cleanse, you should know what you’re getting into. For starters, there are important differences between fasting and cleansing. Some of the new cleanses closely imitate fasts, but the most significant difference between the two is the mentality. Fasting primarily focuses on gaining control over one’s corporeal urges, spirituality and purifying the body’s systems through abstinence from most foods. Cleansing, on the other hand, is meant to clear the body of toxins. Some cleanses allow solid foods, while others limit food consumption to various liquid concoctions. The bottom line is that fasts focus more on the mental progress granted by brief abstinence, as well as its health benefits, while cleansing is focused on detoxifying the body through a variety of means, some of which might not even be dietary. Juice Fasts Our diets today can be very off-balance — many of us eat far more carbohydrates, fat and animal protein than we need and fall short when it comes to vegetables. This imbalance can negatively impact digestion and other bodily functions. A juice fast can be a simple and delicious solution. A juice fast usually entails consuming a lot of juiced organic vegetables, as well as some fruits. While the majority of the juices should come from vegetables for nutrients, some fruit juices mixed in can supply the body with glucose for energy. A juicer is required to make the juice, because most store-bought juices contain added sugar and chemicals and also are not as fresh. They also tend to be more fruit and sugar-based because they are meant to be consumed in addition to a balanced diet, not as a diet. Dr. William Morse, Family and Integrative Family Medicine physician for Tallahassee Primary Care Associates, sees potential in juice fasting, saying, “I think for a short period of time this would probably not be a bad thing.” He warns that fasters should make sure to drink a lot of juice to keep calorie intake at a reasonable level, and also that the fast should not be carried out for May–June 2012


»food FASTING more than a few days lest the body exhaust its stores of glucose and begin to act as though it is starving. Another concern for those who might undertake juice fasting is the lack of fiber provided by a liquid diet. Dr. Henry Hall, licensed nutritionist with Personalized Health, points out, “It’s good that (juice fasting) eliminates bad stuff, but it doesn’t necessarily add good stuff in there that needs to be there, including fiber to bind to different toxins that are coming out of the gallbladder, and also keeping the gallbladder active.” The gallbladder processes bile from the liver, and fiber is what binds to toxins to eliminate them from the body. If toxins cease to leave the gallbladder, they stagnate and can begin to form gallstones. “Essentially what all those things do, what any type of fast does, is it stops people from putting the bad things in,” Hall says.

It also helps many people up their consumption of vegetables, one of the more neglected food groups in the average American diet. Rather than fasting, he suggests people simply eat healthier. Pepper, Syrup and Lemon Juice The Master Cleanse has recently gained notoriety. Even Beyonce Knowles used it in order to get in shape for her role in the movie “Dreamgirls.” This liquid diet consists of one drink: two teaspoons of fresh lemon juice, two teaspoons of grade B maple syrup, a cup of water and a tenth of a teaspoon of cayenne pepper. Cleansers drink this “lemonade” six to 12 times a day, along with plenty of water — and nothing else — for at least 10 days. The philosophy behind the Master Cleanse is that live enzymes in fresh lemon juice proactively attack toxins. The maple syrup

provides calories for energy and also acts as a preservative to keep the enzymes from the lemon juice active longer. Cayenne pepper is said to raise metabolism, increase circulation, thin and purify blood, and break up toxic mucous said to induce sickness. Morse is not impressed. The diet, he says, can pose many problems with caloric deficiencies, causing the metabolism to actually slow down and begin to consume muscle tissue for energy, breaking apart its amino acids into glucose. The body reserves about 24-hours’ worth of glucose, and once this supply is exhausted, the muscles are next. After three days the body enters a phase called ketosis in which it begins breaking down ketones from fat stores to supply half its energy needs and continues breaking muscle tissue for the other half. While this means there is fat loss, there is muscle loss along

IF YOU’RE CONSIDERING A JUICE FAST OR CLEANSE … » Relax. Make sure to pick a period of

time with little activity or stress. The body will be devoting a lot of energy to regularizing and clearing toxins. » Buy Organic. Be very careful where your produce comes from. Produce that is chemically treated or genetically altered are not beneficial substances for a fast and can be hazardous. Buy organic and local if possible. » Don’t Be Stingy. Be prepared to drink a lot of juice, lemonade or designated formula. Juice fasting and cleansing should not entail severe hunger. » Hydrate Often. Be sure to stay hydrated. Constant water consumption is of the utmost importance. A good rule of thumb is to consume as much water as liquid diet components. » Pay Attention. If something does not feel right or you begin feeling sick, do not ignore it. Stop your fast or consult a doctor.

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with it, and the body continues to store as much fat as it can to sustain itself as it starves. The body’s digestive tract should not take more than a few days to clear out, according to Morse, and the need to detoxify the rest of the body has been a subject of debate. Hall explains that fat can hold anywhere between 80 and 120 different toxins at any given time, so losing weight is always desirable in order to eliminate toxins, but he questions the legitimacy of the Master Cleanse. “I don’t think there’s any particular magic about the Master Cleanse formula,” he says, although he does add that lemons’ Vitamin C might help a little since it can bind to toxins. He says there is no evidence supporting the idea that the juice contains live enzymes that will be helpful in detoxification. Fasting and Spirituality Fasting’s abstinence from food

and corporeal urges has its roots far back in history. Most religions contain some sort of fasting tradition. The attention to the spiritual self and its importance in comparison to the bodily self is regarded by many to be fasting’s primary benefit. Fasting for spiritual purposes can be a very rewarding process to “put your physical body at bay,” Morse says. As long as it is kept at or under 24 hours, even a water fast or complete fast can be successfully completed without any worrisome complications. Proper preparations should be taken before fasting, Hall advises. Our bodies are “now more toxic, way too toxic,” he says, to undertake a severe fast without some proper considerations. Processed foods and additives collect in the body, he warns, and fasting will push them out of stores and into the bloodstream. Prior to fasting, he says it is of the utmost

importance to eat a very healthy, balanced diet to ensure that the body is prepared to handle the toxicity and push it out rather than making us sick. Those who are sick, diabetic, pregnant or breastfeeding should not undertake a fast, Morse and Hall agree. Pregnancy and breastfeeding are especially key, not only for the mother’s health, but for the baby’s as well. Ketosis causes the release of ketones into the baby’s body, and they have been found to be toxic to infant brains. The Bottom Line Regardless of what sort of fast or cleanse you are considering, Morse advises that you ask yourself what your goals are. Why are you doing it? If your answer is weight loss, you are headed in the wrong direction. “Universally, fasting is a bad idea if you want to lose weight,” he says. “If it’s you against your body, your body will win every time.”   n




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The Pub From Ireland




FINNEGAN’S WAKE Northern Florida’s only Authentic Irish Pub Live music & Full bar Guinness, Bass and Smithwick’s on tap Watch real football on flatscreen TVs Open 3 p.m.-2 a.m. Everyday 850.222.4225 | Facebook: Finnegans Wake Irish Pub

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Live Music Dance Music Provided by Greg Tish/GT Entertainment 37 Draught Beer Taps Two Full bars with spirits, wine and beer Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday Nights Located next door to Finnegan’s Wake 850.222.4225 | Facebook: Fifth-Avenue-Tap-Room 1122 Thomasville Road, Manor@Midtown


» salsa ingredients 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 ½ cups frozen corn, thawed 1 can (16 oz.) black beans, drained 1 cup diced mango 1 ½ cups red bell pepper, diced 1 cup red onion, diced 2 chipotle peppers, diced 1 tablespoon adobo sauce 1 jalapeño, diced ⅓ cup fresh-squeezed lime juice 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 pinch kosher salt 1 cup chopped cilantro

» chips ingredients LAWRENCE davidson

1 package wonton wrappers a few pinches of kosher salt spray olive oil 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Chips & Summer Salsa Summer's here and it's time to clean the pool, crank up the AC and pour the lemonade. We like to cool off our favorite summer salsa (just a bit) by adding some tasty seasonal fruit. Though this recipe features the trendy mango, it works well with pineapple, peaches or pears. For the chips, look for the wonton wrappers in your produce department. Ready in 10 minutes, they are crunchy, healthy and the perfect scoop for the sweet-heat salsa. — Lawrence Davidson

quick TIP from the CHEF

Wonton wrappers are thin, so don't let the chips bake past the 8-minute mark or they'll burn.

spicy SWEET black bean AND CORN salsa Heat oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Make sure the corn and beans are dry, then toss them in and stir. While they are heating through (about 8 minutes), combine the mango, peppers, onion, sauce, lime juice and spices in a medium mixing bowl. Add in the heated corn and beans along with the cilantro and toss everything together. Cover and put it in the refrigerator to let it cool and mascerate for at least an hour. crunchy BAKED cayenne wonton chips Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Slice a square stack of wonton wrappers in half with a chef's knife. Cut straight down the middle for rectangle chips or corner-to-corner for triangles. Spray a cookie sheet with the olive oil. Arrange the sliced wrappers in a single layer on the sheet, being careful to not overlap. Once the sheet is full, spray the wrappers with olive oil. Sprinkle the kosher salt from a foot or so up and, as evenly as possible, season with the pepper. Bake them in the oven for 7 minutes, or until golden brown. Let them cool on a rack until crunchy. Skip the pepper if you don't want spicy chips. May–June 2012






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Andrew's 228 Petite Peppered Filet


Good Eats  & Treats



Day or night, big or little, cheap or expensive, home-style or gourmet — we’re on the hunt for whatever you’re craving, whenever you’re craving it.

 lunch  As anyone who’s lived here more than a minute knows, Tallahasseeans love, love, love to patronize a new restaurant in town. When you add in tasty food and good prices, jason’s deli gets very crowded at midday. But you can skip the line and order the all you can eat salad bar at a convenient kiosk with the swipe of a card. With an abundance of greens; pasta, bean and potato salads; and dozens of veggies and toppings, it’s easy to eat your fill. But you can also add a cup (99 cents) or bowl ($1.59) of soup, or a meat ($1.79), to your order. While you’ll find carrots and cucumbers, the array includes some delicious surprises such as hummus and gingerbread mini-muffins. Dessert is also included in the $7.59 price.  entree  When a little something is all you want, select the petite peppered filet from the Small Plate menu at andrew’s 228. Crispy prosciutto and goat cheese sit atop a small cut-it-with-a-fork-tender filet that shares the plate with 228’s steak sauce and locally sourced greens. Paired with a Caesar salad prepared tableside ($14 for two), it makes the perfect light dinner before a night on the town. $12  special treat  For lunch, dinner or late night, snack on a savory carolina pulled pork taco topped with gooey chipotle mac ‘n’ cheese — it’s hands down the best item on the mobi food truck menu. A combination of hearty, spicy, comfort food is rolled into a soft taco and served up hot from the window of the mobile bistro for $3 (cash only, please). Add a side of sweet potato fries for a few bucks more.



WHERE DO THE CHEFS EAT? SAGE A RESTAURANT Governor’s Club Executive Sous Chef Matt Varn spends his weekends in Paris every time he heads to Sage for “the best brunch in town.” From chicken and mushroom crepes, brioche french toast and creamy asiago omelettes to raspberry jam croissants and creole barbeque shrimp — “you can’t go wrong with anything on their menu. It’s light, fresh French food that isn’t too rich.” May–June 2012


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»food DINING GUIDE Gourmet Specialty

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A LA PROVENCE French. A rich décor and graceful atmosphere create a memorable dining experience, offering French-Mediterranean cuisine, including Crepes De Mer and Escargot de Bourgogne. A complimentary amuse bouche, a bite-size appetizer, allows chefs to show off their culinary skills to guests. 1415 Timberlane Road. (850) 329-6870. $$$ L D

The restaurants that appear in this guide are included as a service to readers and not as recommendations of the Tallahassee Magazine editorial department, except where noted.

Andrew’s 228 American and Italian. A chic urban restaurant serving signature blends of creative American and Italian cuisine in stylish surroundings. Named one of the Top 20 Restaurants in Florida three years in a row by Florida Trend. Private rooms are available for banquets and meetings. 228 S. Adams St. (850) 222-3444. $$$ D Anthony’s Wood Fire Grill American and Italian. After 26 years in Betton Place, restaurateur Dick Anthony has returned in a new location with a new menu featuring grilled chicken, steak, fish and hamburgers. Italian favorites that made the original Anthony’s so popular have returned on the “First Loves Second Chances” portion of the dinner menu. 1355 Market St. (850) 224-1447, $$ B L D Avenue Eat & Drink American Fusion. A chic restaurant offering a melting pot of flavors fresh from the South, served in scrumptious dining presentations. Sunday brunch is a notto-be-missed treat. 115 E. Park Avenue. (850) 224-0115. $$$ B L D Cypress Restaurant ★ New Southern. Voted “Best Fine Dining” and “Best Celebration/Special Occasion” by Tallahassee Magazine readers in 2011. Sophisticated Southern regional dining in a contemporary, metropolitan setting. Menu features chef-cut fish and aged meats, fresh in-house preparations, a comprehensive wine list and full bar. Valet parking available at night. 320 E. Tennessee St. (850) 513-1100. $$$ L D Food Glorious Food ★ American. Choose from several savory soups, nearly a dozen salads and a great selection of sandwiches and pastas with hot entrées that represent a variety of world cuisines. Heavenly dessert concoctions — voted “Best Dessert” in 2011 by Tallahassee Magazine readers — will please even the most discriminating diner. 1950 Thomasville Road. (850) 224-9974. $$$ L D Georgio’s American. If George Koikos is in the house, you can count on a visit to your table from him during your meal. His hands-on commitment to quality, food, service and a personal touch have kept his restaurants in business for more than 45 years. 3425 Thomasville Road and 2971 Apalachee Parkway. (850) 877-3211. $$$ D Kitcho Japanese Restaurant Japanese. The specialty here is sushi, but you’ll also find other Japanese specialities, including noodles, tempura and box


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combinations. 1415 Timberlane Road. (850) 893-7686. $$ L D Liam’s Restaurant American. Located in historic Downtown Thomasville, Ga., Liam’s serves delicious sustainably sourced, natural, organic foods. The menu changes based upon what the owners find to be the best available ingredients from small artisanal producers. 113 E. Jackson St. (229) 226-9944. $$$ B L D The Melting Pot Fondue. This restaurant offers a variety of fondues including cheese and chocolate dessert. The Melting Pot earned two “Best of” awards in 2010, for “Best Romantic” and “Best Celebration/Special Occasion” restaurant. 2727 N. Monroe St. (850) 386-7440. $$$ D Mockingbird Café Fusion. Enjoy hand-cut steaks and Gulf seafood along with American regional, Mediterranean, Asian and Middle Eastern dishes in an upscale refined atmosphere. Food is fresh, locally purchased and seasonal, made from scratch by talented inhouse chefs. Diners will also enjoy delicious seasonal desserts, nightly food and drink specials and live music on weekends. 1225 N. Monroe St. (850) 222-4956. $$ B L D

Specialty A.J. Sports Bar & Grill ★ American. This hangout spot — named “Best Sports Bar” by Tallahassee Magazine readers in 2011 — is known for its sandwiches, backyard burgers and flavored wings. Watch sports from one of their 50 flat screens, shoot some pool or play darts, or enjoy happy hour. 1800 W. Tennessee St. (850) 681-0731. $ L D Andrew’s Capital Grill and Bar American. Andrew’s, a Downtown landmark for nearly 40 years, is an energetic, casual, see-and-be-seen spot. House favorites include a popular lunch buffet, hamburgers, sandwiches, salads and pasta dishes. Downtown delivery. 228 S. Adams St. (850) 222-3444/Fax (850) 222-2433. $$ B L D The Egg Café And Eatery ★ American. Made-to-order items using the finest ingredients, cooked to your liking. Voted Tallahassee’s best nine times, including the 2011 awards for “Best Breakfast” and “Best Brunch.” In Evening Rose at 3740 Austin Davis Ave. and 3500 Kinhega Drive. (850) 907-3447. $$ B L

Join us for lunch and dinner at our beautiful location on Apalachee Parkway. Our steaks are not only the best in Tallahassee, but USDA choice midwestern corn-fed beef, specially selected, aged to our specifications and cut daily. We also serve fresh jumbo shrimp and fish – grilled, blackened or fried. So please join us for lunch and dinner or just meet up for drinks at our fully-stocked bar.



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»food DINING GUIDE AZu — a Lucy Ho’s restaurant Asian. Serving Tallahassee since 1970, Lucy Ho’s offers Japanese style cooking with Cantonese, Sichuan, Hunan, Peking and Taiwanese influences. Diners will also find a full bar and the freshest sushi. 3220 Apalachee Parkway. (850) 893-4112. $/$$ L D

Moonspin Pizza Pizza. Moonspin offers gourmet pizza and calzones, salads and desserts. Its toppings are fresh from local farms in the South Georgia and Tallahassee area. 113 N. Crawford St., Thomasville, Ga. (229) 226-4488. $ L D

Bella Bella ★ Italian. Cozy home-like atmosphere and authentic homemade traditional Italian food made this Midtown dining hotspot the “Best Italian” winner in 2011. Try their famous Bubble Bread and delicious pasta specials. Catering available. 123 E. 5th Ave. (850) 412-1114. $$ L D

Old Town Café American. Southern hospitality is embedded throughout this family-owned restaurant. Mom’s meatloaf with mashed potatoes and green beans makes you feel like you’re home, not to mention their world famous prime rib, which slowly roasts all day. 1415 Timberlane Road. (850) 893-5741. $$ L D

EL JALISCO ★ Mexican. With two-for-one margaritas most nights of the week, where can you go wrong? And the food, named “Best Mexican/Latin American” in 2011, is great too. Endless chips and salsa complement any menu item; the chicken quesadillas and beef tamales will keep you coming back for more. 2022 N. Monroe St. (850) 878-0800; 2915-301 Kerry Forest Pkwy. (850) 668-1002 and 6497 Apalachee Pkwy. (850) 402-0733. $$ L D Jonah’s Fish & Grits American Southern. Soups, salads, pastas and specialty sandwiches focused on fish and seafood with a Southern twist are featured in an alcohol-free, family-friendly atmosphere. Dinner also includes a more extensive selection from their wood-burning grill including their signature Gingersnap Salmon. Madefrom-scratch hush puppies are a house specialty. 109 E. Jackson St., Thomasville, Ga. (229) 226-0508. $$ L D Kiku Japanese Fusion. With a wide selection of sushi rolls and traditional Japanese dishes, Kiku caters to a variety of tastes. 3491 Thomasville Road Suite 12. (850) 222-5458. $$ L D

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Kool Beanz ★ Fusion. As winner of Tallahassee Magazine’s 2011 “Best Locally Owned” and “Best Casual Dining” restaurant, this colorful and casual spot has been serving up gourmet dishes since 1996. Diners can expect delicious modern American cuisine, as well as dishes influenced by the worldwide travels of the kitchen staff. Menus change daily so guests can expect something new with each visit. 921 Thomasville Road. (850) 224-2466. $$/$$$ L D

Osaka Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar ★ Japanese. Knives flash and patrons gasp as talented hibachi chefs “play” with your food while creating delicious chicken, steak and seafood dishes in front of you. Voted “Best Hibachi” by readers of Tallahassee Magazine. 1690 Raymond Diehl Road. (850) 531-0222. $$$ D Sakura Japanese. Sleek interior design mixed with amazing dishes equals a spectacular meal experience. This new and exciting Japanese cuisine rewards not only your taste buds but also your eyes with its beautifully prepared dishes of sushi and other traditional Japanese fare. 1318 N. Monroe St. (850) 222-9991. $$$ L D THE WINE LOFT Wine Bar ★ American. Enjoy delicious items off the small plate menu and a vast selection of wines in a chic, sophisticated atmosphere downstairs or on the balcony overlooking Midtown. The Wine Loft boasts a generous array of more than 50 wines by the glass and more than 70 by the bottle that earned it “Best Wine List” honors in 2011. 1240 Thomasville Rd., Suite 100 $$ D

Family/Casual Chick-fil-A ★ American. No, there’s not a farm in the back of their restaurant, but one could easily assume it with the fresh, crispy taste of their famous chicken. Voted “Best Fast Food,” Chick-fil-A’s chicken sandwiches, salads, wraps and nuggets are an on-thego treat for the ready-to-roll eater. Four Tallahassee locations. $ B L D

LUNA’S ITALIAN FOOD Italian-American. Gourmet deli sandwiches and pasta dishes to take home. Large selection of imported wine, cheeses, sauces and Italian grocery items — plus Italian gelato. 1122 Thomasville Road. (850) 421-5862. $ L

Coosh’s Bayou Rouge ★ Cajun. Voted “Best Cajun,” Coosh’s offers the best of Louisiana with its signature crawfish, po’boys, gumbo, muffalettas and jambalaya. 2910 Kerry Forest Parkway. (850) 894-4110. $$ B L D

Masa ★ Asian Fusion. This sister restaurant to Lucy Ho’s serves up a creative menu with items such as Chilean Sea Bass with mango salsa, Tropical Fruit, Sweet and Sour Chicken and a Fried Cheesecake Roll. In 2011, Masa repeated wins in the “Best Asian” and “Best Sushi” categories. Enjoy an extensive selection of wine, beer and sake in a dark, original and casual dining setting. 1001 N. Monroe St. (850) 847-0003. $/$$ L D

The Crepevine French Fusion. Delicious signature crepes are stuffed with fillings that make them savory or sweet. You can order from the menu, or create your own. Breakfast-style crepes are served all day long. The menu at this casual bistro also includes salads and yogurt bowls. 2020 W. Pensacola St., (850) 562-7373; 1304 N. Monroe St., (850) 329-6754. $ B L D


Earley’s Kitchen American Southern. For 33 years, Earley’s has been dishing up “good ole Southern” country cooking for breakfast and lunch at its restaurant inside Henry’s Meats. A second location in SouthWood serves fried chicken, pork chops, madefrom-scratch vegetables, desserts and more, as well as a few extra Savannahstyle dishes like shrimp and grits. The SouthWood restaurant also serves a Sunday brunch buffet. 1812 S. Monroe St. (850) 224-7090 and 3196 Merchant’s Row Blvd. (850) 692-3491. $ B L five Guys BURGERS & Fries ★ Burgers. Five Guys was a quick hit with the readers of Tallahassee Magazine, who named its burgers the best in 2010 and 2011. Serving up made-to-order burgers and hot dogs with your choice of Cajun or home-style fries, it’s no wonder this restaurant has customers coming back for more. 1872 Thomasville Road (850) 597-7514 and 3499 Thomasville Road (850) 894-1490. $ L D Hopkins’ Eatery ★ American. Sandwiches, salads, delicious sweets and more. Voted “Best Deli” and once again voted the best place to have lunch by the readers of Tallahassee Magazine in 2011. 1660 N. Monroe St. (850) 386-4258; 1415 Market St. (850) 668-0311; and 1208 Capital Circle S.E. (850) 325-6422. $L MOMO’S ★ Pizza. Boasting the largest pizza you’ll find in Tallahassee, Momo’s offers big flavor that’s gotten a “Best of” award in 2011. Fill yourself up with a slice for yourself or order a pie to share. 1410 Market St. (850) 412-0222 and 1416 W. Tennessee St. (850) 224-9808. $ L D One Fresh Stir Fry American. Choose your cooking style, pick your starch, pick the meat and vegetables and finish up your bowl with sauce and garnish. Toss it in a pan and you have a tasty stir-fry meal, One Fresh style. They also offer a variety of hoagies, sushi, burritos, tacos and barbecue. 1820 N. Monroe St. (850) 422-2111 and 1176 Capital Circle S.E. (850) 580-2111. $ L D Pepper’s Mexican Grill & Cantina Mexican. It’s a fiesta every day at Pepper’s. Enjoy mariachi music as you chow down on fajitas, enchiladas, quesadillas and other Mexican specialties served with their homemade sauces. 1140 Capital Circle S.E. (850) 877-2020. $L D Red Elephant PIZZA AND GRILL ★ American. Enjoy a fresh, fast and filling meal that will satisfy your taste buds and your wallet. The casual atmosphere is perfect for social gatherings with friends and family, say readers of Tallahassee Magazine, who voted Red Elephant “Best Casual Dining” and “Best Family Friendly” restaurant. 2910 Kerry Forest Pkwy. Suite C-3 (850) 668-7492 and 1872 Thomasville Road Suite A. (850) 222-7492. $ L D Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q ★ Barbecue. Enjoy Sonny’s “feel good” barbecue and special sauces. Voted “Best Barbecue” in 2011. 3101 Dick Wilson Blvd.,

(850) 878-1185; 2707 N. Monroe St. (850) 385-2167 and 1460 Timberlane Road (850) 906-9996. $ L D


TOMATOLAND ★ American. This takeout only deli offers comfort food staples for breakfast and lunch such as quiches, a variety of salads and sandwiches, and a daily blue-plate special. Pick up some chicken tetrazinni or eggplant Parmesan for dinner. 1847 Thomasville Road (850) 425-8416. $ L D Wing Stop ★ Wings. Named “Best Wings” winner in 2011, Wing Stop offers freshly made wings sauced and tossed in a choice of nine flavors. Savor something sweet with the Hawaiian sauce or something zesty with the Hickory Smoked BBQ. 1964 W. Tennessee St.. (850) 574-9464; 3111 Mahan Drive (850) 942-9464 and 6668 Thomasville Road (850) 219-9464. $ L D VILLAGE PIZZA AND PASTA Pizza/Pasta. Made-from-scratch New York-style pizza is a favorite at this casual Italian spot, but its mouthwatering pastas with secret marinara sauce are close behind. One of its most popular choices, the Village Special, includes enough fresh toppings such as pepperoni, sausage, broccoli and mozzarella, to satisfy any pizza lover. Not to mention homemade garlic rolls. 1400-33 Village Square Blvd. (850) 893-9001. $$ L D


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BONEFISH GRILL ★ Steak/Seafood. Although a chain, Bonefish works hard to make each restaurant — and each meal — unique with an array of seafood and sauces that can be mixed and matched to diners’ tastes. The restaurant earned 2011 “Best of Tallahassee” honors for its appetizers (Can you say Bang Bang Shrimp?) and the star of its menu, seafood. 3491 Thomasville Road. (850) 297-0460. $$$ D Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grill Cajun. A New Orleans dining experience you won’t soon forget! Delicious Creole cuisine, fresh seafood and steaks, rich pastas, sensational salads and more. “Great Food, Great Service, Good Value, Good Times.” 301 S. Bronough St. (850) 222-3976. $$ L D Marie Livingston’s Steakhouse ★ Steak. This restaurant specializes in steak — named Tallahassee’s “Best Steakhouse” once again in 2011 — but also serves seafood. Marie Livingston’s has moved to a new location with a sophisticated decor, but the quality and value remain the same. 2705 Apalachee Parkway. (850) 562-2525. $$ L D Shula’s 347 Steak. The legendary Miami Dolphins’ head coach brings his philosophy for winning football games — the quest for perfection — to the dining table at his namesake restaurant, located in Hotel Duval. Keep it light and casual with Premium Black Angus Beef burgers or a gourmet salad or opt for one of their signature entrées — “Shula Cut” steaks. Reservations are suggested. 415 N. Monroe St. (850) 224-6005. $$$ D May–June 2012


»the last word

In His Own Words Rediscovering a Father’s Love By Reading His Journals By Melissa Gapinski Franklin

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The author (in the tan coat) in 1982 with her father and sister, Susan Juhlin, on the historic Cutty Sark ship during a trip to Greenwich, England.

Melissa Gapinski Franklin

For years, one unmarked, ordinary cardboard box hid one of the greatest finds of my life. The dusty volumes — my late father’s personal journals — gave me an opportunity to reconnect with an old friend gone from my life far too long. Growing up the daughter of a Florida State University economics professor had its advantages, none of which I fully grasped until much later in life. Traveling through Europe became almost routine. And Europe came to our doorstep in the guise of visiting dignitaries and other national treasures. However, the opportunity to share a cup of coffee with the vice president of Croatia wasn’t enticing enough to keep me around. My social calendar was not going to be denied. A restless rebel, I found myself constantly searching for validation. My dreams for the future changed so rapidly at times I felt a dizzying sense of a loss of purpose, the typical teenager “fish out of water” story. I returned home, begrudgingly, after surgery left me needing my parents and family to aid in my recovery. The relationship developed with my father during that time was a new and nice surprise. Up until that point he had been Dad: the guy who took me places, put Bactine on my scraped knee and helped me with my math homework. This new guy was cool. He was kinda dorky, but funny and fun to be around. My father became my friend. Snapshots remain in my mind of a life filled with music, chocolate, dancing and laughter. He had a real knack for stringing together more corny jokes than I ever knew existed. We shared beach trips, countless nights in front of the television cheering for the Braves and watching “Perry Mason” reruns. He was a generous and unassuming man, who never let people call him his much-deserved title of Dr. Gapinski. “Just call me Jim,” he’d often say. Many told me my whole life how wonderful a person my father was, and only then did I fully understand how right they were. Being around him made you feel good. His love for life was contagious. Then the cancer came. It was always there, lurking. We knew it would come sooner or later but maintained cautious optimism as the years passed after The Event. Back in April 1986, Dad’s work travels took him to a small town somewhere near Ukraine. And on a beautiful Saturday morning, just a short distance away, the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster was about to unfold. A Russian publication titled “Chernobyl” concluded more than 985,000 premature cancer deaths worldwide between 1986 and 2004 were a direct result of radioactive contamination from the meltdown. My father would be one of them. We weren’t allowed to talk about it much, no one was to know — my father feared pity would mar his colleagues’ perception of

anything associated with him. The silent secret compounded my grief. I learned the hard way that misery not only loves company but needs it in the worst way. We also couldn’t say aloud the word “cancer.” The dirtiest of words was muttered not once until my father finally decided he was mentally prepared to do battle with the faceless monster that had wedged itself so firmly into all of our lives. It wasn’t the time for him to get cancer. I was pregnant with his first grandchild, my daughter Meredith, and my 30th birthday was right around the corner. I went through the classic stages of grief, offering promises of going to church more, being a better person, putting others first, if only I could have my father for a while longer. But death, like cancer, cared not. On a quiet night in November 2000, he drew his last breath. And so I began life without my father — my friend. The strength I needed to dig deep and find the courage to go on living without him was something I dreaded I wouldn’t find. But with a stroke of his pen, 11 years later, my friend still speaks to me through the comfort of his written words. It’s the journey of my life again, but this time written through a father’s eyes. And heart. Amidst many new, entertaining and interesting avenues of my father’s life, there is one underlying constant, entry after entry, that can never be denied: I was very loved. And there is no greater gift a father can give his daughter.  n

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