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88 New Year, New You Local experts tackle common New Year’s resolutions — and offer simple ways you can start down the path to health and happiness.

97 The Colors of Cuba Take a photographic tour of this beautiful island that time forgot.

102 Horse Stories SCOTT HOLSTEIN

Tales of two horses: The prized and precious equines who participate in the annual Red Hills Horse Trials, and the often hungry and neglected horses who go on to find new homes through the auspices of Triple R Horse Rescue. January–February 2013


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SNAPSHOT Adopt a tree. It’s free!


CHAT A new invention can save soldiers’ lives.



A heavyweight award with a Tallahassee connection.


CLICK Social media with business in mind.


HERE TO HELP This group cares for the caregivers.


HUMOR What’s a single girl to do on Valentine’s Day?


THE GREAT OUTDOORS Pitch a tent at a state park this winter.


THE NUMERATOR Stats to help you take heart.


PARENTHOOD Spotting depression in children.

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TRENDS Your best accessory is at the tip of your fingers.


DÉCOR Tips for creating your perfect bed.

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SPOTLIGHT A secret spot for cocktails.



ON THE TOWN Cut calories, not fun, on a skinny night out.


A BETTER YOU Smoothing on a safe tan.


FEATURE Women who practice the art of glass.




CALENDAR Study this and get ready to gad about.


THE ARTS Popular artists return for Tallahassee’s signature cultural event.

The painful truth about shingles.

GETAWAYS Everyone can find enjoyment in Mobile. MS. GROW-IT-ALL

Yes, you can grow citrus in North Florida.


The Grove gets a new owner, and a makeover.

AGENDA Moving, shaking and other business.

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social studies You’re looking good; we’ve got the photos to prove it.


THE BUZZ People and the places they’ve been.

FLAVOR Recipes from “Under the Tuscan Sun.” ON the menu

Local food at a restaurant with local roots.

DINING GUIDE You’re sure to find something delicious here.

in every issue 18 Publisher’s Letter 20 Editor’s Letter 22 Contributors 24 Feedback 186 The Last Word

On The Cover

Tyler Finley and Cecily Armengol pedal their way to better health in 2013 on RealRyder stationary bikes at Sweat Therapy Fitness located in midtown. Photo by Scott Holstein. Hair and makeup by Heather Wightman and Audrey Sweet, Dream State Salons.

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special sections 133 Top Salons

Tallahassee Magazine presents its 3rd Annual Top Salon of Tallahassee event

Meet the 11 salon crews participating in the third annual Tallahassee Top Salon competition Feb. 23.


FEBRUARY 23, 2013 | 6PM AT THE UNIVERSITY CENTER CLUB Thank you for your nominations! Eleven of the area’s most popular salons have been selected to compete for the title of Tallahassee’s Top Salon! Now the competition begins. Competing salons will make over a model, and the transformations will be unveiled in a runway show. The salons are featured on the following three pages. A panel of judges and all attendees will cast votes to determine the Top Salon of Tallahassee. Tallahassee’s Top Salon wins an advertising campaign developed by Rowland Publishing and a year-long ad campaign in Tallahassee Magazine. Plus, a portion of the proceeds will benefit the winner’s charity of choice. Tickets are $50 and include one drink coupon, heavy hors d’oeuvres and automatic entry to win a luxurious beach getaway at a Resort Quest Vacation Rentals by Wyndham property and complimentary use of a BMW convertible from Capital Eurocars to drive there in style.


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I must say, the 2012 election cycle was especially grueling and rather unpleasant. The sheer volume of negative advertising that dominated the airwaves and print media was more than enough to get the average person depressed or angry. Being an eternal optimist, depression is not in my vocabulary, but the relentless barrage stirred up a bit of anger … on both sides of the political spectrum. Part of my daily homework is to maintain an awareness of what is going on internationally, nationally, regionally and locally. I focus more time on the last two geographic locations because of the nature of my profession and my keen interest in the day-to-day ebb and flow of the political, business and social environment in Northwest Florida. It deeply saddens me to see such a deep divide between our two major political parties and the level of hate, deceit and polarization that seems to govern how they deal with each other on most every issue. No longer do our government leaders practice the wonderful art of open, honest debate and compromise. How different from the vision of the great minds who wrote our Constitution, believing it to be a blueprint that would guide this country on its journey for centuries to come. I have serious concerns about the country’s future and the long-term health of our free society because of the polarization I now see seeping into the core of American families. I have personally experienced it in my own family, between two people I respect and care for. One person is deeply entrenched in the philosophy of the far right and the other is on the opposite end of the spectrum, the far left. I have been bombarded from both sides with pure ugly, mean-spirited assault emails — to the point I just can’t even open and read them anymore. I cannot even have a simple discussion with either of them because neither is willing or able to look at or consider another point of view or a different philosophy. And I’m talking about highly educated and successful people who have just made up their minds and choose not to be confused with new facts or perspectives. They have their heads buried in the sand. This is the same attitude that has infected Washington. It is penetrating our government, our way of life and the economic foundation that our country, our businesses and our personal lives are built on. This causes me great concern for the health, welfare and future of our country and the society we have created. And it is jeopardizing our position — and future — as a global leader. There was a time not long ago when the world envied America and what we had built over the past 200-plus years. But now I see this admiration slowly beginning to wane as we embarrass ourselves on the world stage — airing our dirty laundry for all to see. I wrote this column on the eve of the November election, a day that makes America unique and special because it marks a peaceful selection of our country’s leadership. At the time I could not wait for the political sewage to drain off. Now the country has chosen its leader for the next four years, and I will respect him with the optimistic hope that we can move forward. No one should look wistfully back over his or her shoulders, continuing to play the blame game for the quagmire America has gotten itself into. Everyone should leave their hate bags at the door with the expectation that both sides of the political equation will come together and do the job they were elected to do. It is time for American leadership and citizens to get America back on a healthy, positive, “can-do” track.

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Shades of Grey

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In the past, whenever it came to resolutions, my thinking was always pretty black and white: Either the promise to improve was kept, or broken. On the diet, or off. Exercising every day, or not at all. House in perfect order, or an unholy mess. Success or — invariably — failure. Last May, I decided to embark on a detoxification process that would require me to be totally “on it” for two weeks. It was pretty extreme — only antioxidant drinks and pureed organic vegetable soups the entire time. No salt, sugar, meat, wheat, caffeine, booze, processed foods … essentially a description of my typical diet. When I began, I was fat, tired, stressed and had digestive issues that were making me miserable. Before throwing even more medicine at my symptoms, I decided to do the detox to “reset” my system and hopefully discover if reactions to certain foods were the root cause of my distress. It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done — and a revelation. Within the first week, I lost weight, had more energy, thought more clearly, slept better and was in a better mood than I could ever remember. And lest you think I was kidding myself, my blood sugar numbers didn’t lie. I am diabetic and, even with lots of medication, my fasting blood sugar usually ran between 130-140. By the end of that first week, it dropped to the mid-80s. When my doctor saw my A1C number afterward, he said it showed “perfect control.” Which is the only reason why I stuck with it. It was hard. Not that I was hungry, but I became aware of the incredible amount of food cues in my life. Dozens of times a day, I was faced with food — cookies in the office, juicy hamburgers on a TV commercial, driving by restaurants. Dozens of times I had to say “no” to temptation. The third week of my program was a gradual re-introduction to a more normal diet, albeit one radically different from what I was used to. I’d like to report that my new, healthier lifestyle carried on throughout the year but, hey, this is me we’re talking about. Yes, I backslid into my old habits, gained back the weight and started feeling punk again. I’m detoxing again, but this time, it’s different. I don’t expect that I’ll be “perfect” once it’s all over, but I’m hopeful something will “stick” this go-round. The first time, I stopped salting my food at the table, ate more salads and drank water much more often than I used to. Maybe this time, I’ll keep up with the exercising or give up the fried food. With that in mind, we created the “New Year, New You” feature package. We looked at many of the typical resolutions people make and asked local experts give advice on small steps we can take to improve our lives. Do them all. Or just pick one and give it the old college try. Just remember, it’s not black or white. You can find happiness in the shades of grey.

Rosanne Dunkelberger

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editor’s pick WELL DONE, GIRL SCOUTS Last November, I was one of 16 honored as a “Woman of Distinction” by the Girl Scout Council of the Florida Panhandle and feted at a gala dinner surrounded by friends. I was asked to write something about what the honor meant to me and came up with a few paragraphs I wanted to share with our readers, because it’s how I feel about the Girl Scouts and all the women and girls they have touched over the past century. Several years ago, I read an article about the “average” American. She was a woman, in her 30s, with two kids …. As I read on, I realized that story was describing me to a T. Average. In many ways, I am as “average” as any other woman, but my position as editor of Tallahassee Magazine offers me visibility and opportunities to serve. I feel it’s my duty to embrace my time in the limelight and do what I can to help others. But I am well aware there are “average” teachers and social workers and store clerks and office workers and people who work hard to maintain faith and family daily who are every bit as much a “woman of distinction” as I’ll ever be. And that’s what I think makes Girl Scouts so special. I see a world full of girls like me who, with guidance and encouragement, can fulfill their potential to become the women of distinction they were meant to be. For 100 years now, Girl Scouting has provided girls the opportunity to envision and work toward a future filled with accomplishment.

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A local Tallahassee girl and Florida State graduate, Caroline knows her way around town. A self-professed “Social Studies” maven and bon vivant, Caroline has found her social calling at Tallahassee Magazine. When not event hopping or picture taking, she serves as Rowland Publishing’s Special Project Manager, coordinating projects for clients including Seminole Boosters, Hilton Sandestin Beach and Tallahassee Visitors Guide. Caroline loves to travel, cook, blog and spend time with her beloved pooch, Agnes.

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Struggling with her weight since middle school, Kim considers herself a “professional dieter” after losing and regaining over 80 pounds more than 12 different times. In the mid ’90s she began teaching fitness classes and doing personal training at several Tallahassee gyms while working full time with the Florida Legislature. She also led Weight Watcher's meetings and was an ambassador for them. In 2010, she quit all her jobs and opened Sweat Therapy Fitness Studio in Midtown with husband Brian, a local attorney and also a fitness instructor. They are changing lives daily by offering great instructors who focus on small group training with fun and challenging equipment.

LAWRENCE DAVIDSON, Creative Director Raised in Tallahassee, Larry brings 20+ years of awardwinning design, editorial and marketing management experience to his role at Tallahassee Magazine. Larry has a long history of creating and launching ideas, with his first magazine being the Tallahassee Democrat's groundbreaking College Football 1993 publication. After moving to North Carolina and helping launch a national NASCAR section for KnightRidder, Larry went on to help create a first-of-its-kind website that pooled content from various newspapers. A self-described “autodidact polymath,” Larry’s interests range from photography to cooking to sports to business. Larry volunteers as a youth sports coach and is married to Gina, a soon-tobe novelist. They have two talented children, Ty and Jillian, and a golden retriever named Clark.


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Thanks for the Memories Back in the 1940s and 1950s, our family used to spend our summers in Northport, Maine, which you described in your article entitled “Getaways – Summer on Maine’s Coast” (July/August 2012). Even now, I have such fond memories of those days at Bayside, diving into the frigid water, sailing Penobscot Bay, spending each day with our friends. Those teenaged summers were so much fun that when Yankee Magazine printed an article about Bayside in its June 1987 issue, it brought joy to my heart. And now you have done it again. Thank you.

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A Story That Needs to be Shared “One Brave Marine” (November/December 2012) was a wonderful story. I worked with Harry (Chaires) and my sister-in-law worked with his wife as a nurse. This is a story that would be wonderful for Fox News to do in the future. Just the way Harry and his wife were able to have the funeral, arranged for the color guard, military escort and military burial at their home (of course, since then the burial site has been enhanced), right up to their business that hires returning vets, (it) is a true story that needs to be told to others in America, which would be helpful to other returning vets. Mac McLendon

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Snapshot Little Gems

Scott Holstein

Leon County is kicking off the New Year with its 21st Adopt-a-Tree Program. In the effort to keep Leon County’s environment lush and beautiful for years to come, the program is donating one tree to homeowners living in Leon County but outside Tallahassee city limits. “I believe the program has two primary impacts. The first, of course, is that more beautiful trees are planted, providing the many benefits of trees that we are all familiar with. The second is that we try to offer different types of native trees that are excellent landscape trees, but that many people aren’t familiar with. So I hope residents learn more about different native trees by participating in the program,” says Tom Jackson, the right of way management superintendent. Since 1992, 4,805 trees have been planted through the program. About 200 to 300 trees are planted each year. The tree available for adoption this year is the “Little Gem” Southern Magnolia. This variety only reaches 20 feet tall when mature and is more manageable than the traditional magnolia. To adopt a tree, the property must be in Leon County, outside the Tallahassee city limits, and the planting site should be in front Ann Bidlingmaier of any home located along any with her American publicly maintained road or Hornbeam trees (also known as on any privately maintained Musclewood) from road with public access. The previous years’ planting site must be in front Adopt-a-Tree of the home. Tree owners programs at her must take responsibility for home in Tallahassee. the tree by watering it three times a week for a year. The application can be found online at Once the application has been submitted, stake out the location for the new tree to show the Public Works Department employees where to plant it. The final day to submit an application is Jan. 31. Homeowners approved for the program will receive the new addition to the family in February or March. With a little TLC and some Florida sunshine, county homeowners can have a precious “Little Gem” to call their own. // Danielle Husband January–February 2013


»life chat

Doctor. Soldier. Entrepreneur. Life-Saver. As a doctor trained in emergency medicine who joined the National Guard after 9-11 and was deployed to Iraq in 2004, John Croushorn knew there was a particular sort of wound that, in the past, almost always led to death on the battlefield or in the ER. When the aorta — the blood vessel leading from the heart that runs down the backbone — is ruptured, it is almost impossible to stop a person from bleeding to death. In wartime, soldiers are particularly vulnerable when they are shot in the pelvis below their body armor. When he returned from his deployment, Croushorn and another doctor, Richard Schwartz, met up at a medical conference and considered the possibility of creating a tourniquet that could stop blood from flowing — “turn off the faucet,” as Croushorn puts it — and save lives. They started by strapping a blood pressure cuff and a heavy book around a person’s midsection and, after some trial and error, have invented a device that has been fast-tracked through the FDA approval process and is now being used by special forces troops in Afghanistan. The device, called an Abdominal Aortic Tourniquet, was highlighted in the June 2012 issue of Popular Science as a winner of one of the magazine’s annual Invention Awards. Croushorn now lives in Birmingham, Ala., but the 42-year-old grew up in a Killearn Acres house where his parents, Jim and Linda Croushorn, still live and was a 1988 graduate of Lincoln High School. He is president of Compression Works, which makes and sells the aortic tourniquet. Croushorn also has interests in other companies that are in the midst of creating other lifesaving devices. He returned to his hometown last fall to share his thoughts about leadership (“The role of a true leader is not to be the first in line, but to be the one who’s holding the door.”) as a guest speaker at First Baptist Church. Some of the topics he touched on were gleaned from a daily devotional book he coauthored in 2009 called, “Battlefields and Blessings: Stories of Faith and Courage in Iraq and Afghanistan.” Before heading back to his wife and two children in Alabama, Croushorn stopped by the offices of Rowland Publishing to talk about his invention, how it works and its exciting possibilities for the future. What does it look like? How does it work? It sort of looks like a fanny pack. It’s got a wedge-shaped bladder, and it’s put around the midsection of the body. It doesn’t matter exactly where. When we’re doing the training we tell the soldiers that the straps should be between the hard parts — the top of the (pelvic bone) and the lower rib cage — and then

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By Rosanne Dunkelberger

they tighten it down as tight as they can. So it’s already real snug, and then there’s a windlass that makes it even tighter. The application time is less than a minute from the time the medic reaches the patient until the time it’s on, applied and the bleeding has stopped. Is it expensive? $475. It replaces a product that weighs eight times as much and costs twice as much.

Dr. John Croushorn displays his awardwinning invention, the Abdominal Aortic Tourniquet, which is currently being used by soldiers in Afghanistan.

Are there any other uses besides the military? The big interesting thing for the civilian sector is … for people who have pelvic fractures. We haven’t changed the way we’ve treated that in 70 years. When they reach my ER I tie a sheet around their hip. That’s it. That’s how we treat people that are bleeding in their pelvis, until we get them into the operating room. Now I can turn the faucet off until they get to the operating room. But the biggest use may be with heart attack patients. We might be able to make cardiac arrest treatment more efficient. When the aorta is clamped off and blood doesn’t have to circulate through the lower body, research has shown that the effectiveness of CPR is increased by a factor of two. Also, when we give adrenaline during a heart attack, it gets circulated to the pinkie toe before it gets to the heart. Modeling shows we can get three times as much of the drug to the heart, three times faster simply by applying the device. There might be far more use in cardiac arrest than ever in the penetrating trauma world. n


Celebrating the Catch Created in 1994 by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, the Biletnikoff Award is presented annually to the nation’s outstanding college receiver and, with the emergence of the passing game in recent years, it has become one of the most notable awards in college football. Each year, the award winner is announced as part of ESPN’s The Home Depot College Football Awards Show. // Lizeth george

The Biletnikoff Award trophy features an 18-inch-tall antiqued gold figure of a player reaching out to catch a football sitting on a base of solid marble that is 4 inches thick and 14 inches wide.

Former FSU receiver Matt Frier posed for the statue, which was created by Tallahassee wildlife artist Jonathan Livingston, who said in a 1997 Tallahassee Magazine story that, before the commission, he rarely painted people and had never sculpted.

At 56 pounds, it’s the largest of all college football position awards.

The Biletnikoff Award recipient is chosen by about 150 college football announcers, commentators, journalists, former players and previous winners of the award.

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The player is dressed in a uniform and helmet from around 1965, the year Biletnikoff, who is now 69, started his 14-year pro career with the Oakland Raiders.

SCOTT HOLSTEIN (biletnikoff award), JOHN PYLE (lee), Vern Verna - Ai Wire (johnson), George Gojkovich (fitzgerald), (moss)

No player from a Florida football program has ever won the award.

Did You Know? » The Tallahassee Quarterback


Club Foundation provides college scholarships to students who excel in academic and extra-curricular activities in spite of significant challenges in their lives. In 2013, the Foundation is expected to provide scholarships totaling more than $640,000.

Marqise Lee, University of Southern California Wide Receiver Even though he’s just a sophomore, the 21-year-old has electrified Trojan fans with his dynamic play, finishing the 2012 regular season with 112 catches for 1,680 receiving yards (both Pac-12 season records) and 14 receiving touchdowns, plus a kickoff return for a touchdown. He currently is second nationally in per game receptions (9.3, first in Pac-12) and receiving yards (140.0), third in all-purpose yards (215.7, first in Pac12) and 11th in kickoff returns (28.6, first in Pac-12). He has set or tied 12 USC individual records in 2012. Lee was a 2012 All-America first-team pick by the American Football Coaches Association. He was the 2012 Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year, was the only unanimous pick on the All-Pac-12 first team and also made the All-Pac-12 second team as a return specialist. Lee has also made the 2012 Sporting News and Phil Steele’s Mid-Season All-American first teams. The other finalists for the 2012 award were Stedman Bailey, a junior at the University of West Virginia, and senior Terrance Williams of Baylor University.

» The trophy itself has been

honored, including Best Trophy award, at the Awards and Recognition Association’s 1998 International Award Market.

» You can see the trophy at

the University Center Club where it is part of a display of memorabilia relating to the Biletnikoff Award.

» The award can be given to

any Division 1-A player who catches the football — tight ends, slot backs, wide receivers or running backs.

» The winner was announced

Dec. 6, 2012, and the award will be presented to the winner at a Feb. 9 banquet at the University Center Club that is expected to draw 550 people.

» Former Miami Dolphin and

New York Giants fullback Larry Csonka will be the keynote speaker at the 2013 Biletnikoff Award banquet. Csonka, inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, contributed to the Miami Dolphin’s three Super Bowl seasons during the early 1970s, including the famed perfect season in 1972.

» The winner is also given

the Biletnikoff ring, a daily reminder of his achievements. A Biletnikoff Award pendant is also given to the award recipient, who customarily presents it to a woman who supported and stood by the recipient throughout his football career.

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larry fitzgerald

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2011 Justin Blackmon Oklahoma State University

2005 Mike Hass Oregon State University

1999 Troy Walters Stanford University

2010 Justin Blackmon Oklahoma State University

2004 Braylon Edwards University of Michigan

1998 Troy Edwards Louisiana Tech University

2009 Golden Tate University of Notre Dame

2003 Larry Fitzgerald University of Pittsburgh

1997 Randy Moss Marshall University

2008 Michael Crabtree Texas Tech University

2002 Charles Rogers Michigan State University

1996 Marcus Harris University of Wyoming

2007 Michael Crabtree Texas Tech University

2001 Josh Reed Louisiana State University

1995 Terry Glenn Ohio State University

2006 Calvin Johnson Georgia Institute of Technology

2000 Antonio Bryant University of Pittsburgh

1994 Bobby Engram Pennsylvania State University

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Linked Tips from the Pros for Business Social Networking By Lizeth George It’s one of those websites of that pops up in your email inbox: “I’d like to add you to my professional network!” Should you hit “delete” or give it a try? We’re talking about LinkedIn — one of the most rapidly expanding social networking websites for business professionals. Launched in 2003, LinkedIn provides an environment where businesses can connect with other contacts in order to establish future relationships. The site has more than 170 million members and, as of June 30, people are joining at a rate of approximately two new members per second. In order to better understand the world of LinkedIn, Heidi Otway, director of Salter Mitchell, and Mandy Stark, senior account manager with RB Oppenheim Associates, agreed to share their personal experience with and knowledge of the website. What should people upload about themselves? Otway: You can put basic information, like your name, current employer, degrees, advanced training and a professional photo. Think of it as a place to showcase your “professional brand.” So that should include your resume, your skill sets, experience, case studies and even getting former colleagues or clients to recommend you. Stark: For starters, a picture — this immediately boosts your visibility and credibility. Make sure you look natural, professional and approachable, and think of your photo as your chance to make a great first impression. What do you mainly use your LinkedIn profile for? Otway: LinkedIn is the go to place for people seeking to network, generate leads, find employment or seek information about an industry, company or individual. Stark: This is a place to post timely, newsworthy articles, mention colleagues who were helpful or with whom you enjoyed doing business, share details about business events and more. What type of people should you link with? Otway: People in your industry and people you know

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outside of your industry. I’ve LinkedIn with my family and friends all over the country, because they are interacting with business professionals who could work for my current and future clients. Be sure to join the groups on LinkedIn as well. Stark: It may be tempting to send an invitation to somebody you sort of know and choose the default, “I’d like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn,” option. This is not a good idea. Instead, mention a mutual friend, coworker or personal connection that you may have, or refer to a time when you’ve met your potential connection. What is the security of the website like? Otway: LinkedIn has a number of security options that allow users to decide what information to share publicly and what to keep reserved only for your connections. People have to make a request to connect on the site, and users can require additional information before agreeing to allow someone to access to their page. Stark: It’s safe to say that LinkedIn takes security seriously. However, members should protect their privacy and security online by crafting a strong password and changing it frequently. LinkedIn is a valuable website for companies and business professionals looking to expand their professional contacts. As with anything on the Internet, be careful what you post, because the information you share will be published online forever. It is easy to create a free profile, or, if you are a business, you can dish out a couple dollars a month and get more rewards. n Januaryâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;February 2013



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Alzheimer’s Project Cares for Caregivers Local Nonprofit Reaches Out to Support Unsung Heroes By Amanda Broadfoot

Tricia Culbertson has a full-time job, but

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she has no salary, no “coworkers” and no benefits, other than the satisfaction of knowing her aging parents are well cared for. She is a caregiver, and Culbertson would have become increasingly isolated if it hadn’t been for one Tallahasseebased nonprofit: Alzheimer’s Project Inc. “I’ve been unable to return to work since 2004 and have lost all my professional contacts,” she said. “I sort of fell into a world where I knew nothing about what I was doing … through Alzheimer’s Project, I was invited to participate in a number of events — educational and support groups. I made friends among those groups.” Alzheimer’s Project Inc. ( has been caring for caregivers in Tallahassee since 1991. The brainchild of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church’s Services and support from then-pastor Rev. John Fletcher, Alzheimer’s Project have the nonprofit started as a small helped Tricia Culbertson outreach, housed at the church, (right) deal with the supporting those caring for challenges of being a caregiver for her mother, elderly relatives with Alzheimer’s Molly Murray (left). or related dementia. January–February 2013


»life HERE TO HELP More than 20 years later, Alzheimer’s Project is still based at St. Paul’s here in Tallahassee, but has expanded to serve local caregivers in 12 counties of the Big Bend. “We provide respite care, support groups, in-home care and educational resources to current and former caregivers,” said Bill Wertman, CEO and director of Alzheimer’s Project. “And all of our services are completely free to anyone who needs them.” And despite the name, the nonprofit is not limited to serving caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s; they also provide services to families caring for people of all ages with disorders such as autism and Down Syndrome.

What is Alzheimer’s Disease?

A new individual is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease every 69 seconds, and it affects 5.4 million people in the United States alone. For those with the disease, a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s can mean from two to 20 years of decline. Alzheimer’s disease is now the fifth leading cause of death in America for those over 65. Wertman, who also teaches in the social work departments at both Florida State and Thomas

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universities, is quick to point out that “forgetfulness due to aging or increased stress is not dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. ‘Dementia’ is an encompassing term to define the loss of cognitive functions such as thinking, remembering and reasoning of sufficient severity to interfere with a person’s daily functioning.” Dementia, he explains, is not a disease in itself, but a group of symptoms. When a person has dementia, he/she will lose the ability to think, reason and remember and will inevitably need assistance with activities of daily living such as dressing and bathing. Changes in personality and mood also are symptoms of dementia. Very few dementias are treatable or reversible, and Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of untreatable, irreversible dementia. The stress on a caregiver — often the child or spouse of the person with dementia — can take its toll. Lynda Hartnig cared for her father with Alzheimer’s disease until he passed away in 2011. “You know the person you love is there,” she said, “but they’re slipping away. There are other diseases where you have hope, and with this disease there is no hope [of a cure]. They can’t even let you know what they want anymore.”

“One message that we would love to communicate to potential donors in the area is that local funds stay local to help local people. When you consider how many people are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and related memory issues every day, chances are you know a caregiver — whether you know it or not.” — Bill Wertman, CEO and director of Alzheimer’s Project

Respite: Rest for the Weary

Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or related dementia can take both a physical and psychological toll on the caregiver. Because of that stress, respite care is the primary outreach of Alzheimer’s Project. “The idea behind respite care is to give those caregivers a break,” said Wertman. “A few hours to go grocery shopping, get their hair cut or just take a nap.” A respite day is designed to be engaging and interactive for the client. From 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., they are under the care of experienced staff with a ratio of two clients to each staff member or trained volunteer. The day begins with play therapy, which might be a game like Bingo; followed by music therapy, a nice lunch and pet and/or art therapy. Occasionally, they also offer a seated yoga instructor and a monthly sing-along with children from Cornerstone Learning. All therapy is administered by certified therapists, and thanks to strong relationships with organizations like Tallahassee Memorial Hospital and FSU, specialists in communication disorders, translators for non-English

speakers and qualified healthcare professionals are always available. “Sometimes, we also engage in some aromatherapy through cooking projects,” Wertman explained. “You want to see someone suddenly remember a familiar scent that brings a quick smile to their face? Bake some chocolate chip cookies!” Respite is offered on a weekly basis onsite and can also be provided in home by a trained volunteer. “The faith community has been invaluable in providing this service,” said Wertman. “Across denominations and faiths, these organizations have all stepped up to make this possible.” In Tallahassee alone, respite rooms are offered weekly at Temple Israel, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church and Killearn United Methodist. Demand for respite care is growing. Wertman explained that each of the Tallahassee respite locations are operating at maximum capacity (18-20 clients) and Alzheimer’s Project would love to expand the service to locations on the south and west sides of Tallahassee. In addition, he receives a stream of requests from rural areas to open day-respite programs in some of the out-

lying counties: “In some of those counties, we’re the only service to which caregivers have access.”

Project Lifesaver

In addition to respite care, Alzheimer’s Project provides services such as support groups and educational resources like training for caregivers. One of the most valuable support services they fund is the Project Lifesaver program, a reliable and proactive rescue program for persons with Alzheimer’s disease, related memory disorders, Down Syndrome and autism. Electronic bracelets allow law enforcement officers to quickly locate a person who has wandered and safely return them home. “We have volunteers who work exclusively with this program,” said Wertman. “They meet with the family once per month, change the batteries in the bracelet and enter notes about the battery change in an online database.” Ron Davis, who serves on the board of directors of Alzheimer’s Project, cares for his father, Rosser Davis, who has been diagnosed with mid-stage dementia. “Alzheimer’s Project provides this monitoring device for Dad, which gives my wife and me the confidence that, if

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Dad wanders again when we’re traveling, we can easily and safely get him back home.” Partially funded by the City of Tallahassee, the program receives significant direct contributions from the Pilot Club of Tallahassee, which helped to get Project Lifesaver started in Tallahassee.

Funding the Project

Alzheimer’s Project is committed to keeping all services free to caregivers, so fundraising is an ongoing mission. To provide a year of weekly respite care in one location costs Alzheimer’s Project $12,000. The nonprofit operates with an overhead of approximately 24 percent, said Wertman, “Because what we provide is actually human service, the direct human touch.” Besides Wertman, there are five other staff members at Alzheimer’s Project, including a clinical director, two respite room coordinators, a volunteer manager and Office Manager Karen James. In addition, there are 147 volunteers across the 12 counties, including 65 volunteers devoted specifically to Leon County. “One message that we would love to communicate to potential donors in the area is that local funds stay local to help local people,” said Wertman. “When you consider how many people are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and related memory issues every day, chances are you know a caregiver — whether you know it or not.” The annual Leading the Way Gala, scheduled for April 19, is one of the major fundraising events for Alzheimer’s Project. Approximately 300 attendees enjoy an enormous silent auction, dinner, award ceremony and live music with all funds directly benefiting Alzheimer’s Project Inc. Other events include a November Walk and the annual Parrothead Phrenzy, usually held in June or August. For the past eight years, the local Tallahassee Parrothead Club has hosted the Phrenzy and donated all proceeds to Alzheimer’s Project. Ticket sales allow Jimmy Buffet fans to dance the night away for a good cause. “It was the brainchild of my


Warning Signs of Dementia ► M  emory loss that

disrupts daily life

► R  epetition: stories,

words, etc.

► L anguage problems:

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► P  ersonality changes,

such as sudden mood swings

► D  isorientation and

confusion: lost in familiar surroundings

► Lack of hygiene ► O  dd behavior: placing

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mentor, Penny Weimer,” said Wertman. “And this year they raised a record-breaking $6,500!” In addition to organized events, Wertman said he’s been humbled by the individuals and groups that walk in off the street and hand over checks to Alzheimer’s Project. The Tally Ho Bridge and Canasta club recently presented them with a check for $1,000 while a separate group organized by Padmini Lakshmin raised more than $1,500 for the agency. From the Holy Mother of God Greek Orthodox Church to the local NARFE (National Active and Retired Federal Employees) group, supporters of Alzheimer’s Project are as diverse as the community of Tallahassee itself.

Tallahassee’s Best-Kept Secret

One of Alzheimer’s Project’s greatest challenges, said Wertman, is letting people who need help know the agency exists for them as caregivers and what the organization provides locally through social outreach. “Too often caregivers get isolated and have so much on their plates that they don’t know where to turn or who to reach out to,” he said. He encourages anyone who knows a caregiver to share the message about the free support services provided by Alzheimer’s Project. Also, sometimes Tallahassee’s homegrown Alzheimer’s Project can be confused with the national Alzheimer’s Association. The latter group holds fundraising walks nationwide, including one locally, and focuses on advancing research, providing care and support and promoting brain health. Tricia Culbertson is a fan; she now has a network of friends who understand her challenges, and they support one another. “The work [Alzheimer’s Project] does outside their walls is just as phenomenal as [respite care],” she said. “I had to sell my parents’ house to pay for my mother’s care. My friend from Alzheimer’s Project painted my mother’s house and has spent over 100 hours getting it in shape for sale.” She’s thoughtful as she goes on: “It’s very nice to find a group that says, ‘I’ll help you,’ and they mean it. You don’t find that everywhere.” n Skyler Matchett contributed to this story. January–February 2013


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Valentine’s Day mix-and-match start here HOW ARE YOU FEELING?

‘Expert’ Advice to All the Single Ladies How to Enjoy THE Night Dedicated to Couples Being single isn’t so bad … in fact it can be quite fantastic. However, Valentine’s Day inevitably rolls around each year to serve as a nagging reminder that you don’t have that significant other to buy you overpriced flowers, cheap candy and ugly stuffed bears (just what every girl wants, by the way). But don’t fret my single lassies, Tallahassee has something for all of us, too. This chart will guide you through several scenarios for Valentine’s Day success (and you won’t end up eating your coworker’s leftover chocolate while sitting in your pj’s Bridget Jones-style). This year, the couple-loving holiday falls on a Thursday, so I would save your celebration for Friday after the V-day crowds thin out. That said, gather up your best single gal-pals, put on your highest heels and hit the town. // CAROLINE CONWAY

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chill & casual

Hit the Wine Loft for cocktails and a cheese board, then trot across Thomasville Road for dinner at Kool Beanz.

Grab a beer and pretzels at Finnegan’s then mosey to Cabos for margaritas and tacos.

footloose & ‘fancy’ free Sip a martini while watching the sunset at Level 8, then sashay up Monroe Street to Bella Bella for vino and amazing Italian food.

dancing anyone?

one more beer?

call it a night?

Check your lipstick, hike up your skirt and shimmy on over to the 5th Avenue Tap Room. Shake it, sista!

Check out Fermentation in the G Street district for a new crowd and great beer.

Hey that’s OK too. Go ahead and throw in that Bridget Jones DVD. Who makes a better date than Mark Darcy anyways?

call me a cab! I’m exhausted, and I just spilled my wine into my favorite clutch.

digits exchanged He was cute, he asked for my number, and I don’t normally give it out … but just this once. It is Valentine’s after all.

sir cheesy truck? I know it was parked here on the way in.

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Camping Winter is a Great Time to Not-So-Rough it in Northwest Florida’s State Parks By Chuck Simpson

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The holiday season has passed, you’re feeling a little sluggish and cabin fever is taking its toll. Watching the outside world from behind a windowpane is growing painfully boring, and you fear you might be suffering from “Seasonal Affective Disorder.” Sound familiar? I’m sure plenty of people living in North Florida feel this way every winter. Don’t worry, there is a surefire cure for this type of emotional torment — get outside. The months of January and February are the perfect time of year to take advantage of the outdoors and numerous campgrounds the Florida Park Service maintains, especially here in our region. Why not get out and spend some quality time in the outdoors with family and friends? Shed those wintertime blues! Take it back to a time when things ran at a slower pace. Camping is a relatively inexpensive, simple way to overnight in great locations while enjoying fun activities. Imagine sitting around the campWhile there might fire with family, children or friends, be a chill in the air, with no outside interruptions (turn winter is a perfect the smart phones off), grilling hotdogs, time to camp at state roasting marshmallows and telling stoparks in Northwest ries. Then going to sleep to the sounds Florida, including of the night birds — real relaxation. You several near the Gulf don’t even have to rough it. of Mexico. Januaryâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;February 2013


Ready, Set, Camp!

No less than six state parks are within easy driving distance of Tallahassee. Here’s a short overview of the parks and a description of the natural wonders you can expect to find at each one. For more information regarding these parks or others statewide, visit Florida Caverns State Park

Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park

Located in Jackson County, it’s one of the few state parks with dry air caves and the only one to offer cave tours. A freshwater spring and the Chipola River are accessible from the park. Multiuse trails accommodate hikers, people riding bicycles and those who enjoy horseback riding. A tour of the caverns is a great place to take the kids.

Boasting several miles of pristine beach and natural sand dunes, this state park is known for its phenomenal saltwater fishing opportunities and easy access to Gulf waters. St. George is a favorite among locals and people coming from afar. The campground is a full-service facility.

Ochlocknee River State Park

St. Joseph Peninsula State Park

Sugar sand beaches and Gulf waters teeming with sea life are the theme for this park in Gulf County. There is a boat ramp at Eagle Harbor, located in the state park, which provides access to St. Joe Bay and ultimately the Gulf. There are a generous number of campsites and several cabins are available. The Gulf Coast is a beautiful place in late winter as the temperatures gradually begin to rise. Saltwater fishing can be phenomenal in February.

Three Rivers State Park

Also in Jackson County, just along the Georgia state line, Three Rivers is a peaceful setting along the banks of Lake Seminole. It’s the perfect location for outdoor sports people. A boat ramp provides access to some of the best fishing and waterfowl hunting in the state, and there is a fishing pier. Full access camping is available, and cabins can be rented.

Florida Caverns

Here you’ll find a unique opportunity to camp along the banks of the Ochlocknee River just upstream from the Gulf. Both fresh and saltwater fish species inhabit the area and are abundant in the river and its tributaries this time of year. The park has an improved boat ramp and is a favorite among fisherman. The diversity of plants and wildlife found within the park makes this the perfect location to view wildlife, hike or go bicycling. It has a full facility campground, and its close proximity to Tallahassee makes it one of my favorite locations for a short getaway.

Torreya State Park

Situated in the bluffs along the Apalachicola River in Liberty County, it’s only a short drive from Tallahassee. This park has great hiking trails and phenomenal natural features found nowhere else in the state. If you are up for a little history lesson, take a tour of the Gregory House, a fully furnished plantation home built in 1849.

Three Rivers Torreya

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Ochlocknee River

St. George Island

Pictured above is a YURT (Yearround Universal Recreational Tent) that can be rented at Torreya State Park.

Here in North Florida, winter’s seasonally cooler but relatively mild temperatures are a welcome departure from the oppressive subtropical climate we experience during summer and early fall. Average temperatures range from lows in the upper 30s to highs in the upper 60s, and there are fewer biting insects. In short, we have great winter weather. Combine that with the large number of state parks that offer camping, and you have phenomenal opportunity to affordably enjoy Florida’s outdoors. The Florida Park Service is broken into five districts statewide, and Tallahassee lies within the Northwest District. There are approximately 35 state parks in this district and more than half are within an hour-and-a-half drive of the Capital City. Six nearby parks offer overnight camping. Most offer full facility camping: electricity, water, restrooms and accommodations for tents and campers. Most are handicap accessible. A few parks have cabins for rent in addition to the campsites. If you don’t mind venturing a little further from home, the Park Service maintains a large number of campsites statewide. The Florida Park Service has a very easy-to-navigate, comprehensive website with in-depth information on each state park, making it very easy to enjoy your tax dollars at work. Florida State Parks located in the Northwest District provide activities for all ages. Some parks are inland, and others are located along the Gulf Coast. The variety of locations present a perfect playground and educational atmosphere for outdoor enthusiasts — such as camping, fishing, biking, hiking, equestrian activities and the opportunity to learn a little about the Sunshine State’s history and unique natural features. Camping at state parks can be as complicated or as simple as you want to make the outing. Different state parks offer a variety of outdoor activities and, with a little research and preparation, a low-stress adventure can be had only a short distance from home. Plan before you embark upon your quest. Decide what activities you want to undertake. Check to see what amenities are offered at the park you are visiting. Find a park that looks interesting to you. See if you will need to make reservations. Some parks regularly fill up, even in the winter. Make sure you have the right gear. Decide what meals you will be eating beforehand. Carry plenty of food and water. Try to prepare

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meals that won’t leave many scraps afterwards. This will cut down on the likelihood of animals Campfires are the paying you an unwanted visit. perfect place to Keep an eye on the weather forecast so you have share hot dogs, marshmallows the proper clothing. At times, winter months can and stories. be very cold in Florida, but that just adds to the fun of having a blazing campfire. If possible, you may want to carry a supply of firewood with you. Remember, when in the outdoors you want to be comfortable, but less is always easier. Most campgrounds are easily accessible and only a short distance from where your automobile will be parked, so it isn’t like you will be camping primitively out on the trail. When arriving at your campsite, take a few minutes to look around before you begin setting up camp. Look at the terrain. You don’t want to pitch a tent on top of roots or at the bottom of a wash where water may travel during a rainstorm. Check around to see if there are any obstacles that may need to be cleared, which could affect your comfort or safety. See what setup works best for eating, fires, sleeping, etc. Set up camp in a manner that makes it easy to move about, especially in the dark of night. Now that you’ve found your campsite, pitched camp, have the fire going and the hotdogs out, it’s time to get down to the business of relaxation, shedding the stress and enjoying one of Florida’s greatest treasures — the outdoors. Several local stores carry everything a novice camper needs to have a comfortable camping trip. If new to camping, do your research. You don’t have to break the bank to acquire the right equipment. I’m a fan of

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specialty stores because of the knowledge that comes with the experience of the staff. In the winter, a quality Generally, the staff is able to offer a few sleeping bag is a must, and don’t forget to bring tips and pointers, which can save you time, something that protects money and will allow you to obtain what you from the cold, hard you actually need. But if you’re a gearground — or you’ll be in for head, none of the above matters. an uncomfortable night. Regardless of what you decide to purchase, there are three things you never want to cut corners on: your tent, your sleeping bag and bedding. A tent is your first line of defense from the elements. Without a sturdy, weatherproof tent you will discover the meaning of the word “miserable” sooner than later. Your sleeping bag is what keeps you warm on a cold night, and I never camp without some type of physical barrier between myself and the ground: air mattress, foam mattress or a cot, it just depends on where I am and what the situation is. I learned early in life that the ground is never very soft, and it can get very cold. Other handy items to have along on an outing are lanterns, a cooking stove and various tools such as an axe, machete, knife, plenty of sturdy rope (parachute cord works well and is compact), spare tent stakes, insect repellent, a first aid kit and plenty of matches. To store, transport and keep these items organized, I’m a fan of plastic boxes like Rubbermaid manufactures. These containers come in all different sizes, are mostly weatherproof, can protect your food and supplies from the elements, not to mention a variety of unwanted pests. n

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Your Heart, Your Health Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women and men in the U.S. Because February is American Heart Month, here are some statistics on the cost of cardiovascular disease and how you can learn to prevent it by eating and living better. // Linda Kleindienst

of moderate daily activity will help lower cholesterol and blood pressure

$444 billion servings of fruits and vegetables each day will help prevent heart disease

Cost of health care expenses and lost productivity resulting from cardiovascular disease

Heart attacks and strokes suffered by Americans each year

» 16.6 percent — U.S. adult

population with high cholesterol

» 68 million — Americans with


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Just a Mood … Or More? What Parents Need to Know About Children and Depression By Laura Bradley

Realizing your child might have depression can raise a slew of questions: whether it really is depression, what to do if it is and how to talk to your child might be a few. Whatever your worries, the key is to realize depression is easily treated and is far from abnormal — one in four Americans will experience depression at some point in life. Dr. Jay Reeve, president and CEO of the Apalachee Center, recipient of the 2003-2004 Outstanding Teaching award for child and adolescent psychiatry at Brown University and licensed clinical psychologist for 18 years, advises that if a child’s behavior is severely uncharacteristic (diverging from their usual behavior or maturity level), or seems completely causeless, it could be a sign of chronic depression. This is the difference between a child who has depression and a child who is experiencing moodiness. “There’s a fairly broad normal range for mood fluctuation,” Reeve stressed. A child who is sad or throwing a tantrum could easily just be reacting to an environmental stimulus. But if the attitude seems completely unwarranted or uncharacteristic, such as seemingly spontaneous anger or reclusion, it could be a sign of something larger, he said. Children can display symptoms of chronic depression as young as four years old. Until they are older, however, it might be very difficult to parse these symptoms from those of anxiety. Reeve advises parents to watch for such symptoms as emotions that seem unrelated to their surroundings and situations, or a disengaged attitude. Regression (when a child begins to behave more immaturely than is characteristic or expected for them), severe school avoidance and aversion to people with whom they are normally close are other warning signs. “What you really want to watch out for are things that are interfering in the normal activities of daily life,” Reeve explained. If your child no longer participates in daily habits such as eating, sleeping or socializing, there is a good chance something is wrong. Parents should start thinking about getting professional help if a child’s emotional disturbance lasts for a month or more, he advised. He goes on to say that parents who believe their child

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might have depression should seek an assessment by a child therapist or psychiatrist, not just their pediatrician. “Even though I think that there is a huge value to the medicines that are out there to treat depression, it is also hugely important, especially with kids and adolescents, that they get seen by psychiatrists,” he said. Psychiatrists are specially trained to assess a child’s symptoms and determine the best treatment plan. This could be as simple as changing something in the child’s home or routine, which can sometimes be an alternative to prescribing medications. Reeve recalled a past patient, a 12-year-old boy who lived in a bad neighborhood and was not allowed to leave his house much, because of his relatives’ misgivings about his surroundings. The teenage boy had begun to show symptoms of depression — he was generally disengaged, and his grades were slipping. Reeve knew that he needed to find his patient an outlet. After some time, the boy began skateboarding at a park nearby his home, where he could be supervised. With his newfound hobby (and friends to match), the boy began to re-engage. He was more social, happier and proud of his achievements. “In his case … it was just a matter of seeing what the environmental deadlock was and … giving him an opportunity to get out of it,” Reeve recalled. The most important thing to keep in mind is that depression is common, diagnosable and treatable. When talking to your child about their depression, especially with older children and teenagers, it’s crucial to do so in a non-stigmatizing manner. “Everybody goes through bad times, and everybody could use some help during the bad times they go through,” said Reeve. Parents who recognize the issues — and are positive and proactive about working though depression — can make all the difference. n

WHAT iS DEPRESSION? The behavior of depressed children and teenagers can be different from that of adults, according to the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. Here are some signs your child might be depressed, from the group’s website,

»Frequent sadness,

tearfulness, crying

» Decreased interest in

activities or inability to enjoy previously favorite activities

»Hopelessness, per-

sistent boredom, low energy, social isolation, poor communication

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The Grove Reborn Home to Two Florida Governors, the Call-Collins House is Now a Public Treasure Florida has many beloved, historical places. The Fountain of Youth in St. Augustine has its own sacred lore, and certainly most old-time Florida Crackers believe that when they die they spend eternity at “Miss Marjorie’s” humble farmhouse down in Cross Creek. It takes a long cross-state drive to visit many of these legendary places, but probably no other city or town in Florida has as many important landmarks as Tallahassee, places that are not only significant to the town but played epic roles in the state’s history as well. And perhaps no other local landmark best exemplifies this significance than the Call-Collins House at “The Grove.” The third (and fifth) territorial governor, Richard Keith Call, built the estate in the mid- to late-1820s. Today, the Greek revival-style home he designed and built sits on the same site. It’s next door to the 55-year-old Governor’s Mansion, but practically unseen, surrounded by leafy, tranquil woods.

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The Grove is an heirloom of sorts, owned by succeeding generations of Call cousins and daughters, the last being Mary Call Darby Collins, wife of Florida’s popular 33rd governor, LeRoy Collins. Since her passing in 2009 it has belonged to the people of Florida and is in the process of transitioning from private residence to museum. “We’re looking to see this museum as a hub of Florida history located right in the heart of the state capital, and from here you can start to appreciate our 10,000 years of history in Leon County,” said June Finnegan, education coordinator with the Department of State’s Division of Historical Resources, which now owns the property. A protégé of Andrew Jackson, Call married Mary Letitia Kirkman at Jackson’s Tennessee home, The Hermitage, in 1824. After a brief stint in Congress, he moved to Florida in 1825. He built his plantation home between 1825 and 1836 on 640 acres near today’s East First Florida’s 33rd governor, LeRoy Collins, bought the Avenue. Back then, property with his wife, Mary Call Darby Collins, in 1942 the boundaries of and lived at The Grove at times during his two terms. the Call property were (roughly) West Tharpe Street to the north and including Lake Ella, Meridian Road to the east, Brevard Street to the south and Dewey Street to the west. Today, though, only 10 acres remain. The rest of the property was sold off over time to pay for keeping the house in the family. The property is bordered now by North Monroe Street to the east, East First Avenue to the south, North Duval Street to the west and West Third Avenue to the north. Call served as territorial governor twice, from 1836 to 1839 and 1841 to 1844. When Florida became a state in 1845, Call lost a gubernatorial bid and retired from public life to pursue agricultural interests. He gave The Grove to his daughter, Ellen Call Long and moved to another plantation house in 1851. He died on Sept. 14, 1862, and is buried in the family cemetery at The Grove. The house was handed down in the Call family all the way down to Call’s granddaughter, Reinette Long Hunt. When Hunt died, she left the house to some cousins in Ohio, but Finnegan said they weren’t interested in maintaining the house and decided to sell it. That’s when Mary Call Darby Collins, Call’s great-granddaughter, entered the picture. She had just married LeRoy Collins and, as a descendant of Richard Keith Call, really wanted to live there, Finnegan said. The Collins family bought the property in 1942 and

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set up housekeeping, raising a family and venturing into Florida politics. During his two terms as governor, LeRoy Collins became known as a strong civil rights advocate and a forward-thinking man leading a booming state. At one point, he was featured on the cover of Time magazine. While the old plantation house wasn’t exactly dilapidated, it still had seen better times, Finnegan said. “It was in pretty bad Richard Keith Call purchased shape when they pur“Doyle’s Land,” noted in the chased it, because the upper right corner, in 1824. Call’s land was comprised of women who owned the 640 acres immediately north of house didn’t have a lot of the city of Tallahassee in 1829. money, and yet they did as much as they could,” she said. “One of the things Ellen did was she sold off a lot of the land which is how it went from 640 acres to 10 acres and that’s how she kept the house. Reinette did various things as well (and sold) more property. It was always a priority to keep the house in the family.” The new owners modernized the old place as best they could; but when Collins was elected governor, they moved next door to the “old” governor’s mansion. However, they moved back to The Grove temporarily when the “new” mansion was being built. After two terms in office, and a

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busy political life, Gov. Collins returned to Tallahassee in 1970 and the family moved back to The Grove. Realizing the significance of the property, the Collins family sold the house to the Department of State in 1985, Finnegan said. “When they did that, a statute was created that said the house has to be a museum honoring Florida’s governors, and by statute we’re obligated to fulfill that,” she said. “Right now, we are in the process of restoring the house and the property and potentially acquiring buildings to expand the amount of land we have, and developing the interpretive elements and aspects of the house.” The law also stipulated that as long as they were alive, Gov. and Mrs. Collins were allowed to live there. Gov. Collins died in 1991; Mrs. Collins died in 2009 at the age of 98. True to the wishes of the Collins family, the estate changed hands and is now a ward of the Florida Department of State’s Division of Historical Resources. The restoration has proved challenging in a couple of ways. During early surveys, more structural damage was found than was expected, Finnegan said, and it’s uncertain how much funding the project will get. But perhaps the biggest problem is the ever-present threat posed by water intrusion. “Controlling the moisture is a big issue, and that’s

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true for most historic homes,” Finnegan said. Call built the home out of brick and wood, and meant for it to last for generations. But after 175 years, some parts need a little TLC. “Basically, the house was in pretty good shape, and the brick construction is the same as it was when built by slaves in Call’s time,” she said. “Those bricks were handmade on this property, and the slaves laid the bricks, but some of the bricks had some cracks in them so (architects and reservationists) had to go in and remove the plaster and fill in spaces where the bricks had cracked. It’s mostly been repair-type work.” Outside the family, and the Artifacts found in the cistern at The Grove privileged few who have had (top) included a small tapestry painting occasion to set foot there, The (above). Grove is largely unknown by most Tallahassee residents because it’s never been open to the public. Eventually the house will be accessible to the public, but it’s going to be a bit different from the nearby Goodwood plantation house because the furnishings aren’t available to turn it into a similar period-correct set piece, Finnegan said. “It will have workshop space, museum exhibits, but it won’t be like Goodwood. We’d like it to be, but we don’t have the furnishings,” she said. “We have a lot of the family papers, and the exhibits will be about the family history.” Planners hope the repairs and renovations can be


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The Grove’s first floor parlor, shown here as it was when the Collins’ lived there, will be devoted to workshop space and museum exhibits about the family history.

completed so it can open “We are in the process next summer, but that’s not of restoring the house a sure thing. When the museum is and the property and open, visitors will come to understand the lives of two potentially acquiring men who lived in very difbuildings to expand ferent times, but are connected by this one place. the amount of land we “When Call moved in have, and developing he was a plantation owner and he owned slaves. the interpretive When Collins moved in he elements and aspects was governor but he was a proponent of civil rights, of the house.” so it demonstrates a very important transition in — June Finnegan, our culture and heritage,” education coordinator Finnegan said. “Both of these men had tremendous with the Department amounts of courage and of State’s Division of what they did influences Historical Resources many other people, and it all took place here. “Historically, it’s significant; architecturally, it’s significant. It’s not just a building. It seems to have this ‘heart’ in it,” she said. “We want to instill a sense of preservation, and we want people to look at their historical buildings (throughout Tallahassee) and do what they can to preserve them. Mary Call Collins was designated a ‘lifelong preservationist’ because she helped so many other homes.” n

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▪ Stewart Proctor, CCIM, J.R. Long, CCIM and Daniel Wagnon, principals of Structure Commercial Real Estate. recently welcomed the addition of George Banks and Brenda Francis to their commercial real estate team. Banks was director of state purchasing for 17 years and for the past 10 years worked as a commercial broker Banks focusing on retail, office and commercial land development. As a broker associate with Structure, he focuses on retail and office space development and leasing. Francis has specialized in commercial sales and land development for the last 25 years. She earned her CCIM Designation in 2001 and currently Francis serves as co-chair of the Commercial Council of Tallahassee Board of Realtors. As a broker associate with Structure, she focuses on commercial office and retail properties. ▪ Valerie Wickboldt, formerly of CoreMessage, is now vice president of communications at the James Madison Institute, a public policy think tank.

▪ Hospital Corporation of America has hired Ryan Anderson as Director of Government Relations in Florida. Anderson previously worked at the Rutledge Ecenia law firm in Tallahassee. ▪ Former Jeb Bush adviser Brewser Brown will head up Capitol Resources LLC’s new Florida office. Capitol Resources is based in Jackson, Miss., and is headed by Clare Hester and Haley Barbour’s nephew Henry Barbour.

▪ Nathan Adams, a partner in Holland & Knight’s Tallahassee office, has been named president-elect of ECHO, which has served Leon County residents and the homeless for 30 years.

▪ Florida’s largest PR firm, The Zimmerman Agency, has promoted Kerry Anne Watson to president of that company’s public relations division. Watson, who has been with the company for 12 years, will also keep the title of Watson senior vice president. The public relations firm is also celebrating its 10th consecutive year as the largest public relations firm in Florida, and also ranks as the largest hospitality public relations division in the United States. Zimmerman clients include Aruba, Hard Rock, Party City, Firehouse Subs and Ritz-Carlton destinations.

▪ Thomas Howell Ferguson, one of the largest certified public accounting firms in the state, recently acquired Meeks International LLC, a Tampa-based accounting firm.


▪ Heath Beach is now the main numbers-cruncher for the City of Tallahassee. City Manager Anita Favors Thompson recently announced Beach’s appointment to Budget Manager. His job will be to manage the Office of Budget and Policy, which has a staff of seven, and he will be responsible for the development and oversight of the city’s money. ▪ Fitness blogger Shannon Colavecchio is now a national fitness correspondent for, a website devoted to raising the bar on group fitness instruction. Colavecchio, a Tallahassee fitness expert and a director at Moore Communications Colavecchio Group, will be one of 18 content providers for the website and will represent Florida as a fitness expert and regional reporter.


▪ Northwood Centre is re-inventing itself. Once Tallahassee’s first enclosed shopping center, 30 years later Northwood Centre is breaking new ground yet again by creating a new office building setting. Northwood’s atrium and shared common areas have now been changed into informal meeting areas and an active food court. This provides a way for tenants to interact better and to make leased areas more efficient. “We pride ourselves on thinking outside the box,” said Kim Gabbard, asset manager of Northwood Centre. “We use the physical environment in unexpected ways to assist our clients in their mission to be more interactive with their customers and each other.” The first business to enjoy this new environment was The Early Learning Coalition, a nonprofit agency that serves families with young children. New leases at Northwood include a 24-hour fitness center, a local café and the Autism Center for Florida State University.

LOCAL NEWS ▪ Leon County Tax Collector Doris Maloy was honored recently when she was installed as the new president of the Florida Tax Collectors Inc., during its annual conference and education forum in Orlando. ▪ Bass Pro Shops, America’s most popular outdoor store, will open a 70,000-square-foot Bass Pro Shops Outpost in Tallahassee next year in the Falls-

chase development, located at the intersection of Mahan Drive and Buck Lake Road. The store will initially generate about 200 jobs, which will be offered to outdoor enthusiasts in the area. Bass Pro Shops is the world’s leading supplier of premium fishing tackle and America’s leading supplier of hunting gear. It’s also the top retailer of Remington and Winchester guns and ammo, as well as the top retailer for Bowtech and PSE archery equipment. ▪ Banker Bill Smith, CEO and chairman of Capital City Bank Group, was presented the Godfrey Smith Past Chairman’s Award during the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Breakfast Meeting in October. Smith was the COC’s chairman from 1996 to 1997 and is the son of the award’s namesake. ▪ Gov. Rick Scott appointed Ronald Davis, 67, president of 21st Century Solutions, to the Purple Ribbon Task Force. ▪ There’s no doubt that Jane Sauls is an outstanding public servant. The county commissioner for District was recently awarded the Outstanding Public Official Award by the Florida Association of Museums. This recognition is given to public officials who have shown great support for museums. Sauls is involved with several public committees and civic groups including the Civic Center Authority, the Tallahassee Museum, the Apalachee Regional Planning Commission and the North Florida Fair Association. ▪ He knows his trees, and now Harold Mikell is getting some well-deserved credit. The Florida Forestry Association recognized Mikell, of Tallahassee, with the 2012 Distinguished Service Award at its Annual Meeting in Destin. “Over the past 60 years Harold Mikell’s service and leadership have helped establish Florida’s reputation as a national innovator in all aspects of forestry,” said Alan Shelby, executive vice president of the association. Mikell hails from Gilchrist County originally and planted his first trees while studying forestry in high school vocationalagriculture training. ▪ Sixteen women from the Florida Panhandle were recently awarded the prestigious Girl Scouts Woman of Distinction Award for their roles as professional women and active citizens in the community. Gayle Avant, president of the legacy Girl Scout Council of the Apalachee Bend Inc. from 1980 until 1984 and a lifetime member, received the Pearl Lifetime Achievement Award. Secretary of the Florida Lottery Cynthia F. O’Connell received the Diamond Award. Others honored were: Kelly Dozier, senior vice president, Mad Dog Construction (Architecture, Real Estate, Construction); Melanie Mays, founder of the Monticello Acting & Dance Company (Arts); Sue Semrau, head women’s basketball coach, Florida State University (Athletics and Fitness); Sue Dick, president, Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Council of Tallahassee-Leon County (Business); Dr. Lady Dhyana Ziegler, professor of journalism, Florida A&M University (Education); Robin Will, supervisory refuge ranger, St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge (Environment); Nancy Daniels, public defender of the Second Judicial Circuit (Government, Elected Official); Karen Walker, attorney, Holland & Knight (Law); January–February 2013


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▪ Capital Regional Medical Center is one of the nation’s Top Performers on key quality measures, according to The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. ▪ Bing Energy International, a pioneer in efforts to revolutionize the production of power by creating a new generation of hydrogen fuel cells, has been honored as Florida’s most innovative and environmentally friendly small business. The designation came when the Tallahassee-based company was named the winner of the 2012 Sustainable Florida Best Practice Award in the small business category. Contact me for a free estimate and consultation!


▪ Two of Tallahassee’s most recognizable forms of public transit — The Tallahassee Regional Airport and StarMetro — have made great strides in their respective branches of endeavor. The Tallahassee Regional Airport was recently awarded the Federal Aviation Administration Airport Safety Mark of Distinction Award, which recognizes the efforts made toward keeping passengers safe. Meanwhile, StarMetro customers could soon be zipping around town in quiet, all-electric buses. The Federal Transit Administration bumped up its award to StarMetro for the Transit Investments for Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction (TIGGER) II grant by $2 million. In all, this gives StarMetro $7 million to purchase five electric buses and build a charging station. StarMetro is the first transit agency in Florida to offer this innovative technology in its fleet and one of the first in the United States. “As diesel fuel prices steadily increase, renewable and sustainable transportation alternatives, such as the Proterra electric bus, provide a transportation solution that is not only clean, but reduces fuel costs over the life of the bus by as much as 80 percent,” said Ron Garrison, executive director of StarMetro. ▪ The Gadsden Arts Center has been ranked No. 1 of all visual arts organizations considered for General Program Support from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. The arts center ranked the highest of any visual arts or museum in the state, and ninth out of 289 cultural organizations in visual, music and performing arts disciplines that applied for state support.

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LOCAL HONORS ▪ Four shareholders in Akerman Senterfitt’s Tallahassee office were ranked and included in the 2012 edition of the Chambers USA Guide of leading attorneys. They are: Silvia Alderman (Environmental), Marty Dix (Health Care), Kathi Giddings (Appellate) and Jason Lichtstein (Environmental). ▪ Five Tallahassee shareholders of the Gunster Law Firm have been named to The Best Lawyers in America 2013, a peer evaluation: Beth Keating, Administrative/Regulatory Law; Charles A. Guyton and Beth Keating, Energy Law; Terry Cole, Environmental Law; J. Larry Williams, Government Relations Practice; Lila A. Jaber, Natural Resources Law and Utilities Law. ▪ Robert J. Sniffen and Michael P. Spellman, the principals of the Sniffen & Spellman law firm, have been selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2013 in the practice areas of Employment Law, Management/Labor Law, Management and Litigation, Labor & Employment Law. Sniffen was named 2013 Tallahassee Employment Law-Management “Lawyer of the Year.” n 66 January–February 2013

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2013 is all about being nail polish obsessed! Nothing says “fashion” better than lacquered fingers and toes, which can also serve as your best accessory. Today, there are an infinite variety of choices for showing your nails off to perfection. Polish offerings run the gamut of colors and iridescence. The shades that generated the most buzz at Fashion Week include minimalist white, nudes, fluorescents and deep dark variations of reds and navys. Try fun textures and designs and pairing mattes with gloss. To keep with the trends, keep your nails square and corners rounded, apply two layers of lacquer nail polish and follow with gloss. For traditionalists, consider a shellac/gel manicure in a neutral shade. It will last at least two weeks without chipping, sometimes as long as a month. Another hot trend are nail “tattoos.” It’s a breeze to stick on a new color in minutes — or opt for versions with myriad choices including patterns like animal prints, or textures such as lace or jewels. There also are versions to fit toes, too. Or dare to be different and try out the “new” French — with a twist. Keep your nail beds neutral and paint the tips with a deep red or opt for complementing colors. With so many options, your fingers have a multitude of ways to stand out in a crowd. // Terra Palmer, TUTU Divine.COM



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the highest quality cotton and have finishing that extends the life of the sheet. Still, one of the most important factors is subjective — how the sheets feel to you. There are many sheet options that can deal with the issues of a hot sleeper, those who need a soft sheet or sheets without wrinkles — whatever sheets help you sleep better!

» Sheets are an investment, and it’s important that they be washed in a detergent specifically made for them. Our vendors say special linen wash extends the life of the sheets, maintains softness and does not destroy the fabric. Just like your favorite T-shirt, sheets are made of cotton and, because they are used daily, caring for them is important. Wash them in cold water and don’t dry using high heat, which will destroy the cotton and shorten the life of the sheets.

» Have more than one set of sheets. Washing, wearing and repeating one set will only shorten their life. » To top off a great night’s sleep, use a quality down pillow consisting of pure,

cleaned down without feathers, because feathers eventually get crushed. Down retains its original shape, is hypoallergenic and provides options for back, side and stomach sleepers. Like sheets, there are a variety of down options, and your pillow is an investment that should last for years when proper care is taken to maintain the down. Often, companies using a lesser quality down will “fill” their down comforters and pillows with “down dust” to help fill out the product.

» Some duvets are only used for decorative purposes, and weight and fill power are less important. If you are looking for a duvet to use, it is important to identify what type of sleeper the person is and what level of warmth they prefer. Typically we recommend a “summer” weight for all our duvets. People often think a down product would be too warm or too hot and consider a down-alternative product. The down alternative, often filled with an artificial product, can make the bed hotter than using a natural and breathable product like down bedding. The good news is most of today’s down duvets are machine washable. comforters in the summer and in the winter months they are a great addition to add warmth to any bed. Cotton blankets are the most popular, because they wash well and are thin enough to place under decorative bedding. The current trend is moving toward using “coverlets” or blanket covers on beds, which can give a finished look through all the seasons. They are lighter than a quilt but heavier than a traditional cotton blanket. Coverlets also make it easier to fold the duvet at the end of the bed when it is not needed, and the pattern on the coverlet does not distract from the design of the room. n

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Tanning in a Bottle With a Little Planning and Prep, It’s Easy to Smooth on Safe Color By Elizabeth Kossakowski

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DIY Tanning No one has to know you’re faking it. Follow these self-tanning tips for a natural, long-lasting look. CHOOSE ▪ Always choose a self-tanner one shade darker than your skin. ▪ Gradual tanning lotions are great for beginners. Apply one every day in lieu of your usual moisturizer. ▪ If you tend to miss spots, grab a tinted formula: They make it easier to see where you’ve already applied. ▪ Self-tanners can irritate sensitive skin: Use a face-only formula all over for a gentler approach.

APPLY ▪ Shower and exfoliate to remove any dry skin, makeup or moisturizer. ▪ For an even look, shave, wax or pluck the night before.

FIX ▪ Miss a spot? Use a tanning towelette to blend the color gap. ▪ Exfoliate any areas that are darker than the rest of your body, but don’t scrub hard enough to irritate the skin. ▪ If you end up streaky or splotchy you can always go darker. Use a gradual tanning lotion to even things out. ▪ Some producers of self-tanning products also make tan removers: Have one on hand for any mistakes. n


You’ve heard the horror stories: orange palms, dark knees and the telltale streaks. They might have even driven you into the arms of another tanning option. But self-tanning doesn’t have to be scary — and it can save your skin. Overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays in a tanning bed or on the beach can lead to wrinkles, liver spots and even skin cancer. But it’s not just sunburn that poses a health risk. Dr. Angela Bookout of Gulf Coast Dermatology says that when it comes to UV rays, “there’s no such thing as a safe tan.” In other words, your Bohemian beach babe look is a sign that damage has already been done. “In order for there to be any pigment change at all you have to damage your DNA, and having a tan through the sun or through a tanning bed is proof of that,” says Bookout. To protect itself from further harm, your body produces melanin and delivers it to skin cells, which gives you a darker pigmentation. But sunless self-tanners stop at the surface. Instead of inducing melanin production, they dye the outer layer of skin via the active ingredient dihydroxyacetone (DHA). “DHA is not absorbed through the skin, and there is no evidence to suggest that it is toxic,” says Bookout, making self-tanning a healthier option for pasty gals everywhere. Self-tanning can also outshine other sunless tanning methods. Spray tans in salons and spas take the guesswork out of getting color, but expect to pay anywhere from $27 to $38 per session. Do-it-yourself tanners range from $7 to $35 a bottle and provide multiple applications that can last just as long as those professionally applied. Your self-tan may look real, but don’t forget that it’s only skin deep. Even with a self-tan, you should always wear sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun.

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Mystery Itch What Starts as a Minor Rash Could be the Awakening of a Debilitating Virus By Wendy O. Dixon Deanna Mims, a healthy 46-year-old entrepreneur, is used to running full steam ahead. Since starting her own business, MarketDone, a marketing company for small businesses and nonprofit organizations, she’s been doing what business owners do — figuratively putting her blood, sweat and tears into her business for the last four years without a break. “I was pushing myself too hard,” she says. “I ignored the stress and just poured my soul into the business.” Slowly, she noticed she wasn’t feeling well. At first, the symptoms were subtle. “My head itched so bad,” she says. “Then I had severe headaches. I thought I had been bitten, had Lyme disease or lice. Then my ears had swollen up and it hurt so badly I couldn’t hear.” Mims was shocked to discover what was really going on inside her body. It was shingles, a painful, blistering skin rash caused by the varicella zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. Anyone who has had the chickenpox still has the inactive virus that can reactivate as shingles, as it does in about one-third of people. Though not life threatening, the shingles rash can be very painful. And while it most often appears as a single stripe of blisters that wraps around either the left or right side of your torso, it can appear elsewhere. “The rash can occur anywhere on the body and is frequently on the face,” says Tallahassee-based family physician Dr. Karl Hempel. “If it involves the eye, it can cause visual problems and needs to be treated by an ophthalmologist.” Stress, as Mims discovered, and certain health conditions can be contributing factors because both decrease the immune system. “Stress can be either emotional or physical, such as getting pneumonia or developing a chronic disease,” Hempel says. “Other factors would be a decreased immune system from taking medications that affect the immune system. An example would be a transplant patient who has to take medications that may reduce the immune system’s ability to fight off infections.” Age is another factor. The infection mostly occurs in older people, which is why Mims, who is in her 40s, dismissed the virus as something else. After being chastised by her doctor for not coming in earlier, Mims learned that if her condition were diagnosed sooner, it would have been much less severe. Early treatment can help lessen the severity,

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reduce the chance of complications and shorten the duration of the infection. “It can reduce the length of the illness depending on how early it is started,” Hempel explains. “For instance, if it is started within 24 hours of onset, then the shingles may only last a couple of days. However, if it is started 10 days after shingles has started, it will have much less effect.” The treatment for Mims meant rest and prescription medicines to reduce the pain and duration of the infection. “I stopped for two weeks and just slept and couldn’t read, watch TV, anything,” she recalls. “It was so debilitating I couldn’t think straight, I couldn’t focus. My clients had to wait, everything had to wait.” A vaccine can help reduce the risk of shingles, Hempel adds. “More importantly, it reduces the chance of developing chronic pain which can occur after shingles,” he says. The shingles vaccine (Zostavax) has been recommended at age 60 or older. But recently, the Center for Disease Control’s immunization committee recommended individuals 50 and older get the vaccine. With a doctor’s prescription, Florida pharmacies can now offer immunization services, including the shingles vaccine, and will bill your insurance company directly. Because the vaccine is deemed extraordinarily safe, anyone who does not have a compromised immune system and is 50 or older can get it. But even if you are younger, like Mims, don’t wait for the symptoms to get worse before seeing your doctor, she warns. “If you have an inkling, get to a doctor right away,” she says. “If you put it off like me, you will make it worse.” n While shingles often appears as painful blisters on the torso, they can also erupt on your scalp, face or any body part. Januaryâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;February 2013





The USS Alabama, centerpiece of Mobile’s Battleship Memorial Park, is open daily for selfguided tours that allow visitors to imagine life aboard this relic of World War II, as well as other military ships and aircraft.

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A Colorful Past, A Bright Future

Mobile Bay A getaway that gives you a taste of the Deep South

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The Battle House Hotel

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Why Mobile?

Mobile is steeped in history, a vibrant city redeveloping into an international destination that will provide something to do for all generations. Due to its unique positioning, where several rivers flowing south to the Gulf of Mexico merge into a very large bay before reaching the open water, Mobile was established in the early 1700s as a military and commerce outpost, a heritage it has retained in modern times. Mardi Gras actually originated in Mobile, and its tradition is very much alive with a 2½week celebration each year hosted by the community and the many krewes that put on the show of parades and society events.

Getting There

It’s quite easy: a 3½-hour ride west on I-10, just 45 minutes past Pensacola, with the highway bringing you directly into the downtown corridor.

Where to Stay

There is a plethora of accommodations, from an upscale historic Grand Hotel Marriott Resort Golf Club and Spa, just 30 minutes from downtown overlooking Mobile Bay, to the splendor of The Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel and Spa in the downtown district. The Battle House is where royalty, presidents and famous figures have stayed over the past 200 years. It has been revitalized to modern-day standards with many historic

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pieces, such as the huge Tiffany glass skylight ceilings in the lobby and restaurant, and artwork and images throughout the property showcasing the hotel’s critical importance to the history of Mobile.

Where to Eat

Wintzell’s Oyster House Oliver Wintzell opened this landmark restaurant on Dauphin Street 75 years ago, and it quickly became a local favorite for fried, stewed or “nude” oysters and has weathered the test of time and economic cycles. Wintzell sold his ownership a while back, but his spirit, quality of food and his famous quotes are displayed prominently at all locations. For example: “Everyone wants to go to heaven, but no one wants to go right now.” Callaghan’s Irish Social Club Opened in 1946, this authentic Irish pub is in one of Mobile’s oldest neighborhoods. USA Today says it serves the Best Burger in Alabama. Within walking distance from downtown, you’ll feel like a local eating there.

A Bit of History

Bellingrath Gardens Walter Bellingrath was Mobile’s first Coca-Cola bottler and amassed a fortune in the early 1900s selling Coke to Alabamans. He and his wife, Bessie, had a passion for creating gardens. At his fish camp getaway property on January–February 2013



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The season of culture runs from September through May. Everything from the symphony, opera and ballet to a collection of small clubs that provide intimate musical experiences are available to enjoy. Space 301 is an 8,000-squarefoot contemporary downtown gallery housed in the remnant space of the old daily newspaper. Under construction and due to open in mid-2013 is GulfQuest, the first maritime museum to totally focus on the Gulf of Mexico and the coastal region. It has taken the shape of a seaworthy cargo ship and will feature many interactive opportunities to learn about “America’s Sea,” its history and the culture of the Gulf Coast.

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The Grand has two championship courses, part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, designed to challenge the avid

golfer. With 10 tennis courts, five pools and a white sand beach there are plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities at this beautiful resort, located across the bay from Mobile in Point Clear.


Some of the best fishing along the Gulf can be found on the Mobile Bay and out into its quick deepwater access to the Gulf. Fresh water comes south from the mountains to mix with the salt water of the Gulf, creating a brackish environment that supports many species of fish and crustaceans.

Must See

The USS Alabama Navy destroyer that saw much action in the Pacific Theater during World War II has been retired at Battleship Memorial Park, just a short drive from downtown. Gain a sense of what life was like within the ship for the 2,700 seamen who guided the nation’s mightiest warship of the time. Adjacent to the Alabama is the USS Drum, a WWII submarine also available for a walkthrough. It will just amaze you to know 76 men lived and operated this attack vessel in such a cramped space for weeks at a time below the ocean’s surface. n Mobile Bay Convention & Visitor’s Bureau (800) 5-MOBILE

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the way to Dauphin Island, he installed thousands of trees, plants (mostly azaleas) and elaborate rose gardens, and then built a majestic 10,500-square-foot home. They opened the grounds to the public in 1932, and since then it has been a favorite destination for locals and visitors. Spring bloom and extensive holiday lighting are signature events, and the house and gardens are open every day except Christmas.

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Garden Events Jan. 4: “Honey Bees and Basic Beekeeping,” presented by Bob Livingston at Goodwood Museum & Gardens’ First Friday Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series, noon–1 p.m. Fri., Goodwood Carriage House Conference Center. 1600 Miccosukee Road. Free; attendees may bring lunch.

Jan. 5: “Seed-Starting for Beginners,” presented by Lilly AndersonMessac at Native Nurseries, 2 p.m. Sat. Free, but pre-registration required. (850) 386-8882. Jan. 12 and 13: 60th Annual Tallahassee Camellia Show, presented by The Tallahassee Camellia Society in cooperation with The American Camellia Society, 1–5 p.m. Sat. and Sun., Doyle Conner Administration Building, Florida Department of Agriculture, 3125 Conner Blvd. Free.

Jan. 12: “Feeding Birds and Designing a Bird Garden,” presented by Jody Walthall at Native Nurseries, 10 a.m. Sat. Free. Jan. 12: “Wildlife Greeting,” presented by St. Francis Wildlife and the Tallahassee Museum at Native Nurseries, 2–4 p.m. Sat. Hawks, owls, snakes and other wildlife. Children can make pinecone/suet feeders. Free.

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Jan. 17: “Kale, Lettuce and Other Winter Greens with Turkey Hill Farm” at Tallahassee Garden Club, 507 N. Calhoun St., 9:30 a.m. Thurs. Plant exchange follows at 10:30 a.m. Free. Public welcome. Jan. 20: Tallahassee Rose Society meets at 2 p.m. Sun., at Goodwood Museum & Gardens’ Jubilee Cottage. Meetings are now the third Sunday at 2 p.m. Visitors welcome.

Yes, You Can Grow Citrus in North Florida With a Cold-Hardy Cultivar and Care When it’s Freezing, a Fruit-full Tree is Possible By Audrey Post

Q: We’d like to plant some citrus trees in our yard, but I don’t know whether they’ll do well in North Florida. What do you recommend?

of sweet citrus — mandarins, oranges and grapefruit. Yes, grapefruit is considered a “sweet” citrus. If you’ve ever tasted a sour orange, you understand why. Of the three types, mandarins, also known as mandarin oranges (citrus reticulata), are best suited A: In North Florida, the hard freezes of the 1980s to our Eastern Panhandle/Big Bend region. Satsukilled many backyard citrus trees, particularly in Demas (citrus unshiu) are the most popular mandarin cember 1989 when a low of 12 degrees was recordgrown here. If you’re not familiar with satsumas, ed at an agricultural research center in Monticello. they look and taste like small oranges and peel like Luckily, agricultural colleges at universities across tangerines. the South, especially the University of Florida and Well-established satsuma trees Louisiana State University, kept busy can withstand temperatures into the developing new cultivars that can hanteens, but all citrus trees, even the dle colder temperatures. So yes, you cold-hardy ones, must be protected can plant citrus here. But not all types the first two to three years they’re in of citrus will thrive. the ground. I planted a Kimbrough Citrus experts in both the industry satsuma — one of Louisiana’s contriand academia recommend planting butions to the world of citrus — in my trees that have been grafted onto trifofront yard in fall of 2007. The nursliate orange, or sour orange, rootstock Ms. Grow-It-All ery tag said it would be cold-hardy to in areas north of Ocala. Of course, if 17 degrees once established, so I built you’re planning to grow citrus in large a frame of 2-by-2s around it, leaving what I hoped pots and move them into protected areas such as would be enough room for it to grow for three years. basements, garages or sheds when freezing temperaEvery time the forecast called for temperatures tures are forecast, rootstock isn’t as important. below 32 degrees those first two winters, I wrapped A quick citrus primer: There are three types st, Ms. Grow-I t-A y Po ll dre Au

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Jan. 26: “Planting a Refuge for Wildlife,” presented by Donna Legare at Native Nurseries, 10 a.m. Sat. Transform your traditional yard into a haven for songbirds, butterflies and other wildlife using native plants. Free.

Feb. 1: “Essentials of Xeriscaping and Growing Drought-Tolerant Plants,” presented by Steve Chandler at Goodwood Museum & Gardens’ First Friday Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series, noon-1 p.m. Fri., Jubilee Cottage. Free; attendees may bring lunch.

Feb. 2: “Cooking with Winter Herbs,” presented by Norma Skaggs and Lilly Anderson-Messac at Native Nurseries, 10 a.m. Sat. $15; pre-registration required. (850) 386-8882.

Feb. 5: The Tallahassee Camellia Society will hold its February meeting and annual auction of rare camellias at Goodwood Museum & Gardens’ Jubilee Cottage. Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tue., auction begins at 7 p.m. About 30 plants will be available for sale. Dinner is $10 and reservations must be made by the previous Friday by calling Esther Lawrence at (850) 523-3230. No reservation needed to come only for the meeting and auction.

Feb. 7: “An Introduction to the iDigBio Database,” a digital database of biological collections, presented by Gil Nelson at the monthly meeting of the Florida Native Plant Society’s Magnolia Chapter, 7 p.m. Thurs., at FSU’s Jim King Life Science Center, Room 1024. Free. Public welcome.

Feb. 9: Goodwood’s 21st Annual Old Garden Rose Sale, presented by the Goodwood Rose Volunteers, 9 a.m.–noon Sat., near the Virginia McKee Greenhouse at Goodwood. Free admission. About 1,750 roses and 120 varieties available for sale; proceeds fund the restoration and maintenance of the rose gardens at Goodwood. Sale will continue Friday and Saturday mornings until sold out, but shop early for best selection.

the frame in old bedsheets and then put plastic sheeting over that, securing the whole thing with clothespins. (The fabric is needed to keep the plastic from touching the plant and creating a “frost burn” on the leaves.) By the third winter, it had outgrown its frame. I built a bamboo teepee around it and used the bed sheets and plastic sheeting only if temperatures were supposed to drop below 25 degrees. We had a couple of nights in the teens that winter, although I don’t think it got as cold in my yard near Midtown as it did at the airport. That was the last time I covered it, and it finally rewarded me this year with a bumper crop of juicy, easy-to-peel fruit. Kumquat is the other citrus that can take our relatively cold winters, although it is considered tart, or acidic, instead of sweet. The small round or oval fruits are eaten skin and all, with some varieties having tart skin and sweet flesh and others having the opposite characteristics. Most kumquat varieties are good to about 15 degrees, and as a result, it has been crossbred with other citrus, notably the Key lime. A limequat, also known as a Lakeland lime, has the flavor of a Key lime and the growth characteristics of a kumquat, making it a good choice for our area. Depending on the microclimates around your home, you might also have success with cold-hardy tangerines, another type of mandarin, including Clementine, Dancy and Robinson. Page, a hybrid that looks like small oranges, is a cross between the Minneola tangelo and the Clementine. Since tangelos are a cross between tangerines and grapefruits, Page is mostly tangerine with a little grapefruit and mandarin added. It’s really tasty. Duncan grapefruit can withstand 26-degree temperatures, and Meyer lemon can take 24 degrees, making it very popular in the Tallahassee area. The lemon trees tend to get a little wind- and/or cold-damaged in a normal winter, but they rebound

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Feb. 21: “Native Flowering Trees,” presented by Stan Rosenthal, Leon County Extension Agent for Forestry, at Tallahassee Garden Club, 507 N. Calhoun St., 9:30 a.m. Thurs. Plant exchange follows at 10:30 a.m. Free. Public welcome.

quickly. I have one planted on the south side of a 6-foot privacy fence, and the portion that extends above the fence sometimes dies if the temperatures drop below 20, but I just cut it back in late winter and it’s fine. You might have to do a little more to protect citrus in the winter, but that’s a matter of personal preference and commitment. Just as some people don’t mind spraying hybrid tea roses every 10 to 14 days, some don’t mind covering up their citrus trees if a hard freeze is looming. But you should decide your priorities before you plant. To improve your tender citrus’ chances of surviving a freeze, plant it on the south side of the house or garden shed, or create a windbreak to protect it from north and northwest winds. Don’t fertilize citrus after early August, so it will go dormant and be less susceptible to cold damage. Water your citrus well if a freeze is forecast, because wet soil retains more heat than dry soil. And while mulching generally isn’t recommended for citrus, do mulch the trunk before a hard freeze, taking care to make sure the graft is well-protected. n

Feb. 23: “Totally Tomatoes,” presented by Lilly Anderson-Messac of Native Nurseries. Complete information on growing tomatoes in Tallahassee at two sessions, 10 a.m. Sat., and again at noon Tues., Feb. 26. Tuesday is a “Lunch and Learn” session, so bring a sack lunch. Water with lemon provided.

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Sam Fenn shows off satsuma trees planted at his home.

Feb. 9: “Identifying Birds of North Florida,” presented by Jim Cox of Tall Timbers Research Station at Native Nurseries, 10 a.m. Sat. Free. Feb. 9: “Parent/Child Birdhouse Build” at Native Nurseries, 2 p.m. Sat. $11 plus tax for birdhouse kit; pre-registration required. Feb. 16: “Proper Pruning,” presented by Timothy Roop at Native Nurseries, 10 a.m. Sat. $4; preregistration required.

Feb. 16: Free Garden Tool Sharpening by Timothy Roop at Native Nurseries, 2­–4 p.m. Sat. Free. Limit two or three tools (hoes, shovels, axes, mattocks, etc.)

Feb. 17: Tallahassee Rose Society meets at 2 p.m. Sun., at Goodwood Museum & Gardens’ Jubilee Cottage. Visitors welcome. January–February 2013


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i Resolve Experts Suggest Baby Steps That Can Lead to Big Changes

Ten … nine … eight … seven … six … five … four … three … two … one … It’s resolution time! It’s midnight on January 1, and you’re starting 2013 with a clean slate. This year, you tell yourself, I will exercise more, or eat better, or get out of debt — or all of the above and then some. And then, on January 2 or a few months down the road, your resolve crumbles and you’re back to your old habits, only this time awash with guilt because you really, really thought that this year, this year you’d break all the bad habits and pick up healthy new ones. Change doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing proposition. Experts from a variety of disciplines, most from right here in Tallahassee, have contributed advice on ways large and small that you can tackle your resolutions — and change your life for the long haul. January–February 2013


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Body I resolve to eat better. HOPE Can Give Your Body What it Needs Twenty-first century lifestyles can literally be a recipe for disaster for our digestive systems. But don’t worry, HOPE can put your body back in balance. Our bodies are built to self-regulate. Proper food absorption keeps us at a healthy weight, so if we are overweight, it means something is out of balance and not functioning at full potential. In general, we are a society of sleep deprived, stressed individuals who rush through life eating convenience foods loaded with empty calories and chock full of additives and preservatives, with chemicals we cannot pronounce let alone process through our digestive systems. Lack of sleep and stress disrupt production in the endocrine system, which can slow our metabolism and our ability to properly process food. And when food is not processed, our bodies end up bloated and full of toxins, making us feel sluggish and irritable. Bottom line, when we are overworked and stressed, our digestive and endocrine systems are overworked, stressed and unable to do their jobs properly. And we feel the effects of this, both in body and mind. Our emotions run rampant; some of us become agitated and some depressed, and we have no idea why. As you can see, numbers on a scale tell only a fraction of the story. Vitamins, minerals and those dreaded hormones play leading roles in weight management and overall well-being. It is essential that you get all the nutrients and antioxidants your body needs to process foods, ideally through natural food sources. But if you find you are not getting the recommended amount in your diet, don’t lose HOPE. Proper vitamin and mineral supplements can provide what your body needs to succeed. HOPE stands for: High Fiber, Omega Oils, Probiotics and Enzymes — all available as supplements. The HOPE formula was developed by renowned natural health and nutrition expert, Brenda Watson, C.N.C., as a means to provide our bodies with the tools they need to properly assimilate food and either turn it into energy — or banish it from our bodies in a timely manner. “A poorly functioning digestive system can ultimately lead to a breakdown in overall health and is often at the root of chronic disease,” says Watson. “Impaired digestion contributes to the advancement of age-related illness and autoimmune diseases.” // Stephanie Jansen

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igh Fiber Needed for toxin absorption and normal bowel movement. Helps you feel full so you eat less. Fruits (particularly berries), veggies, bran and whole grains, greens, nuts, beans and legumes.


mega 3 Oils “Good fats” needed for brain function, cardiovascular function, nervous system support and cellular health. Salmon, halibut, snapper, scallops, shrimp and some leafy green vegetables.


robiotics Protects immune system, prevents outbreak of disease-causing microbes and improves digestive health.Fermented foods such as yogurt and kefir, dark chocolate, Miso soup and pickles.

Eating using the HOPE protocol helps keep your body in balance. If you can’t fit these types of foods in your daily diet, take them in supplement form to be sure your body gets what it needs every day.


nzymes Helps “maximize” nutrient absorption and digestion of a variety of foods, including proteins, fats and carbohydrates. Cooking and processing can destroy the natural enzymes in food. Soaked seeds, nuts and grains, and fermented fresh produce; raw whole foods; papaya, pineapple, grapefruit and greens.

Stephanie Jansen is co-owner of FIT Weight Loss & More with K. Glenda Cato in Tallahassee. FIT provides medically assisted weight loss and nutritional management plans customized to fit your lifestyle and health and help get your body back in balance. Learn more at or call (850) 385-1105.

I resolve to exercise more. Start Small, Finish Fit

Sleep deficits can be linked to numerous chronic diseases

I resolve to lose weight. Your Best Bet For Fighting Fat Might Be to Sleep On It

such as obesity, diabetes and hypertension. But not only does poor sleep affect your overall health, it also causes weight gain. Many people understand the link between obesity and poor sleep — such as excess weight causing sleep apnea or joint pains that can keep people from getting comfortable; but poor sleep due to any cause can lead to weight gain. This can therefore become a vicious cycle. So this year as we plan to better ourselves in the New Year, let’s remember to get good sleep for our health — and for our weight! // Angelina Cain How does poor sleep lead to obesity?

What can you do?

► Poor sleep leads to decreased energy,

► Get eight hours of sleep every night.

which causes your body to store fat. ► Poor sleep gives people more time to eat or snack, usually on poor food choices at night. ► Poor sleep causes you to be hungrier, by producing an increase in the hormone Ghrelin. ► Poor sleep causes increased fatigue and therefore decreased activity/calorie burning.

► Practice good sleep hygiene. No late caffeine

What are some signs of poor sleep? ► Extreme fatigue

or exercise; sleep in a dark, quiet room; no reading or watching TV in bed; have a regular bedtime and wake time every day.

How can your physician help? ► Measuring your BMI, neck circumference

and doing a physical exam ► Having you complete a sleepiness scale ► Ordering a sleep study, when appropriate ► Treating conditions affecting your sleep.

► Falling asleep easily during the day ► Family or friends telling you that you snore or

Joint pain, depression or anxiety and overactive bladder are some examples.

stop breathing in the night ► Trouble falling or staying asleep

Angelina Cain, MD is the Medical Director of Tallahassee Memorial Bariatric Center. She is board certified in Family Medicine and Bariatrics.

In the mid-’90s, I lost 80 pounds. As I celebrate my 16th year of successfully maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle, I am often asked: “Just how did you do it?” How did I make these new habits part of my daily lifestyle? My first response is before losing weight, I had been “practicing” for almost 40 years. There is no way to fail unless you quit trying, and I knew I had to get addicted to exercise as much as I was to food. Here are just a few of my tips (aka Kim-isms): Step 1 Start small and build from there. I started walking twice a week for 30 minutes on my lunch hour.

Step 2 Do something you enjoy that fits within your lifestyle. My twiceweekly walks during lunch were the perfect thing for me since it didn’t interfere with my kids’ extra-curricular activities. If something did come up during lunch, I could make it up almost always the next day. Step 3 Continue to challenge yourself. After a few months, I graduated to going to fitness classes twice a week. I had tried running, and it just wasn’t for me. I quickly started seeing changes, which empowered me to move even more. Step 4 Exercise buddies are nice, but don’t change your schedule for them. If they want to adjust their schedule to yours, that’s great. Whenever one quits, another is usually not far behind. Remember that.

Step 5 Find a support system from people that don’t know you. Tallahassee is full of organizations (Capital City Cyclists, Gulf Winds Track Club, The Triathlon Club) that cost very little to join. Even if you aren’t ready for that 5K, volunteering at events and watching all the people cross that finish line gives you strength and hope. One day it just may be you who gets cheered on. Step 6 Put play back into your life, just like a kid, and find activity in everything. Flap your arms and tighten your abs while you are in a car, push the buggy all the way back into the store, take the stairs, park far away, throw a Frisbee, roll on the ground, swing, do calf raises while you are at the copier. Think like a 6-year-old, and just keep moving. Do jumping jacks during your favorite shows’ commercials, fold clothes standing up. The list of possibilities are endless.

Step 7 A little goes a long way. Be it five minutes or 60, sneak something in daily. You will be amazed at the transformation. Step 8 Do some activity once a month that you have never done. If you like it, do it again. Make sure it makes you smile. Life is just a daily practice. Knowing your weaknesses is your greatest strength. There is no pass or fail; each day just move a little more than you (not your marathon-running neighbor or two-hour-aday gym rat) have before.

// Kim Bibeau

Kim Bibeau is the owner of Sweat Therapy Fitness in the Manor@Midtown. She’s a certified personal trainer, weight loss and nutrition coach and holds multiple certifications for fitness programs. Contact her at kim@ January–February 2013


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Money January January is a great time to hit after-Christmas sales. Write down a list of people you will need to shop for year round — holidays, birthdays, weddings, showers, etc. This is a great time to look for discounted gift sets. Everything from toiletries to decorative soaps are packaged and sold during the holidays. These usually have holiday theme packaging that can mean discounts of as much as 90 percent. Stock up on reduced candy and baking supplies. Also in January, begin putting away $50 a month (or whatever works for your budget) to save for holiday 2013 purchases.

February During the Month of Love, dinner packages and gift items can be inflated on or about Valentines’s Day. Wait to celebrate until a few days, or even a few weeks, after the holiday. Look for Groupon, Living Social or certificates to bring down the price of your meal.

March Spring Break can be an expensive week with the kiddos. Get creative with activities and fun to enjoy the ultimate staycation. Declare a different theme for each day. For example, make one day Seafood Day. Visit St. Marks, then come home and make a fun meal with fish sticks and blue Jello with fish gummies for dessert. If you do leave town, stick with the phrase “the more the merrier.” The larger the group, the more you can offset the cost of your trip. Research before you go and begin to seek out local perks in that area months before. For example, sign up for Groupon Alerts relating to that area to save on entertainment. 92 January–February 2013

I resolve to spend less money. Simple Tips For Saving — All Year Long

Find a free travel guide for any place you are traveling. Even a hometown guide can offer more creative staycation ideas.

April Time for spring cleaning! Begin organizing your space and getting ready for the new season. This is a great time to go through your children’s clothes as well as your own. Pull out items that are still in great condition, and get them ready for a consignment sale. Many sites such as Pinterest offer a plethora of organizing ideas as well as recipes for creating your own cleaning supplies with ingredients found in your home. Girlfriend Tip: Have a fun night with your girlfriends. Everyone bring 10 items you no longer wear (anything from accessories to clothing) and swap articles. This can be a fun way to have a relaxing evening among friends. Be sure to include a bottle of wine and perhaps a sense of humor when everyone agrees you should have gotten rid of that one piece of clothing back in 1980!

May For Mother’s Day, if you really like taking Mom out for lunch or dinner, look into certificates again from or watch for spa packages for less from Groupon, Living Social and WCTV’s Dollar Deals. Or, pick up some of Mom’s favorite food items and have a picnic! And for gifts from the kids? Personalized crafts are always a top choice. April and May are when we start getting in the yard again. Make sure you’ve signed up to get coupons from Home Depot’s Garden

Club and from Lowe’s, too. They send valuable coupons via email in addition to the ones you get in your mailbox.

June For Father’s Day, I always find the best deals on things for Dad on Amazon! They run all kinds of daily deals this month with items geared toward tools, home improvement and more. Come up with clever ways to let him know he’s the family’s hero, like a Hero Box filled with all of his favorite treats or a fun questionnaire about dad that each kid gets to answer. It’s pretty funny to hear the responses!

July By now we’re into the Dog Days of Summer. If you’re not taking a family vacation this year, consider getting a pool membership somewhere. It may seem expensive at first; but everyone’s sanity seems to be restored once we hit the water. You can also swim at Maclay Gardens’ picnic area for $6 per car. Meet friends, have a picnic and let the kids play. We didn’t take a vacation this year, and instead scheduled a “field trip” each Friday. The kids came up with places either in town or close to Tallahassee that they would like to see or do: Visit St. Mark’s Lighthouse, go to the Florida State Caverns, Mission San Luis, Tallahassee Museum, Wakulla Springs, Firefly Pottery and more. Invite friends to come with you. They loved this idea, and we looked forward to each Friday.

no longer useable. Don’t forget to pay it forward and get some supplies for kids who can’t afford them, too! August is also a great time to shop for a computer. For computers, look for new releases of equipment and software — such as a new version of Windows. If a computer has an older version installed, many times they’ll reduce the price to get it off of the store shelves.

September Many people like to begin back-to-school clothes shopping over the summer but, because the clothes available during those months are geared toward summer and I want more fallseasoned styles, I like to wait until September. The sales tax holiday is past; but if you shopped a little during that time, you may have received an incentive to come back and shop in September. I shopped at Old Navy in August and got their Super Cash ($20 to spend on $50) to use in the month of September. And, because many schools around the country do not start until after Labor Day, there are still heavily discounted sales going on.

October Now’s the time to find your best deals on Halloween costumes and candy, of course! If you’re going to shop for Halloween costumes, the best time to get great deals is right after Halloween. But if you’d rather wait until the next year, there are tons of deals available at costume retailers

online. You can easily save up to 30 percent or more at buycostumes. com or Many kids’ clothes manufacturers, such as Children’s Place and Osh Kosh also have costumes now. Consider borrowing costumes a little friend or cousin wore the year prior. Use dress-up costumes you may already have on hand. Or, take something simple and make it extraordinary! Making skirts out of tulle is super-easy, and you can find tons of colors to choose from. Put it with a T-shirt and an inexpensive pair of wings … and you’ve got a fairy! For candy, the deals start around the beginning of the month and run all the way up to Halloween. For the best deals, try Walgreens or CVS, where you will get rewards toward future purchases. Publix usually has some Buy One, Get One candy deals that are pretty good if you don’t expect a huge crowd. If you do expect a lot of trick or treaters, then Costco and Sam’s are probably your best bet for value.

November November is the BEST season to shop for last-minute holiday gifts (if you haven’t completed your list throughout the year.) Black Friday and Cyber Monday bring out the hottest toy trends and electronics at greatly reduced prices. The sales

truly are first come, first serve. During Black Friday, take as many willing participants with you and divide and conquer. Use cell phones and split the list so you have a greater chance of nabbing the items you want. Don’t go to bed on Thanksgiving night or consider it a nap if you do. Nap Thanksgiving afternoon and Friday afternoon once the excitement of the day has worn off. Black Friday Morning, don’t waste time in those long coffee lines; bring your own thermos instead. November is the best time to buy TVs and large electronic items.

December The holidays have officially arrived. Here’s a secret about shopping this time of year: Take advantage of the deals for everyday items your family needs, too, especially if you’ve already finished shopping for presents. If you’re not finished with your shopping, my personal favorite place to get amazing deals shipped free is Amazon. The key to Amazon shopping is to be an Amazon Prime member. This costs $79 per year and gets you free shipping on literally thousands of items on their site. It also gets you free streaming movies with Amazon Instant Video and access to their Kindle Lending Library, where you can borrow books for free. Not only do you get amazing deals and free shipping, but it’s free two-day shipping — and it always arrives on time.

// Ashley Nuzzo

Launched in December 2008, Frugal Coupon Living (FCL) is owned and operated by Ashley Nuzzo, a former Gilchrist Elementary teacher turned stay-at-home mom. Geared toward helping readers stretch their pennies and save their dollars, FCL focuses on finding great deals both online and in local and national stores. Follow Frugal Coupon Living on Facebook and Twitter, and sign up for their free daily newsletter at August August is a great time to save on back-to-school supplies. Many stores (Staples, CVS, Office Depot, Walgreens) charge pennies for pens, pencils and paper, and offer refunds or cash-back opportunities on your purchases. If you can wait a month or two after the school year starts and use old school supplies, they are often reduced up to 90 percent. This is when you also want to grab supplies for next year or to replenish them come January when items are worn or

Year of the Snake


Ancient Chinese wisdom says a snake in the house is a good omen because it means your family will not starve.

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I resolve to be happier. Six Ways to Help Yourself to Happiness


Actively seek to learn from those you admire. If you encounter an individual whose attitude, outlook or life path you admire, ask him or her to share with you what sorts of principals, actions and lessons have impacted his or her life path. The answers and insights you receive may well change your own course — and you might even acquire a mentor in the process.


Understand that your happiness depends on your reaction to what happens to you, not on what has actually occurred. You cannot change what is past. To some extent, you can’t even change the events that will happen in your future. However, what you can change is how you react to those occurrences — whether they are setbacks or triumphs. Always look for the positive in every situation, and look for lessons to learn and ways to improve, even if you’re doing “well” already.


Know exactly where you want to go and how you’re going to get there. If your goals for life are along the lines of “Be happy” or “Be successful,” you’re probably not going to achieve them — because they aren’t specific enough. Essentially, you must be able to articulate exactly what happiness or success looks like for you (e.g., healthy relationships with family, financial security, fulfilling work, gardening, a hobby, etc.). Beyond that, you need to sit down and figure out what steps will take you there. And then you must review this list daily. Only then will you begin to see your life truly change for the better.


Take control of your thoughts. The tone of your thoughts — and words — has a real impact on your attitude and outlook … and hence on the quality of your life. When you dwell on or constantly talk about what has gone wrong, how you messed up, how stupid you are or what you think you’re lacking, you invite depression, jealousy and unhappiness into your life. However, if you think and talk about your blessings, your achievements, your greatness and your hopes, you will find your dayto-day existence is much more positive.


Design personalized “emergency behavior” plans. In many situations, knowing what to expect is half the battle. If a certain type of recurring situation in your life consistently causes you anxiety, determine beforehand what your ideal reaction will be. (This could be anything from a work crisis to holidays with your in-laws.) Decide what attitude you will strive for and identify related tasks you can do to be successful. This will remove the stress of having to decide what to do in the thick of things — and will give you more peace of mind beforehand.


Stop before assuming. While you might be able to make educated guesses about what others are thinking, feeling or going through, you’ll never be able to do this with complete accuracy. Most people have a tendency to project their own insecurities, hang-ups and worries onto others, and this most often causes unwarranted pain as well as misunderstandings and problems in relationships. // Todd Patkin

Todd Patkin is a businessman and philanthropist based in Foxboro, Mass. These tips are excerpted from his book, “Finding Happiness,” a memoir/self-help guide to discovering your personal “good life.” His website is

“For every “Happiness “Happiness is minute you is not when what are angry something you think, you lose sixty ready made. what you say seconds of It comes and what happiness.” from your you do are in Ralph own actions.” harmony.” Waldo Dalai Lama Mahatma Emerson XIV Gandhi

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“Happiness is a warm puppy.” Charles M. Schulz

“People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.” Abraham Lincoln

“Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.” Andy Rooney

I resolve to learn something new. When it comes to expanding your knowledge, think outside the school classroom. For Adults

I resolve to improve my relationships. 10 Trust-Building Tips 1. Communicate with transparency. Have no hidden agenda.

5. Communicate 8. Tell the truth, quickly, respectfully at all times. with compassion. Say No yelling, no gossiping, what you mean and mean no belittling comments, no what you say. 2. Behave consistently. embarrassing others. Emotional ups and downs 9. Focus on intentionally cause people to doubt you. 6. Clarify, emotionally and seeing the best in the mentally, how you expect other person. People 3. Show sincere interest in to be treated. We teach want to be around others others’ aspirations and others how to treat us by who make them feel good goals. Ask questions the way we treat ourselves. about themselves. and listen. 7. Under-promise and over- 10. Ask for and receive 4. Take responsibility. No deliver. Do what you say feedback. Ask sincerely excuses, no justifications. you will do and keep your and openly, and respond If you mess up, fess up. word. If the unexpected respectfully. arises, renegotiate. The most essential elements necessary to develop healthy, fulfilling relationships are trust and communication — whether at work or at home. To develop the relationships you desire,

implement the above 10 communication and trust-building tips. How can you make it easier and more likely that you will achieve this meaningful goal? Choose an accountability partner who wants to see you succeed and who will be honest, kind and firm. Select someone who will do whatever is necessary to support your success. Work together to create a system — with deadlines — for them to support you. The current buzzword for goal achievement is pre-commitment. It’s important that you pre-commit to your goal, with uncomfortable consequences for lack of achievement. For more ideas, go to There, some college students created a website to support you in achieving your goals. They will be happy to take your money — as a painful consequence — if you fail to follow through. // Dr. Cheri Rainey

Cheri Rainey, MBA, Ph.D. is the creator of a proven, natural, solution-focused, step-by-step method to increase personal leadership. An international consultant, speaker, author and coach in transformational leadership, she is also a licensed psychotherapist, holding certifications in EMDR© and RIM©, with postgraduate education in organizational development. Her company, Rainey Leadership Learning, is based in Tallahassee. For a relationshipbuilding exercise you can implement immediately, email Dr. Rainey at

MOOG is the word. It stands for Massive Open Online Course, and it’s evolving and growing as we speak. Generally, a university — Harvard, Berkley and many other elites have joined this bandwagon — takes a class taught there and puts it online so that anyone with a computer can download the information and learn. In the beginning, there were only syllabuses, class notes and suggested texts, but now schools like MIT ( — which has 2,100 classes online — are creating classes specifically for online learning that include videos, quizzes and study support groups. Three popular MOOG sites are, and

For Kids What started as Salman Kahn helping his niece study algebra has become an educational juggernaut known as the Kahn Academy. There is now a library of 3,500 micro lectures (about 10 minutes each) on ranging from addition to more adult-level subjects such as macroeconomics. The interactive site also includes metrics to track a child’s progress.

For Seniors Check out Florida State University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute — OLLI for short. Buying an annual membership allows you to sign up for one of 35 classes offered in two six-week terms, as well as lectures, field trips and special events. OLLI also has special interest groups including a book club, writers’ group, and Spanish and travel clubs. A showcase for spring classes will be held Jan. 8 at the Turnbull Conference Center. For more information, visit // ROSANNE

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Colorful Cuba The People, Places and Culture of an Exotic Island That Time Forgot Story and Photos By Calynne Hill

The island nation can be a delight for the senses, with homes like this one in Havana, uniquely painted in a rainbow of bright tropical hues. January–February 2013


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overs embrace on the wave-drenched seaside promenade known as the Malecon. Aromas of finely wrapped cigars waft through the air. Tattered clothing hangs from the intricate, rusted railings of second story, paintchipped buildings drying in a balmy breeze. At night, dim yellow streetlights and musical rhythms pulsate from numerous clubs and bars. Bienvenidos a Cuba! Only a short, 60-minute flight from Tampa International Airport, Cuba has been isolated from western influences since the Cuban revolution of 1959. Although just 90 miles away from Miami, it can seem a world — and a half-century — away from our lives here in the U.S. Christopher Columbus declared Cuba, the Caribbean’s largest island, the most beautiful place he’d ever seen. Geographically, Cuba is very

diverse — from the rain forests of Las Terrazas, to the pristine white beaches of Varadero, to the small villages of corrugated tin shanties, to the vibrant city of Havana. Our guides were very positive and forthcoming about Cuban-American relations. Surprisingly, there was a singular lack of military presence. As American tourists, we felt very safe and comfortable to sightsee on our own. Music and art are at the heart of the Cuban culture. Brightly feathered and sequined (and scantily clad) dancers perform nightly at the Tropicana. This cabaret under the stars ignites your senses and has entertained presidents and kings for more than 70 years. Another legendary Havana hot spot, The Buena Vista Social Club, embodies Cuba’s “musical golden age.” Live performances and freeflowing mojitos and Cuban beer encourage a very festive atmosphere, complete with conga lines to

The rustic Calle Obispo in Old Havana (opposite) is a busy street that’s home to an eclectic collection of restaurants, shops, nightclubs and more. On the streets nearby, you’ll find women smoking Cuban cigars (below left) for tips and artisans’ markets (above). Antique American automobiles (top left), many beautifully restored, are a common sight on the roads of the island nation. January–February 2013


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the rhythm of salsa and rumba. The Floridita, a famous Hemingway haunt, is known for its fabulous daiquiris. A vibrant art scene thrives in Cuba. The Museo Nacional de Bella’s Artes is a must-see for anyone traveling to Havana. This world-class museum boasts a huge collection of fabulous contemporary and Spanish colonial art. On Calle Obispo and throughout the city, independent art galleries and shops abound. Many restaurants offer authentic Cuban cuisine. Cuba has a thriving tourist business from Europe and Canada, and as of 2011, the island became more accessible to American visitors. That said, the communist nation still doesn’t have diplomatic relations

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with the U.S., and a visit is subject to visas and myriad rules and regulations (American money and credit cards are not accepted here). Students and journalists are allowed in, although it is still illegal for individual U.S. citizens to travel independently to Cuba. Most Americans wishing to visit the island sign up for a “person-to-person” cultural exchange tour (offered by companies authorized by the U.S. Department of the Treasury) to gain access. n For more information about travel to Cuba, visit the websites of the Treasury department ( resource-center) and the U.S. State Department (travel. To see more of the author’s photos from Cuba, visit

From daiquiris to mojitos, the rum flows freely in Cuba’s restaurants and cafes (top left); but coconut milk is also easy to find (top right). The beautiful Xanadu Mansion in Varadero (bottom left), built in 1927 by the DuPont family atop the San Bernardino crags, offers a spectacular view of the Caribbean (below right). (Opposite page) A cascade of bouganvilla highlights the Spanish Colonial ironwork and stained glass of a building in the Plaza de la Catedral. Januaryâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;February 2013


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Triple R Gives Neglected and Abandoned Horses a Second Chance for Happy Trails By Linda Kleindienst



n her heyday, Bonita was a trained, prized Paso Fino. But on the hot summer day volunteers from Triple R Horse Rescue found her at a Wakulla County home, she looked bedraggled, her mane was matted, she was hungry — and she looked more like a walking skeleton than a high-priced horse. Even so, she still nickered when her name was called, sidling up to the fence for a little love. Bonita was a victim of owner neglect, living in a paddock filled with sand and manure — and no shade. On the other side of the fence was lush green grass, but she couldn’t reach it. That was more than a year ago. Today she wanders a 100-acre pasture, is more than pleasantly plump (actually, she looks more like a butterball), gets groomed and ridden regularly and is loved by the woman who adopted her. “I remember the day she and Mo (Bonita’s herd-mate) were unloaded at their foster home, Spoon Blue Stables. They were emaciated and I remember thinking, ‘How can they even walk in that condition?’” said Sue Hitt of the horse she adopted. “Things are very different now. She is healthy, happy and living the high life.” Bonita (now affectionately known as “Bo”) is one of the dozens of neglected and abandoned horses that have found their way to Triple R (formally known as Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation Ranch Inc.), a group of local volunteers who have banded together to help horses. Founded in 2009, it is one of the last resources for abused and hungry horses in the Tallahassee area. The rescues come mostly from a six-county area of North Florida and are housed in a network of 18 foster homes that stretch across Leon, Wakulla and Jefferson counties, as well as into South Georgia.

Bonita came to Triple R Horse Rescue emaciated and neglected (left), but after rehabilitation and adoption (this page), she’s now “healthy, happy and living the high life.” January–February 2013


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ric Pelletier, Triple R’s president and founder, is dismayed by what he sees, often having to fight back tears while negotiating with an owner to give up a horse that has been obviously neglected and often abused. “Horse abuse has always been out there, but it seems to be more prevalent now, probably because of the economy,” he said. Indeed, horses aren’t cheap. And this winter, last year’s drought that devastated crops in the Midwest is expected to drive up the cost of hay and feed — while some horse owners already have trouble paying that bill. “I’ve never seen as many animals suffering because of the economic strain and, to be honest, I’m doing about as much rescue work as I am for my regular clients. That’s how significant it is,” said Dr. Tom Bevis, the rescue’s primary veterinarian. “I think Triple R is a blessing for this area. Horse owners are feeling the pinch of this economy when a bale of hay costs $10 instead of $3.” There are a variety of ways a horse can find itself in the care of Triple R. Some, like Bonita and three of her herd-mates, will be voluntarily surrendered by their owners — and sometimes that will only happen after Triple R has been asked to intervene at the urging of a family member or a friend. Other owners sign over the animals under pressure from local animal control or law enforcement officials. Some horses are simply abandoned, left to make it on their own survival instincts. Or then there was the case of Thor, who was found tied to a tree outside the home of a Jefferson County volunteer fire chief. No one knew where he came from or how old he was. (A few days later that same fire chief got another, similar delivery — a mare he named Gypsy.) After Triple R took in Thor, veteran trainer Marsha Hartford Sapp, coach of the Florida State University dressage team since 2004, volunteered to take on his training pro bono. “Horses that have good training, good behaviors are much easier to place,” Sapp said. “They are also more likely to stay in their newly adopted home. For me to take Thor is my way of ensuring he will find a good home.” Sapp, who runs Southern Oaks Equestrian Center, is no stranger to untrained horses. She’s been part of the Extreme Mustang Makeover since 2009, a program that gives chosen trainers 100 days to work with never-before-handled wild horses and then present them at a competition. She’s finished in the top five at two competitions. She said the rescue is an important part of the Tallahassee equestrian community because “we don’t have government facilities for horses like we have the shelter for domestic dogs and cats. There

Marsha Hartford Sapp trains Thor, who was found tied to a tree in Jefferson County and brought to Triple R Horse Rescue.

has to be a place for horses to go.” While the Tallahassee region is home to many lush horse farms and their well-fed equines, horses in need are spread throughout the community. Some are hidden in walled-in backyards, others in pastures not visible from the road, some in open view. The history of each horse rescued is often hard to determine. Ninja, a 26-year-old Quarter Horse found starving in a sandy lot in Gadsden County, was once a barrel racer. But the owner, who was forced to sign him over to Triple R, never passed on that tidbit of information. It came from someone who had viewed the rescue’s website and recognized the name and the horse. She had raced Ninja when he was young.

Some of the rescues are retired racehorses whose stories can at least be partly traced through the Jockey Club because of their tattoos. One such horse is Hummer, an emaciated gelding who was living in the backyard of a Woodville home. His racing name is Diamonds and Notes — and he was worth $25,000 as a two-year-old. Hummer started 36 races and won more than $160,000, then stopped racing when he was six years old. What happened in the intervening 10 years? No one knows. When he is healthy again, a volunteer will begin working with him to determine what training he may have gotten after he left the track. Kateri Timmes and David Rigdon have fostered several horses at their Wakulla County home over the past two years. They are currently

Want to Help? Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your honey and know that your romantic evening is helping horses in need at Have a Heart 4 Horses, Triple R’s marquee fundraising event for the year. Dinner, live music, an extensive silent auction and a bonfire are part of the festivities planned for this second annual event. Have a Heart 4 Horses will be held at the Bradfordville Blues Club on Sunday, Feb. 10, from 3 until 8 p.m. Tickets are $60 or two for $100 and can be purchased through the Triple R website (

rehabilitating Gypsy, that Appaloosa mare who was found tied to the tree. “I’ve learned how much hard work goes into rescuing a horse, from the fundraising necessary to raise money for feed and care to rehabilitating and retraining the horses to finding adoptive homes,” Timmes said. “The best feeling is when a horse successfully finds a new, loving home.” Rigdon said the best and worst day he has experienced as a Triple R volunteer came when at the request of the Jefferson County sheriff’s office he went to pick up Seminole, an emaciated mare found wandering the streets of Lloyd. “This horse was literally nothing but walking bones,” he remembered. But then he delivered her to her foster family “where I was met by a

brother and sister who immediately provided her with food, water and shelter. With help from kids like this, I predict nothing but good things for Seminole’s future.” It was the children who decided on the name Seminole for the mare because of its meaning — runaway. There have been many successful adoptions, with some of the rescue’s horses going as far afield as New York and Illinois. Yet there has also been sadness, the loss of horses that were too far gone to help. “It’s tragic that some horses cannot recover from the ills they have suffered at the hands of the people who were supposed to be caring for them,” said Pelletier. “Of the dozens of horses we have taken into Triple R, we have lost three while they were in the rescue. We take comfort in knowing that at least they knew love and weren’t going hungry for the last part of their lives.” Triple R raises money to care for the horses by running food concessions at local horse shows, selling calendars and grocery bags, and through its once-a-year Valentine fundraiser, Have A Heart 4 Horses. The funds help care for the horses in foster homes and are sometimes used to help families that have run into a financial bind and need temporary help to buy feed for their horses or get vaccines that will help their horses fend off deadly diseases like West Nile and Eastern Equine Encephalitis. “We’re trying to help these horses that are dependent on their owners for a meal,” Bevis said. “I feel like we’re providing a much-needed service to the community.” Jenny Wells signed on to help the rescue three years ago when her daughter, Samantha, became interested in volunteering. “I talked them into taking on my 12-year-old daughter as a volunteer — and then I ended up working the concessions too because she wasn’t old enough to drive!” Wells said. As time went on, she gave advice on how to run the food operation and improve profitability — and now she’s the concession chairman. With help from Samantha, she coordinates food purchases and volunteers for sometimes up to three horse shows running on the same day. “Our successes have generated a lot of pride. And now I even know what a gooseneck trailer is,” she joked. “When I first joined, I was asked what kind of trailer someone had … all I could say was, ‘It’s white.’” n You can find out more about Triple R and the horses currently in foster care at January–February 2013


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¡Viva Red Hills! Riders and Spectators Return for the Region’s Most Popular Equestrian Event By Linda Kleindienst

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safely takes years of training for the horse and rider — and months of conditioning for the horse. Horses and riders will arrive on Thursday, March 7, and begin competition the next day with dressage tests. Cross-country will be held on Saturday, March 9, and Sunday will be focused on stadium jumping. (Although some upper lever riders will compete in stadium jumping on Friday afternoon.) Jane Barron, co-organizer of the event, said she’s hoping more riders will attend this year because it isn’t an Olympic year as it was in 2012. “I think turnout may be greater because riders want to be bringing along their up-and-coming horses and won’t be as focused on just their top competitive partners,” she said. While the Five Flags of Florida fly over the event, organizers plan to highlight the role horses have played in the development of Florida since the Spanish first brought them to our shores in 1521. The Florida Cracker Horse is a direct descendant of those first horses, retaining the gait and size of its ancestor. “We hope to have a parade of breeds on that last day to highlight the Cracker Horse and others that evolved from the first Spanish horses,” Barron said. Spectators will also have the opportunity to check out a new cross-country course that will be officially unveiled during the 2014 horse trials. The new course is located on property owned by the Northwest Florida Water Management District. n SCOTT HOLSTEIN


ith a salute to Florida’s 500th anniversary — and the role that Spanish horses played in the state’s development — the Red Hills Horse Trials are set to return in early March. The three-day event is an equestrian triathlon that tests a rider’s skill and a horse’s endurance in dressage, cross country and stadium jumping, while attracting riders and spectators from across the country to Tallahassee each spring. “It’s truly a signature event for Tallahassee, and it generates a lot of publicity for us nationally and internationally,” said Lee Daniels, executive director of Visit Tallahassee. “And almost all of our marketing (in 2013) for Leon County tourism ties into the VIVA Florida 500 theme. It’s going to be Florida’s 500th birthday — and the party is in Tallahassee.” The horse trials are an annual tradition held at Elinor KlappPhipps Park and have often attracted more than 200 riders, many of international renown, and up to 25,000 spectators over the three days of competition. The majority turn out for the cross-country phase of eventing, which is a test of the true grit of horse and rider. Jumps resembling everything from an armadillo to a picnic table dot the landscape of a 1- to 4-mile course, which riders are given a certain amount of time to complete. Finishing the course over or under that optimum time results in penalties to the rider. Part of the thrill for spectators is watching a horse and rider galloping up a hill, collecting themselves in front of the jump and then taking a mighty lunge over the obstacle. To accomplish that feat







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Alchemy’s Golden Touch

Alex Beltrami demonstrates the implements and techniques for serving the licorice-flavored spirit absinthe (left). If the Green Fairy is too bohemian for your taste, consider a Sazerac cocktail (above) made with whiskey.

The secretive, mysterious speakeasy, a bar whose time came (in the early ’20s) and went (after Prohibition) has returned again, this time in Midtown as Alchemy Spirits & Concoctions. When it opened in August, potential patrons were confounded by this new watering hole, located … well … somewhere and shrouded by an air of bygone days and exclusivity. Its owners and operators — the same folks who brought Hotel Duval, Midtown Filling Station and The Front Porch to Tallahassee — were looking to catch a pair of big-city trends: the secret bar and handcrafted cocktails. Alchemy is small — it seats only 55 people — and reservations, which can be made online up to 10 days in advance, are highly recommended. The proprietors tried to make the bar as “period” as possible, with not just a bar, finishes and fixtures from the Roaring ’20s, but also bearded bartenders (call them “alchemists,” please) and drinks that evoke the era. There are no cocktail waitresses. Instead, a mixologist comes to your table to explain the menu of multi-ingredient drinks with names like the Ramos Gin Fizz or Corpse Reviver No.2. Order from the menu, or consult with your alchemist — they’re all experts on cocktail lore, ingredients and construction — and have him or her create one to your liking. What you won’t find is a vodka cranberry (the U.S. wasn’t making nice with Russia during the Prohibition era). A Godfather, made with bourbon, bitters and amaretto, might be suggested to a guy who’s used to drinking Crown and Coke. “We like to get our patrons out of their wheelhouse,” says Alex Beltrami, operating partner for Alchemy and the Midtown Filling Station. The goal, he says, is “sipping and socializing,” with guests passing around their drinks so everyone can have a taste. There is a limited food menu, but cocktails are the stars of the show here. Alchemy has been “wildly successful” since its opening says Marc Bauer, managing partner for Hunter & Harp Hospitality. “We’re in a position where people are vying for reservations; they’re trying to get in early. It’s exactly the way we wanted to grow it — kind of virally.” The speakeasy is open Wednesday through Saturday starting at 5 p.m. For reservations, visit // ROSANNE DUNKELBERGER January–February 2013


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Skinny night out With Good Choices, Happy Hour Doesn’t Have to be a Resolution Buster

It’s a couple of weeks after New Year’s, and your healthy 2013 resolutions are going strong. I’ve got this, you tell yourself … and then you get the first invitation for happy hour in Midtown with the girls. Or maybe the fellas from work want to grab drinks and appetizers after hours. Uh-oh. Buh-bye healthy resolution, hello happy hour, right? Not necessarily. Fortunately, committing to healthier eating and drinking habits does not relegate you to a boring, anti-social existence of evenings spent at home nibbling through a bag of carrots. “It’s not about one day or two days of eating; it’s about consistency in your diet,” says competitive bodybuilder and longtime executive chef Tim Durning, co-owner of Flex Foods, a healthy meal delivery and catering service in Tallahassee. “So if you’re eating properly the rest of the week, one happy hour isn’t going to kill you.” When you do indulge in happy hour, the key to walking away without resolution regret is to make the best choices in what you sip and what you nosh. That means learning to decode appetizer menus to avoid red flags (“breaded,” “coated,” “fried,” “creamy,” etc.) and keeping libations simple to minimize high-calorie, highsugar mixers. “Always go toward grilled or steamed and stay away from fried,” Durning says. “I could eat shrimp cocktail all day long; it’s so light. And don’t be afraid to ask them to grill the chicken tenders instead of frying them. Know what you are eating.”

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At Wine Loft, that means choosing the Asian Filet Skewers — lean grilled filet with light sauce — over the Angus Sliders — mini burgers plus blue cheese and bread. At Bonefish, maybe you go for the edamame appetizer or Saucy Shrimp (not fried, and served with lime, feta and olives in a light garlic sauce) instead of the breaded Bang Bang Shrimp, which packs about 1,200 calories and 48 grams of fat into the appetizer bowl. And when choosing what to order from the drink menu, moderation and simplicity are safe bets. Shannon Moore is a registered dietitian and owner of F.U.E.L. (Food Upgrading Every Lifestyle), a Tallahassee wellness and weight loss consultation business. She routinely has clients who lament, Does this mean I can’t enjoy a drink anymore? Her answer: Of course you can. “My big thing is that you have to always go back to the rule of moderation,” Moore says. “You know, the dietary guidelines say it’s OK to have one drink for women and two drinks for men — that’s 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, 1.5 ounces of liquor. But you know, when you do that, you have to be aware of the mixers and sugary things that add calories.” The typical 1.5-ounce serving of 80-proof alcohol in a cocktail has just under 100 calories. “But you can rack up 500 calories in a margarita or a daiquiri,” depending on the size, Moore says. So choose things like soda water or a splash of juice instead

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“You can rack up 500 calories in a margarita or a daiquiri.” — Shannon Moore, Registered Dietitian and owner of F.U.E.L. January–February 2013


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Happy Hour Do’s

Don’ts Vodka soda with lime, splash of cranberry: 100 calories, low in sugar Red wine: 120 calories per glass, rich in antioxidants Sangria: A 5-ounce glass is delicious, and only 100 calories or so. Gin and tonic: Made with 8 ounces of tonic water, it’s 146 calories and low in sugar. Mojito, hold or skimp on the simple syrup: The syrup is where the calories come from in this tropical favorite, so skip the syrup or ask them to go light and you can keep this under 150 calories. White wine spritzer: The spritzer dilutes the calories and adds fun fizz! Bloody Mary: The tomato juice gives it a healthy boost and, at only about 150 calories, it is a healthy choice. Hummus with pita, veggies Potstickers or spring rolls, steamed Sushi Ceviche: When prepared well, it is delicious and low in fat and calories. Shrimp cocktail: Low in calories, high in protein and tasty!

Strawberry Daiquiri: This umbrella drink is high in calories, thanks to all the added sugar and the typically large serving sizes. Piña Colada: Just a small one of these has about 250 calories — and most are double that size. Long Island Iced Tea: Thanks to the multiple liquors plus sweet and sour mix, a typical glass weighs in at more than 500 calories. Ouch. Calamari Egg rolls, empañadas and their doughy fried counterparts Spinach dip, artichoke dip and their creamy cousins Chips and salsa — Unless you can stop yourself at just a few chips Bang Bang Shrimp and their fried, breaded spicy shrimp cousins Sliders — Unless you are sharing with friends

Olives and nuts: In moderation

Liquid Calories

Flatbread: When shared and topped with veggies, this crispy treat can be a great way to satisfy your craving for a full-blown pizza.

12 ounces of beer: 130–175 calories

of the typical half-glass serving, to keep the cocktail around 150 calories or less. For favorites like mojitos or martinis, ask the bartender to go light on the simple syrup, and you can save yourself an unwanted sugar rush — not to mention 50 to 100 empty calories. Increasingly, bars offer cocktails made with agave nectar instead of sugar syrup. Does yours? It never hurts to ask!

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White Russian: This creamy drink packs about 350 calories for a 5-ounce cocktail and is higher in fat than many cocktails.

5 ounces of wine: 150 calories 1.5 ounces of liquor: 100 calories

Moore recently advised a client who loves happy hour margaritas at her favorite restaurant to continue enjoying what she loves — just in smaller quantities. “I told her, ‘It just means you have one margarita instead of two, and you order the smaller one.’ The main thing is keeping it real,” Moore says. “Because who doesn’t like a good happy hour?” n

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Fired Up About

glass Women Artists Find Their Artistic Style in This Magical Medium

All that glitters isn’t gold — but it just might be glass, which frequently contains metal to give it color. Intense heat magically transforms sand, lime and soda ash into the sparkling translucence we call glass. Add a pinch of gold oxide to the pot and you get cranberry glass; cobalt oxide, brilliant blue; and iron oxides, green and brown. Enchanted by the magic of the medium, a group of Tallahassee artists are earning national recognition for their work. Sarah Coakley, Terrie Corbett, Susan Frisbee, Jaye Houle, Lesley Nolan, Cheryl Sattler and Kathy Wilcox are among those who ventured into a field once dominated by men. Each artist developed her own style and techniques using the highly versatile medium. “I’m blown away by the talent and quality of work produced by glass artists in this area,” says Ann Kozeliski, executive director of the LeMoyne Center for the Visual Arts. “You can really see the progress they have made over the years.” She is impressed by the time and money they invested to develop their skills. “You have to be involved down to the cellular level to work with glass.” This year marks the 50th anniversary of the American Studio Glass Movement. Prior to the early 1960s, glass was made only in large-scale industrial settings. American studio glass differs from factory glass because an individual artist (clockwise from top creates the piece. Both Lesley Nolan and Terrie right) Cheryl Sattler Corbett were invited to participate in an exhibit polishes a piece of art to celebrate the movement’s anniversary at the glass in her studio; A renowned Bender Gallery in Asheville, N.C. finished piece from “Lesley and Terrie have galleries outside the her Coral Series: state, which speaks to the quality of their work,” Caribbean; and glass elements to be used in says Dr. Viki Wylder, curator of education at the future projects. Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts.

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Fused Glass

Cheryl Sattler specializes in fused glass expressing the two distinct themes of freedom and family ties, and the inevitable tension between the two. “I make glass that people feel compelled to touch,” she says. “I love that. Go ahead — break the rules.” A distinctive feature of her work is the combination of colorful glass crushed to varying degrees and then formed back together. Where Lesley’s pieces tend to fuse together neat geometric shapes into a larger tidy pattern, Cheryl’s art seems to celebrate disorder and rule breaking. With an art degree from FSU, Cheryl tried weaving, pottery, painting and basket weaving before she finally took a class in glass. “It was love at first sight,” she says. “The beauty of glass is that it’s a liquid. I try to catch the light and capture the fluidity.” Cheryl is putting together a 2014 show for Gadsden Art Center called “10,000 Hours,” the amount of time “Outliers” author Malcolm Gladwell says it takes to become proficient in any area and push it further than it has ever gone before. When people ask how long it took her to make a piece, she tells them, “All my life.” The skill and imagination in any piece are cumulative. Her 2,500 square foot studio in Quincy is called “Imagine That!” ►

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A central figure in Tallahassee’s glass community, Lesley has worked with fused glass since 1992, though she worked with stained glass earlier. Her backyard studio boasts three kilns. “Lesley’s style is a combination of playful and serious,” says Wylder. “It’s colorful and engaging, drawing you into her imagery.” Lesley builds her distinctive pieces around a story, such as people walking on the beach or girlfriends bonding. She used to sew quilts and a similar effect of combined prints and patterns informs her art glass. “The stories I tell in the main body of my work celebrate our common human moments,” Lesley says. Besides wallsized collages of human figures, she also creates colorful

Fusing glass with Cheryl Sattler: Sattler cuts heat-resistant fiber paper (1) to the size of the base piece of glass and then sifts finely ground, dry, colored glass onto the fiber paper using a tea strainer (2). Carefully wetting the ground glass (3) allows the fiber paper to hold more glass and causes the powder to stick together. Bending the fiber paper (4) gently causes cracks in the surface of the wet glass powder. The powder/paper is placed on a kiln shelf and topped with a piece of clear glass the same size and shape. Then, pre-fired gems are added to the edge (5). These gems are made in an entirely different process. Gems are lined up along the edge of the glass (6), leaving space between them for more crushed glass. Various colors and sizes of crushed glass are mixed together (7) then the crushed glass mix is added between and around the gems (8). During firing, the powder fuses onto the piece of glass, making the pattern. No longer necessary, the fiber paper is peeled off (9). After being cleaned, the piece is placed flat on a stainless steel mold covered with a release so it doesn't stick (10). It’s heated up very slowly so the glass bends gently, and then must cool very slowly so it doesn’t crack. The photo shows a piece that is about to be fired (left) and another that has already been fired (right). January–February 2013


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tableware. Much of her work utilizes brilliant primary colors in stunning combinations. Lesley’s work first gained national exposure through a competition sponsored by Bullseye Glass in Portland, Ore. Since then, her glass has won recognition in San Francisco and Chicago exhibitions and in publications like “Contemporary Warm Glass” by Brad Walker and “A Beginning Guide to Kiln-Formed Glass” by Brenda Griffith. Over the years Lesley shared her knowledge with others, helping to create a synergistic community of local glass artists. ►

Enamel on Glass

Tallahassee’s other representative at the Bender Gallery celebration, Terrie Corbett, paints on glass with vitreous enamel, which is fired in a kiln to fuse the two together. Enamel consists of powdered glass. “Terrie’s paintings have an abstract expressionist style, an expression of emotion and spirituality. When you look at her work, you see no objects but you see the burst of energy,” Wylder says. “I love the element of surprise when you combine the act of painting with the capricious nature of kiln-fired glass,” Terrie says. The only thing she dislikes is the wait while her art goes through the fire. “If there are problems when I remove it from the kiln, then there is sandblasting, additional painting and subsequent firings.” Her creations have a very contemporary feel. Terrie’s glass paintings have been juried into an International Glass Exhibition called “Ignite” and six nationally juried exhibitions, as well as being included in the inaugural opening of the Florida Museum for Women Artists in Deland. Recognized in “The Best of Florida Artists,” Terrie has a BFA in painting and drawing.

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Enamel on Copper

Most of us associate the word enamel with glossy paint that comes in buckets. Kathy Wilcox finds she has to educate customers because not that many understand her enamel is actually finely ground glass. Kathy enamels on copper with powdered glass that she applies in multiple layers. Each layer must be fired in the kiln. “It can be a tedious technique,” Kathy says. “There might be 10 to 30 firings on a large wall piece.” She often incorporates gold foil in her designs. “It’s January–February 2013


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For 26 years, glasswork has been Susan Frisbee’s livelihood. Glasswork by Susan is located in the cottages at Lake Ella. Susan’s work can be seen all over town in custom stained glass front doors and transoms. She created and installed 14 stained glass windows for a Methodist Church in Carrabelle and another 14 for a church in Quincy. “When I do custom pieces, I try never to duplicate so each person gets a unique piece of art,” Susan says. Not to mention, it keeps her from ever feeling bored. Currently she is working on a Tiffany-style lamp in the magnolia shape with 1,282 pieces of glass. Though Susan specializes in stained glass, she also works with fused, and you’ll find everything from jewelry to Christmas ornaments to sun-catchers in her shop.

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thicker than gold leaf and requires meticulous work, but it adds a lot to a piece.” Fish, birds, reptiles, insects, blossoms and plants are common themes of her art, stemming from childhood experiences in Coconut Grove with her father, who was a naturalist. With a BA in Art Education, Kathy enjoys teaching workshops, and has taught enameling techniques to Corbett, Houle and Coakley. “There aren’t many places to learn enameling,” she says. She took a course at FSU, but they no longer teach it there. For the past five years, she’s been on the faculty of the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tenn., teaching a weeklong class on enameling. Though she’s won many awards, a competition held by the International Enamelist Society stands out. Her work became part of a six-month exhibit traveling nationally from museum to museum.

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first show, she created a giant glass dragonfly, which became the symbol for her business, Dragonfly Glass. “With each piece I create, I try to distill the complexities of nature into simple, but recognizable, patterns and forms,” Jaye says. A geographer by training, she thinks in map forms like circles and squares and incorporates those shapes into many of her designs. In 1980 she took a stained glass class, and her interest in the medium took off from there. She’s experimented with fusing, sandblasting, airbrushing and using lusters and glass powders to add detail to her pieces. When she airbrushes mica on the glass, the result is shimmery iridescence. Currently she works with pate de verre and cast glass. These pieces begin with clay models, progress to plaster/silica molds and then are packed with glass frit.

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Like many other glass artists, Sarah Coakley painted on canvas, branched into enamels on glassware and later discovered fused glass. She also quilted. “Everything that I’ve done before informs what I’m doing now,” she says. “I recently did a series of glass samplers for a new grandmother. It looks like a glass quilt with her grandchild’s footprints and birth information.” Sarah works out of FSU’s Master Craftsman Studio. A distinctive feature of her glass is the way she manipulates it while it’s in the kiln to create unique effects. “I also love the look of mixed media,” she says. Her jewelry sometimes combines fused glass with silver clay for a sculptural effect. Sarah has been involved with outstanding pieces displayed in the community, including stained glass windows in the Werkmeister Reading Room at FSU and a glass sculpture of a rose incorporated into a water feature on the grounds of the university president’s home.

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Other women in the Tallahassee glass community include Darcy Abbott, Claudia Howat, Carol Nahoom and Karen Pritzl. And already the passion for glasswork is firing up the next generation. At Killearn Lakes Elementary Where to see and/ School last year, Coakley’s or buy art glass daughter Bridget participated in around town a school-wide project where students design and create an item 1020 Art! and market it to students or par1020 East Lafayette St. ents. Since Bridget had already Terrie Corbett, Cheryl Sattler been working with fused glass The Museum of Florida History alongside her mother for four 500 S. Bronough St. years, she made and marketed Kathy Wilcox glass jewelry. Gadsden Arts Center Several artists offer classes 13 N. Madison St., Quincy regularly and share the secrets Cheryl Sattler, Kathy Wilcox of their craft. Glasswork by Susan Kathy Wilcox teaches enamel 1661 N. Monroe St. workshops in her studio. The Susan Frisbee typical one-day fee is $115, LeMoyne Center for the Visual Arts including materials; private 125 N. Gadsden St. lessons are $200. Leon County Terrie Corbett, Cheryl Sattler teachers can earn in-service Nomads credit. Contact Kathy through 318 N. Monroe St. her website. Jaye Houle, Kathy Wilcox LeMoyne Center for the Master Craftsman Studio Visual Arts offers an extensive 905 W. Gaines St. educational program. Susan Sarah Coakley Frisbee teaches summer camp Mozaik Restaurant stained glass workshops there 1410 Market St. for ages 13–17. At various times, Jaye Houle she and Carol Nahoun also Signature Gallery teach adult glass courses. Call 2782 Capital Circle N.E . (850) 222-8800 or see the curTerrie Corbett, Lesley Nolan, rent schedule at Cheryl Sattler Master Craftsman Studio Or contact the artists encourages small groups like through their websites. book clubs to schedule an evening to create fused glass jewelry. For $25, each participant makes and (after firing) takes a piece of custom jewelry. Bring your own food and beverages and make a party of it. Contact Sarah Coakley if you are interested at (850) 644-0139. n



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The weather may be frightful, but here are some delightful ways to spend those chilly winter days. //Compiled by Danielle Husband

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Night at the Oscars Feb. 24 Lights, camera, action! Grab those sparkly dresses and suits and walk the red carpet at

Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts’ Night at the Oscars event. Starting at 6 p.m., watch the live broadcast of the Academy Awards at the elegant Hotel Duval. This is the Film School’s sixth annual fundraiser to support their film programs. VIP stars and starlets can attend an exclusive pre-Oscar party equipped with open bar, first dibs on many silent auction items and red carpet photo opportunities. Invite family and friends and get a cute pic in the photo fun booth. The Oscars only come once a year, so show your support for the Film School by attending this show-stopping event. Tickets prices for this event are $75 for VIPs and $50 general admission. Call Fred Salancy at (850) 644-3911 for more information or visit

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2013 Tallahassee Top Salon Feb. 23 Does your stylist have “shear genius?” Calling all of our fabulous Tallahassee Magazine readers to the best charity event of the season ... Top Salon of Tallahassee is back! Your salon can win only if you come out and vote at the event at the University Center Club. A portion of the proceeds to benefit the winning salon’s charity of choice. This event will sell out, so hurry and purchase your tickets now at

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Pets and Their People March 2 Bark. Meow. Slither. Shove. Chirp — Pets, do whatever it takes to get your human down to the Tallahassee Magazine’s 10th annual “Pets and Their People” event at Proctor Subaru. People, enjoy a day bonding with your best pal as you stroll down through displays in Proctor Subaru and its parking lot. Tallahassee Magazine with USA photo will be set up for a complimentary photo-shoot and 5X7 photo of you and your furry (or slimy) friend. Complimentary treats, demonstrations, giveaways, and other fun things will be going on, so make a date with you and your pal! Free to the public.

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Red Hills Horse Trials March 8–10 Top horses, riders and trainers from around the globe — along with thousands of spectators — will come Tallahassee’s Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park for three days of top-shelf eventing competition in dressage, cross-country and stadium jumping. In conjunction with Viva Florida, this year’s event will offer a special salute to Spain’s 500-year history in Florida.

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30A Songwriters Festival Jan. 18–20 New Year’s may be over, but who says the fun has to stop? The 30A Songwriters Festival in Walton County is just getting started. Songwriters from around the country will gather in South Walton for the fourth annual musical event, Jan. 18–20. Presented by Visit South Walton, the three-day festival features more than 125 musicians and over 300 performances in venues ranging from intimate listening rooms to spacious outdoor amphitheaters along Scenic Highway 30A. In previous years, artists have included the Bangles, Joan Osborne, Indigo Girls, Shawn Mullins, Rodney Crowell, Matthew Sweet and Sam Bush, among many others. This year Lucinda Williams, Nanci Griffith and Jeffery Steele and are among the artists who will be performing. All proceeds benefit the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County. Tickets are $110. For more information, contact Tracy Louthain at or (850) 622-5970.

Other events and activities include educational exhibits, an appearance by Ponce de Leon and a “Parade of Breeds Under the Five Flags” at the awards ceremony following the close of competition. Also planned is a professional dressage exhibition showcasing the Spanish roots of eventing. Besides the competition (see story, page 106), the event will also include an Avenue of Shops with vendors from around the country, plus exhibits and tours. Suggested donations for adult admission is $15 per day or $25 for a three-day pass. For the event schedule and additional information, visit January–February 2013


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PIGFEST BBQ Cook-off and Music Festival Feb. 16–17 Grill

masters will gather at the North Florida Fairgrounds to compete in an all-day barbecue cook-off at the fourth annual festival. A perfect fun day for families, in addition to the opportunity to sample delicious barbecue, the event also includes a Battle of the Bands, an arts and crafts marketplace, a custom car show, Kid’s Zone and more. The fun runs from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children (children under 5 are free). Proceeds benefit the Capital Area Community Action Agency, which has served the poor in eight local counties for 50 years. For more information, call Diana Haggerty at (850) 222-2043 or visit

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Have a Heart 4 Horses Feb. 10 Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your honey and know that your romantic evening is helping horses in need at Triple R Horse Rescue’s marquee fundraising event for the year. Dinner, live music by Encore, an extensive silent auction, Cowboy Karaoke, line dancing and a bonfire are part of the festivities planned for this second annual event. Have a Heart 4 Horses 2013 will be held at the Bradfordville Blues Club from 3–8 p.m. Tickets are $60 each or $100 a pair and can be purchased through the Triple R website ( Don’t forget to wear your best Western duds!

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Through Jan. 7

Annual Winter Festival Youth Art Exhibit This festival showcases youthful talent and imagination though 54 pieces of student artwork. This year, 25 selected works by art teachers will be shown as well. The best of the best were chosen out of many exceptional submissions. FREE. City Hall Gallery, 300 S. Adams St. 8 a.m.–5:30 p.m. (850) 224-2500,

Through Jan. 21

Photofest 2012 From breathtaking landscapes to the mind-bending use of extreme close-ups, this exhibition features photographs from 28 local artists selected as the best in their craft. FREE. ArtPort Gallery, Tallahassee Regional Airport, 3300 Capital Circle S.W. 8 a.m.–11:30 p.m. (850) 224-2500,

Through Jan. 27

Dialogue with Nature: Papercuts by Lucrezia Bieler and Peggy Adair The Tallahassee Museum is proud to present two talented artists skilled in the ancient art of paper-cutting. See their exceptional work on display at the Phipps Gallery. FREE with museum general admission. Tallahassee Museum, 3945 Museum Drive. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (850) 575-8684,

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Through Feb. 1

Annie S. Harris Grace Warriors — “The Journey” Exhibit This art and jewelry craft show is inspired by the life of Annie S. Harris, the daughter of a sharecropper in rural Alabama. See her sojourn through life’s trials and tribulations. FREE. John G. Riley Center/Museum, 419 East Jefferson St. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. (850) 681-7881,

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Jan. 1

America’s State Parks First Day Hike The Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park welcomes the public to join in a hike around Lake Overstreet on the Woodland Trail Walk on the first day of the year. Bring binoculars, water and a camera. FREE with paid park entry. Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park, 3540 Thomasville Road. 3–4 p.m. (850) 487-4556,

Jan. 2–27

Art Across All Ages The Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts presents an educational experience for all ages. FREE. FSU Museum of Fine Arts, 530 W. Call St, 250 Arts Building, FSU Campus. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Call Teri Abstein at (850) 644-6836.

Jan. 4 and Feb. 1

Railroad Square First Friday Celebrate a true T.G.I.F. at Railroad Square Art Park! See live musicians, art and unique shops all open on the first Friday of every month. FREE. 567 Industrial Drive. 6–9 p.m. Call Bill Grace at (850) 224-1308.

Jan. 5

First Christmas in La Florida Discover the rich history of the Apalachee village in present day Tallahassee. Explore recreations of the 18th-century village of San Luis, the traditional mass and Hernando De Soto’s camp life. $5 adults, $3 seniors, $2 children. Mission San Luis, 2100 W. Tennessee St. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. (850) 245-6406,

Jan. 11–Feb. 3

New Acquisitions & Old Favorites Art Exhibit The Museum of Fine Arts at Florida State University is featuring an art exhibition from their permanent collection. FREE. FSU Museum of Fine Arts, 530 W. Call St. 250 Fine Arts Building. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. (850) 644-6836, January–February 2013


Jan. 12

Birdseed Event Native Nurseries and the Tallahassee Museum are offering birdseed sales to benefit the Tallahassee Museum. Meet hawks, owls and other wildlife from Tallahassee Museum and St. Francis Wildlife Association. Take this opportunity to learn about birds of prey and fun activities to feed birds around your home. FREE. Native Nurseries, 1661 Centerville Road. 2–4 p.m. (850) 386-8882,

Jan. 17–20 & Jan 25–27

Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’ Tallahassee Little Theatre is proud to present this classic Shakespearian comedy centered on mistaken identity. $20 adults, $15 seniors/government employees. $10 students. 1861 Thomasville Road. 8–10 p.m. (850) 224-8474,

Jan. 18

Flight of the Butterflies This IMAX film premiere shows the long journey millions of monarchs make yearly from Canada to Mexico. See the miraculous migration as the butterflies travel where no monarch has gone before! $8 adult, $7 student/senior, $6 children. Challenger Learning Center, 200 S. Duval St. (850) 645-7772,

Jan. 19

Oyster Cook-Off The Apalachicola Oyster Cook-Off is a benefit for volunteer firefighters in the local area. There will be a silent auction, an oyster-filled cook-off and tons of food vendors. FREE. Downtown Apalachicola. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Call Anita Groves at (850) 653-9419,

Jan. 19

3rd Saturdays at Railroad Square Art Park The third Saturday of every month, the Railroad Square Art Park hosts live music, food, vendors and children’s activities. FREE. Railroad Square Art Park, McDonnell Dr. 1–5 p.m. Call Bill Grace at (850) 766-1257.

Jan. 19

Souper Sunday Support the hungry by enjoying healthy soups served by the shops and studios of The Railroad Square Art Park. All proceeds go to the Manna On Meridian Food Bank to help fight hunger. FREE. Railroad Square Art Park, 567 Industrial Drive. 1–5 p.m. (850) 766-1257,

Jan. 19

Starting Your Own Peppers and Tomatoes from Seed Master Gardener Judith Stricklin guides the group through techniques of planting and caring for the delicious edibles. Seed catalogues will be available. Preregistration is required. $8 members, $10 nonmembers. Tallahassee Museum, 3945 Museum Drive. Noon–1 p.m. 575-8684 ext. 136,

Jan. 26

6th Annual Tallahassee Fitness Festival Don’t miss out on this one-day opportunity to experience the latest exercise classes, home gym equipment, and health and nutrition products. Over 150 local and national vendors will be present. $5 adults. FREE for children under 12. Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center, 505 W. Pensacola St. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. (850) 222-0200,

Jan. 26

Unity Concert: The Works of André J. Thomas The Tallahassee Community Chorus’ 25th year starts with the 8th annual Unity Concert that will feature the works of TCC’s Artistic Director, Dr. André J Thomas. $20 adults. $15 seniors. $5 student. Ruby Diamond Concert Hall, FSU. 8 p.m. Call Emily Brown at (850) 597-0603. 130 January–February 2013

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Jupiter String Quartet The nationally honored Jupiter String Quartet is coming to Tallahassee. The group won the 2005 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and now holds YCA’s Helen F. Whitaker Chamber Music Chair. $30 general admission, $10 students. Opperman Music Hall, Kuersteiner Music Building, FSU Campus. 4–6 p.m. (540) 850-9526.

Jan. 31

Tallahassee Broadway Series Presents ‘Hair’ Enjoy the new Tony-winning production of HAIR, the musical about a group of young Americans searching for peace and love in the 1960s. $30–$78. TallahasseeLeon County Civic Center, 505 W. Pensacola St. 7:30 p.m. (850) 222-0400,

Feb. 2–Mar. 31

I Am Me: Artists and Autism Visit the Walmsley Gallery at the FSU Museum of Fine Arts to experience artistic works of talented autistic artists. FREE. 530 W. Call Street, 250 Fine Arts Building. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Call Teri Abstein (850) 644-6836.

Feb. 2

Wildlife Heritage Festival This festival will include an exhibition of items from nonprofit organizations near the coastal waters of St. Marks Wildlife Refuge. Food will be for sale. FREE with park admission. St. Marks Wildlife Refuge, 1255 Lighthouse Road, St. Marks 11 a.m.–4 p.m. (850) 925-6121,

Feb. 2

8th Annual Daddy Daughter Dance Calling dads and daughters of all ages! Grab those dancing shoes and cut a rug and have fun while supporting the Northside Rotary Club. $50 per couple. $15 per additional daughter. 6–9:30 p.m. The Moon, 1105 E. Lafayette St. Call Sondra Brown at (850) 508-8073.

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Feb. 2–Mar. 31

Peter Paul Rubens Exhibit See the artistic impressions of Peter Paul Rubens from the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. The Flemish Baroque painter is one of the most extraordinary artistic figures of the 17th century. FREE. FSU Museum of Fine Arts, 530 W. Call St. 250 Fine Arts Building. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. (850) 644-6836, North Florida Home Show The largest home show in North Florida features more than 150 vendors representing remodeling, new homes, home furnishings, kitchens, bathrooms, carpeting and appliances. $7 adults. Children under 16 FREE. Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center, 505 W. Pensacola St. Friday 1–7 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (800) 542-6017

Feb. 10

Forgotten Coast Chefs Sampler The 16th Annual Forgotten Chefs Sampler will bring together the most creative dishes of chefs from all over the Forgotten Coast. Come and enjoy samples at restaurants in the beautiful city of Apalachicola. $50. 122 Commerce Street. 6–9 p.m. Call Apalachicola Bay Chamber (850) 653-9419,

Feb. 16

ArtiGras at Railroad Square The third Saturday of each month Railroad Square’s shops and artist studios open their shops for a Saturday full of live music, children’s activities and tasty treats. FREE. Railroad Square Art Park, 567 Industrial Drive. 1–5 p.m.


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Feb. 8–10

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The Sharing Tree’s Uptown Upcycle The Sharing Tree is hosting a fundraiser where local artists and celebrities auction off their recycled artwork. Heavy appetizers and drinks available for purchase. $25. St. Johns Café, 211 N. Monroe St. 6–8 p.m. Contact Carly Sinnadurai at (850) 264-4035.

Feb. 22

The Divine Sisterhood of the Costume Closet Get your girlfriends together for Tallahassee’s most hotly anticipated girl party of the year hosted by The Tallahassee Ballet. This year’s theme is “Cowgirl Chic: Sisters Go West.” Pull on those boots, buckles and blue jeans and enjoy a festive ladies night benefiting the ballet’s costume and set production. The Space at Feather Oaks, 6500 Miccosukee Road. 7–10 p.m. (850) 224-6917,

Feb. 22–Mar. 3

‘Spring Awakening’ FSU Theatre will be presenting the eight-time Tony Award winning play that explores turning from an adolescent to an adult. This rock musical is sure to touch your heart. $20 adults, $18 seniors, $10 students. The Fallon Theatre, 560 W. Call St., Fine Arts Building, FSU. (850) 664-6500,

Feb. 23

7th Annual Fast Cars and Mason Jars The Tree House of Tallahassee’s annual Southern Sampler event is sure to wow the crowd with cocktails, dinner, silent and live auctions, and an after-party. Funds raised support Tree House, a local 24-hour emergency shelter for children. The Farm Equestrian Center, 4300 N. Meridian Road. 5:30 p.m.

Feb. 23

Mardi Gras Ball Grab those beads and get ready for some spicy jambalaya! Stubbs Educational Foundation is hosting this annual gala to support local music scholarships. Plan to dance, eat and enjoy a night like no other. $53.74 per ticket. Tallahassee Automobile Museum, 6800 Mahan Drive. 6–10 p.m. (850) 893-8782,

Feb. 23

North Florida Travel Expo If you’re ready for adventure, you’ll find all the travel professionals in one place during the expo, which also includes live entertainment, international flavors and shopping. Highlights of the show include chances to win trips and other door prizes. FREE. University Center Club 5th floor, FSU Campus. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. (850) 590-2277,

Feb. 25

Bridal Boutique Show She said yes! Now what? The Tallahassee Association of Wedding Professionals will be showcasing the latest wedding trends at this event. $15 brides, $5 guests. The Retreat at Bradley’s Pond, 5:30 p.m. for VIP pre-registered brides and guests and 6–8 p.m. for the show. For more information and to register, visit

Feb. 26

TYO Benefit Concert Tallahassee Youth Orchestra, a concert to support the organization that has provided orchestral experience for young musicians for 23 years. $XXX. Ruby Diamond Concert Hall, Westcott Building, FSU Campus. 7–9 p.m. Call Ryan Scherber at (850) 224-8966.

Through Apr. 30

Artistic Representations of Florida Throughout 500 Years The work of Lucrezia Bieler, Xavier Cortada, Christopher Still and Hermann Trappman will be shown at the Capitol this winter and spring. See an assortment of 17th century engravings by Theodor de Bry and an olive jar from the Columbus family crypt in Seville. FREE. 22nd Floor Capitol Gallery, 400 S. Monroe St. 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. (850) 245-6490, n 132 January–February 2013



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Tallahassee Magazine presents its 3rd Annual Top Salon of Tallahassee event


FEBRUARY 23, 2013 | 6PM AT THE UNIVERSITY CENTER CLUB Thank you for your nominations! Eleven of the area’s most popular salons have been selected to compete for the title of Tallahassee’s Top Salon! Now the competition begins. Competing salons will make over a model, and the transformations will be unveiled in a runway show. The salons are featured on the following three pages. A panel of judges and all attendees will cast votes to determine the Top Salon of Tallahassee. Tallahassee’s Top Salon wins an advertising campaign developed by Rowland Publishing and a year-long ad campaign in Tallahassee Magazine. Plus, a portion of the proceeds will benefit the winner’s charity of choice. Tickets are $50 and include one drink coupon, heavy hors d’oeuvres and automatic entry to win a luxurious beach getaway at a Resort Quest Vacation Rentals by Wyndham property and complimentary use of a BMW convertible from Capital Eurocars to drive there in style.


Come ready to bid on this year’s live and silent auction items. There will be something for everyone!

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2013 Top Salon

Model makeovers revealed on February 23 at The University Center Club. To purchase your tickets visit Photos by Ashley Nelson

Ardan’s Salon Model: Anna Osborne Charity: Kidz 1st Fund — Jimbo and Candi Fisher

Athena Salon & Spa Model: Courtney Schoen Charity: Lighthouse of the Big Bend

Cabello’s Hair & Nail Studio Model: Lisa Kraemer Charity: Children’s Miracle Network

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2013 Top Salon

Fuel A Salon Model: Elena Stofle Charity: Thank a Soldier Organization of FSU

Haute Headz Salon Model: Erin Petscher Charity: Cards for a Cure

Impressions Model: Nieci Davis Charity: Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Home Society of Florida

JS Hair Lounge Model: Laura Freeman Charity: Brain and Behavior Research Foundation

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2013 Top Salon

Model makeovers revealed on February 23 at The University Center Club. To purchase your tickets visit Photos by Ashley Nelson

Millennium Nail & Day Spa Model: Katie Stringer Charity: The Chelsea House

So Pure Salon & Spa Model: Tamara Smith Charity: Ronald McDonald House

Styles of Elegance Model: Laura Verges Charity: American Cancer Society Januaryâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;February 2013


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With more than 20 events lined up, there’s something for every cultural taste during Seven Days of Opening Nights, including performances by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band (above), the Actor’s Gang troupe in “Tartuffe” (right), Wynton Marsalis (far right) and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra (facing page).

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Seven Déjà vu Popular Performers from Festivals Past Return for a Seven Days of Opening Nights Encore By Elizabeth Kossakowski


Combining jazz, bluegrass and folk in ways

that excite music lovers, the Carolina Chocolate Drops played for a full house at Ruby Diamond Concert Hall — and they were an instant hit at 2012’s Seven Days of Opening Nights. “People just loved them, they were fantastic,” says Chris Heacox, the new executive director of Florida State University’s annual performingarts festival. “A lot of people like that new kind of ‘newgrass’ bluegrass. They are the hot young group that’s doing that,” says Heacox. For Seven Days 2013, The Carolina Chocolate Drops are returning for an encore performance, so those who missed the sold-out performance have a chance to hear their unique sound. They aren’t the only artists returning to Tallahassee for 2013. Seven Days is bringing

five other acts back from the past to celebrate its 15th year. Some are perennial festival favorites. The PRISM concert has been a part of Seven Days since 2005. Student ensembles from various FSU band programs will once again unite for a fast-tempo performance that’s full of musical surprises. Geoffrey Gilmore first began showing independent films at the festival in 2008. His selection never disappoints and is always a well-kept secret until the event. Tribeca Enterprises’ chief creative officer will present his fifth installment of “A Movie You Haven’t Seen” this season. FSU School of Music professor and international jazz pianist Marcus Roberts usually performs at Seven Days as well. Roberts, whom

Heacox calls a “Tallahassee treasure,” will present the music of iconic Jelly Roll Morton for his 2013 performance. Others are blasts from the past. It’s been six years since Anthony Zerbe performed at Seven Days. The Grammy-winning actor on Broadway and the big screen is back this year to perform the work of e. e. cummings. Like the Drops, Zakir Hussain made his festival debut last year. A leader in the world music movement and master of the tabla, Hussain is joined this season by santoor guru and fellow music legend Shivkumar Sharma. Heacox explains that Seven Days brought Hussain back, not only to perform, but also to connect with students. “This was an opportunity to bring him back January–February 2013


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»culture THE ARTS Events To purchase tickets, visit tickets. or call the ticket office at (850) 644-6500. Student tickets, available for purchase with a valid FSU student ID, are $10 unless otherwise noted. Saturday, Jan. 19 Anthony Zerbe: It’s All Done With Mirrors 8 p.m. The poetry and prose of e. e. cummings. Richard G. Fallon Theatre, FSU. $25 Wednesday, Jan. 23 Richard Thompson 7 p.m. The guitar virtuoso performs. Ruby Diamond Concert Hall, FSU. $30–$50 Thursday, Feb. 7 Hilary Hahn 7:30 p.m. Several pieces from the violinist’s latest project. Ruby Diamond Concert Hall, FSU. $30–$60 Friday, Feb. 8 FSU Museum of Fine Arts 6 p.m. Three unique exhibitions. FSU, Museum of Fine Arts. FREE Friday, Feb. 8 Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra 7:30 p.m. A night of jazz. Ruby Diamond Concert Hall, FSU. $30–$75

to go into our K–12 school here as well as doing some more outreach for our university students,” he says. Education has always been an important part of Seven Days: Some artists perform for school-age students or give master classes at FSU. As an alumnus and a former music student at the university, the new director knows the impact these programs can have. “That experience, not only in music, but in theater and film and dance and all artistic aspects, is invaluable for students that want to make a career out of this,” Heacox says. In addition, Seven Days will feature 16 other performances and events. Most are being held Feb. 7–25, but there are also outliers in January, March and April too. Headliner Bernadette Peters makes her festival debut this season. The musical theatre star and “Grey’s Anatomy” actress will perform a selection of her favorite songs. Families will enjoy the Saturday Matinee of the Arts, an annual event that combines performances from local artists with arts and crafts activities. Best of all, it’s completely free. n


Saturday, Feb. 9 Saturday Matinee of the Arts 10 a.m. A family event that includes local performers and arts and crafts. Tallahassee Museum. FREE Saturday, Feb. 9 PRISM 7:30 p.m. FSU band students converge for one powerful punch. Ruby Diamond Concert Hall, FSU. $30

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Sunday, Feb. 10 Cheryl Strayed 7:30 p.m. New York Times bestselling author speaks about her books. Ruby Diamond Concert Hall, FSU. $20

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Monday, Feb. 11 The Chieftains 7:30 p.m. The band celebrates their 50th year of traditional Irish music. Ruby Diamond Concert Hall, FSU. $35–$75 Tuesday, Feb. 12 Actors Gang: Tartuffe 8 p.m. The ensemble presents an adaptation of this famous French play. Fred Turner Auditorium, TCC. $25



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»culture THE ARTS Wednesday, Feb. 13 American Legacies: The Preservation Hall Jazz Band & the Del McCoury Band 7:30 p.m. Jazz and bluegrass unite for a concert of epic proportions. Ruby Diamond Concert Hall, FSU. $30–$60 Thursday, Feb. 14 Kyle Abraham: Abraham.In.Motion/ World Premiere Tour 8 p.m. Dancer/choreographer Abraham presents his latest work. Nancy Smith Dance Theatre, FSU. $25 creole choir of cuba

Saturday–Sunday, Feb. 16–17 Sérgio & Odair Assad 2 p.m. Brothers and guitar legends perform “La Belle Vie!” Pebble Hill Plantation. SOLD OUT Opperman Music Hall, FSU. $30

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Saturday, Feb. 16 Carolina Chocolate Drops 7:30 p.m. Ruby Diamond Concert Hall, FSU. $25–$50

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Sunday. Feb. 17 Marcus Roberts Octet: New Orleans Celebration: The Music of Jelly Roll Morton 7:30 p.m. Ruby Diamond Concert Hall, FSU. $25–$50

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Tuesday and Thursday, Mar. 5 and 7 Second City Touring Company: Laughing Matters 8 p.m. The best of 50 years of comedy. Richard G. Fallon Theatre, FSU. $30 Tuesday SOLD OUT Saturday, Mar. 23 John Williams & John Etheridge 8 p.m. A collaboration of classical and jazz guitar legends. Opperman Music Hall, FSU. $40

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Monday, Feb. 25 Creole Choir of Cuba 7:30 p.m. A musical celebration of Cuban and Haitian culture. Ruby Diamond Concert Hall, FSU. $25–$35

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Wednesday, Apr. 10 Zakir Hussain & Shivkumar Sharma 7:30 p.m. Ruby Diamond Concert Hall, FSU. $25–$50

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Monday, Feb. 18 Geoffrey Gilmore: A Movie You Haven’t Seen VI 8 p.m. Student Life Cinema, FSU $30, no student pricing

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Friday, Feb. 15 Bernadette Peters 7:30 p.m. A selection of her favorite songs. Ruby Diamond Concert Hall, FSU. $60–$95, $40 students

January / February 2013

TMH and UF&Shands Formalize Cancer Affiliation Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare and UF&Shands, the University of Florida Academic Health Center, have entered into an affiliation agreement to expand cancer care options for patients in the Big Bend region. “As one of the national leaders in cancer care, UF&Shands is an ideal partner for expanding Tallahassee Memorial’s oncology offerings,” said Mark O’Bryant, President and Chief Executive Officer of TMH. “This agreement formalizes an informal referral and support system that’s been in place by putting resources behind that relationship that will allow for things like teleconferencing and face-to-face consultations for patients,” added Tim Goldfarb, Chief Executive Officer of Shands HealthCare. “TMH patients will travel to Shands for specialized treatments, such as bone marrow transplants, while still receiving most of their care at TMH. They will move seamlessly from Tallahassee to Gainesville and back to Tallahassee, participating in a single system.”

The freestanding Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center opened in January 2011, offering the region’s most technologically advanced radiation therapy treatments. During 2012, the facility expanded to its second story and added a spacious chemotherapy infusion area and new exam areas for Outpatient Infusion and the offices of TMH Physician Partners Cancer & Hematology Specialists, which were previously located within Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. In addition to making more services available in a single location, the new space allowed TMH to welcome a number of new oncologists and a hematologist who joined the excellent veteran team of radiation and medical oncologists serving Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center patients. All inpatient cancer care remains in the hospital on the seventh floor Angie C. Deeb Cancer Unit, where patients and their families benefit from the multi-million-dollar facility renovation and technology advancements that occurred in 2008-2009.

Further, UF&Shands faculty will be able to enroll TMH patients in clinical trails. “This is excellent for TMH patients since distance has discouraged many from enrolling in trials”, said Tim Broeseker, M.D., oncologist and hematologist at TMH and the chair of the TMH Cancer Committee. “This will enhance our ability to access tumor boards and conferences and will strengthen our ability to collaborate while continuing to provide state-of-the-art care with the majority of that care right here in the Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center.” The short list of benefits emerging from the TMH and UF&Shands combine are: Sharing of expertise and development of best practices to improve clinical quality and patient safety, increased access to UF’s oncology-related clinical trails, along with a focus on innovation, education and collaboration between cancer research teams and educators to benefit scientists, medical staffs and physicians-in-training and development of a collaborative physician model for the TMH cancer program.

Matt Sherer, Administrator, Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center James Killius, M.D., Chair of the Medical Staff Executive Committee, Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare Laurie Dozier, Chair of the Board of Directors, Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare Mark O‚Bryant, President & CEO, Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare Kevin Behrns, M.D., the Edward R. Woodward Professor of Surgery & Chair, Department of Surgery, University of Florida College of Medicine Marvin Dewar, M.D., J.D., Chief Executive Officer, University of Florida Physicians and Senior Associate Dean, University of Florida College of Medicine Tim Goldfarb, Chief Executive Officer, Shands HealthCare Tim Broeseker, M.D., TMH Cancer & Hematology Specialists (at podium) January–February 2013


Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare and its Foundation Salute the 2012 Cards for a Cure Sponsors Donors,Volunteers and Committee

Jean-Paul Tran, M.D. & Gina Tran

Anesthesiology Associates of Tallahassee AstraZeneca Ausley McMullen BB&T Nicholas Belletto, D.C. University Family Chiropractic Benson’s Heating & Air Amy Besse Shelby Blank, M.D. and David Burday, M.D. Janet Borneman Andrew Borom, M.D. Travis Brock – BrockMed Cal Brooks Jay and Kathy Brooks James and Shannon Caldwell, American Karate Studios Cancer & Hematology Specialists Darcy Cavell Nan Cherry Bennett Chesser Sam and Vickie Childers Amy Cooksey Marie Cowart Jim and Kathy Dahl Charles and Sharon Dailey

Frances Davis Wilson and Brittany Dean Chase and Michelle Dickson Chollet Dunbar Dale and Prissy Elrod Florida Surplus Lines – Dale Pullen Forms Management Incorporated Paula Fortunas FSU College of Visual Arts, Theatre and Dance Judy Griffin and Lora Vitali Missy Gunnels Flowers Jimmy and Josie Gustafson Brian and Tori Haley Hands of Hope Sarah Nan Haney Christy Harrison Franklin and Ann Hatcher Haute Headz Woody Hayes Healthy Solutions Hill Spooner & Elliott, Inc. Hotel Duval Roland Jones, M.D. and Lynn Jones, M.D. Katie’s Cakes and Catering Amy Kelly Mike and Nicole Koski Mac Langston Steffany Lendon and Family Judy Lewis, Ralph and Dot Chambers Katy Sue Lewis Steve Lewis Linens by Sharon Tara and Donald Loucks, M.D. Mainline Information Systems Mark Marple

Sharon Mclin Jimmy and Coleen Minor Chuck and Patty Mitchell Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Andrew and Shelileah Newman, M.D. North Florida Women’s Care Jason and Christy Oberste Phi Theta Kappa Allen and Michelle Pullam Mara and Christopher Rumana, M.D. Karen and Philip Sharp, M.D. Bo and Laurie Shelfer Matt and Nita Sherer Sigma Alpha Lambda Abby Smith Stoutamire Pavlik Insurance JoAnne Suggs Summit Group SunTrust Syn-Tech Systems Tallahassee Community College Division of Healthcare Professions –Nursing Program Tallahassee Neurological Clinic Tallahassee Woman Magazine Team 1 Orthopaedics, Inc. Top Hat Limo and Sedan Service Jay and Amy Townley United Solutions Vegas Nights Nicole Walker Timothy and Merry Lynne Warfel Sally and Dale Wickstrum, M.D. Blair and Nancy Williams Ben and Tricia Willis Tony and Gwen Worlds

A Special Tribute of Thanks

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Tille Allen, a “Philanthropist in Every Sense of the Word,” Recognized as 2012 Philanthropist of the Year — National Philanthropy Day Tillie Allen was honored as the 2012 Philanthropist of the Year by the Big Bend Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) at November’s National Philanthropy Day luncheon. Mrs. Allen was nominated for the award by the Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare Foundation in recognition of her philanthropic support of Tallahassee Memorial and numerous other charitable organizations including, but not limited to, the First Baptist Church, Southern Scholarship Foundation, Big Bend Hospice, the Community Foundation of North Florida, Florida State University’s College of Business, College of Medicine and Seminole Boosters. “Mrs. Allen is a philanthropist in every sense of the word. She seeks the ‘greater good’ by giving of herself as an inspirational volunteer and by contributing financially to those causes and charities she holds dear”, noted Paula Fortunas, President and Chief Executive Officer of the TMH Photography courtesy of Michael Jernigan – Portrait Sculptures

Foundation, as she presented Mrs. Allen to the National Philanthropy Day luncheon guests who “packed the house” at the University Center Club Florida State University. In her acceptance response, Mrs. Allen poignantly paid tribute to her late husband, E. C. Allen, “It is because of him that I am proudly standing here to accept this award and it is my sincere hope that our gifts -- both his and mine -- will encourage others to give as they can. After all, it’s all in the giving.” Top honors were also bestowed upon 7-year-old Michael “Mikey” Rubin as Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy, Cumulus Broadcasting, LLC as Outstanding Media Outlet, Tallahassee Sunrise Rotary as Outstanding Volunteer Philanthropic Organization and the following “Heart of Gold” donors and the charities who nominated them: Polly White -- 211 Big Bend; Jean and Al McCully, M.D. -- Big Bend Hospice; William Moncrief -- Elder Care Services; Pam Graham -- FSU College of Social Work; First Commerce Credit Union -- Kid’s Incorporated; Jim Wylie -- Southern Scholarship Foundation; Winnie Schmeling -- TCC Foundation and Linda O’Neall, Kirk Davis,and Elva and Tom Brady -- TMH Foundation. “It is a pleasure to honor these individuals and organizations who are right here in the Big Bend community giving and sharing their ‘time, talent and treasure,’” said Judi Taber, President of the Big Bend Chapter of the AFP. For more than 50 years, AFP has been the international standard bearer for professionalism and ethics in fundraising, working tirelessly to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education and certification programs. Mikey Rubin, Youth in Philanthropy Award recipient, surrounded by Tillie Allen, Philanthropist of the Year, Pamela Doueflik, Sunrise Rotary, Outstanding Philanthropic Organization and Carl Anthony, John Baker, Dot Trotman-Ealy and Tyler Wold of Cumulus Broadcasting, Outstanding Media Outlet

2012 Philanthropist of the Year Tillie Allen with 2011 Philanthropists of the Year Gay and Ron Sachs and TMH Foundation President/CEO Paula Fortunas


2012 Golf Skills Challenge Sponsors and Donors


Benefiting the Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center

SunTrust Bank Kraft Nissan Mellow Mushroom Pizza Tallahassee Democrat

Coosh’s Bayou Rouge Chick-Fil-A Jackson Properties e Tech Services

Eagle Cleaners MCCi Bungo Box

Douglas W. Jennings July 28, 1945 – July 28, 2011 The Steve Rogers Family

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Tallahassee Memorial Heart & Vascular Center

Showcase Tour Honors Patients, Donors and Advocates Features Physicians’ Presentations, Leading-Edge Equipment and Facilities Former patients, donors and advocates of the Tallahassee Memorial Heart & Vascular Center enjoyed a November 2012 “Showcase Tour” of the Center that was highlighted by rich social and professional interactions, a display of donor recognition plaques that will be installed as “naming tributes” in designated locations within the Center, music performed by the TMH Medical Music Therapy team and physicians’ presentations on the revolutionary procedures they perform with leading-edge equipment, in state-of-the-art laboratories and suites. Please see feature article in the November/December 2012 Tallahassee Magazine and TMH Foundation Community Update for a further description of the equipment and facilities. “Heart & Vascular Center and TMH Foundation staff escorted guests in small group tours throughout the Center affording each guest the opportunity to see, hear and learn about both routine and critical testing procedures, along with the preventative and lifesaving procedures that are performed on a daily basis,” said Lisa Mullee, Director of Cardiovascular Services. “Certain pieces of equipment cost several thousands of dollars while the acquisition of other pieces requires millions of dollars with the cost for basic patient room renovation beginning at $10,000,” noted Terri McDonald, Administrator of Cardiovascular Services. “Clearly, the need is great for funds to keep our region’s Heart & Vascular Center state-of-the-art and, consequently, we are most grateful to the TMH Foundation and the sixteen very generous donors who were recognized at the ‘Showcase’ and to those who will donate in the future.” The Heart & Vascular Center and the TMH Foundation have embarked on a focused initiative to secure further contributions -- either outright or

deferred and at any level -- for a variety of specific areas and purposes within the Center. There are multiple naming opportunities available and gifts can be made in honor or in memory of a family member or friend. Please contact Aaron Kinnon, TMH Foundation Director of Development at 850.431.5698 or to discuss your gift plans to benefit the Tallahassee Memorial Heat & Vascular Center. “The TMH Foundation is eager to show you how your name or that of a loved one can become forever associated with the Center’s lifesaving work. Please call on me to arrange your personal tour of the Center,” requested Mr. Kinnon.

Marilyn Cox, M.D. explains procedure to TMH Foundation donor Bill Gunter.

TMH Interim Chief Nursing Officer Barbara Alford with TMH Foundation donors Betty Cole, Charles Nam and Ermine Owenby, TMH Board Member Erin Ennis in background.

Alpha Phi Fraternity, Gamma Phi Chapter at Florida State University Hosts Second Annual Red Dress Gala Tallahassee Memorial Heart & Vascular Center is the Beneficiary “Alpha Phi is an international women’s fraternity that has a sisterhood stretching from coast-to-coast through 158 collegiate campuses and more than 200,000 members. Sisters share a commitment to excellence and a strong desire to help one another and their communities through philanthropy focused on women’s heart health,” said Lauren Wallace, a senior at Florida State University who serves as the Vice President of Marketing for the FSU Gamma Phi Chapter of Alpha Phi and one of the principal organizers of the Red

Dress Gala held during Florida State’s October Parents Weekend. “In harmony with Alpha Phi’s philanthropic mission, this year the Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare Foundation was selected as the recipient of the Red Dress Gala’s charitable proceeds to benefit the Tallahassee Memorial Heart & Vascular Center.” Lisa Mullee, Director of Cardiovascular Services at TMH, coordinated the program with the Gamma Phi Chapter and arranged for Lisa Cox, a heart failure survivor, to be the event’s keynote speaker. Ms. Cox, who was introduced by her cardiologist, Wayne Batchelor, M.D., delivered a compelling address about the importance of receiving immediate treatment when the heart fails and why basic lifesaving skills are an imperative for every citizen. “It could be the person next to you whose life you will save,” asserted Ms. Cox. Over 600 guests attended the Red Dress Gala, each one moved by Ms. Cox’s story and by the women of Alpha Phi who orchestrated the fabulous dinner, program and live auction that raised $14,000 for the Tallahassee Memorial Heart & Vascular Center.

Lisa Cox, heart failure survivor, and Wayne Batchelor, M.D.

Representatives of Alpha Phi Fraternity, Gamma Phi Chapter at FSU. Back row: Molly Gasparini, Becky Brinson (Chapter Advisor), Melanie Kalmanson, Kathleen Trainor, Amanda Paul, Caitlin Pfaff; Front row: Lauren Wallace, Hillary Bowman, Adrianna Campos-Korn, Anna Dower

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“This is just the beginning of a powerful partnership among the Alpha Phi Fraternity, the TMH Foundation and the Tallahassee Memorial Heart & Vascular Center. And, of course, the real winners will be those in the community who benefit from the services of the Heart & Vascular Center and the charitable initiatives of the women the Gamma Phi Chapter of Alpha Phi at FSU,” said Aaron Kinnon, TMH Foundation Director of Development.

Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare and its Foundation Salute and Honor the 19th Annual Tee Off for Tots Golf Tournament/Dinner Carnival & Raffle Donors whose generous support benefited the Proctor Endowment for Children with Diabetes and Pediatric Programs at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare















TOURNAMENT SPONSORS Boys Town North Florida David DeHaven EMC Farmers & Merchants Bank Garcia Hamilton & Associates, L.P. Golden Eagle Country Club Golf Tournament Associates Hilaman Park Municipal Golf Course Killearn Country Club Lina and Dean Knox Nic’s Toggery OM Workspace Pepsi Cola Company Publix Super Markets Charities Southwood Golf Club Summerbrooke Golf Club Tallahassee Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Thistle Asset Consulting Don Veller Seminole Golf Course W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc.


DONATIONS Busch Gardens Cabot Lodge CDW David DeHaven Vickie and Sam Childers Four Points by Sheraton Tallahassee North The Gem Collection Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grille Kevin’s Gun & Sporting Goods Lisa Monda North Florida Animal Hospital Premier Health & Fitness Center Robert’s Jewelry & Design Sea World Smith Family Chiropractic Strauss Gallery Tallahassee Nurseries TMH Gift Shop Walt Disney World Wild Adventures Theme Park Zoo World Panama City Beach


GOLD TEAM Aristoi Childers Construction, Inc. Crothall Services Group Gresham, Smith and Partners Heart Surgery Center Nic’s Toggery Peter Mitchell Associates, Inc. TEAM SPONSORS BB&T/BB&T – Landrum Yaeger Big Bend Hospice Cabling Technologies, Inc. Capital City Bank Capital Health Plan Clemons, Rutherford & Associates, Inc. Comfort Systems-USA Cone Distributing, Inc. Culpepper Construction Company Diversified Investment Advisors General Dynamics Team 1 & 2 Golden Eagle Country Club GTO, Inc. Health Care REIT Healthcare Performance Group Higher Ground Bicycle, Co. Hi-Tech Systems Inspired Technologies, Inc. L. Gary Wright & Associates, LLC




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Special Thanks to our Presenting Sponsor & Sponsor of Automobile

Mad Dog Construction Murphy, Middleton, Hinkle & Parker, Inc. North Florida Women’s Care Pepsi Cola Company Residential Elevators RT Electric, Inc. Southern Medical Group, P.A. Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare Tallahassee Orthopedic Clinic United Healthcare Verizon

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TMH University and the TMH Foundation

Dedicate Classroom to Kirk Davis and Carpet Studio “The TMH University and the TMH Foundation are pleased to dedicate and name the University’s Classroom Number Two as ‘The Kirk Davis Carpet Studio Classroom’ in recognition of Carpet Studio’s generous donation of new flooring for the TMH University building,” proclaimed Marilyn Morales, Director of Service Excellence and Staff Development, at the October dedication ceremony. “Mr. Davis and Carpet Studio have repeatedly stepped up to support TMH and this gift is a further expression of their generosity,” added Judi Taber, TMH Foundation Annual Giving Officer. Mr. Davis explained, “As a part of its community and civic responsibility, Carpet Studio continues to support TMH and the patients it serves throughout the Big Bend. It is very gratifying to work with the TMH Foundation.” TMH University colleagues, TMH administrators and TMH Foundation representatives gather to salute Kirk Davis, owner of Carpet Studio – center back row

Curtains for a Cause to Support Dystonia Research February 14 and February 15, 2013 — 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Florida State University Center Club Ballroom

The Florida State University College of Medicine and Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare join in presenting “the perfect romantic evening” featuring a gourmet meal created and served by the University Center Club’s award-winning chef and staff along with a performance of the longest running Off Broadway musical of all time -- “ I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” a madcap romp through the jungle of dating, romance, love, marriage and kids. Cocktails and the silent auction begin at 6:00 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Between 7:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., there will be brief presentations by those associated with the Brian Jackson Dystonia Research & Discovery Program at the FSU College of Medicine. In commenting on the event’s focus, Brian Jackson, who was diagnosed with Dystonia at age 16, puts the event and its purpose in perspective, “I am deeply committed to helping others with Dystonia. This Valentine’s Day occasion offers a platform for me to share my experience, for all of us to learn more about this crippling disease and for us to move closer to finding a cure.”

Pedaling for Parkinson’s

Join the Fun -Support the Cause February 9, 2013 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Sweat Therapy Fitness 1122 Thomasville Road

In February, Pedaling for Parkinson’s will mark its second year as an indoor fundraising cyclea-thon. The event was founded in 2011 by now third-year FSU College of Medicine student Jillianne Grayson and generated $15,000 for the Tallahassee Memorial NeuroScience Center to support Parkinson’s Research in memory of Samuel Torres, Jillianne’s grandfather. The 2013 Pedaling for Parkinson’s will feature presentations by experts in Parkinson’s and associated activities with students from the Florida State University College of Medicine. There will be food and fun for all as teams of riders take turns on workout bikes at SWEAT THERAPY FITNESS, principal sponsor, continuously spinning for four hours for the Parkinson’s cause. For information about sponsoring a bike and/or recruiting your own team to participate, please contact Judi Taber, TMH Foundation Annual Giving Officer -- judi.taber@tmh. org or 850.431.5904.

By popular request, the Valentine’s Day festivities will be repeated, in their entirety, on the following evening. Tickets for either evening are $100 -- this reflects a $50 charitable contribution and $50 for the meal and gratuity, champagne toast, a rose for each lady and the show. To either obtain tickets or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, please visit or contact Mark Marple, TMH Foundation Major Gifts Officer -- or 850.431.4080.

Protocols for Philanthropy will return in the March-April issue of Tallahassee Magazine. Tallahassee Memorial is exceedingly grateful to you — its community of donors and friends — for the generous outpouring of charitable gifts at the close of 2012. You recognized, and rightfully so, that your gifts are more important now than ever. Thank you for your expressions of confidence in . Paula S. Fortunas, President/CEO, TMH Foundation

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»culture SOCIAL STUDIES Tallahassee Magazine’s Best Of Tallahassee Event Wednesday, November 14, 2012 The area’s best restaurants, shops and service providers came out to be honored as Best of Tallahassee for 2012 during an event at Goodwood Museum & Gardens. Winners picked up their trophies and can display the Best of logo at their business throughout the 2013. // Photos Ashley Nelson

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Dream State Salon/Green Peridot

Turner’s Furniture

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»culture SOCIAL STUDIES Goodwood Jams October 11-14, 2012 The inaugural Goodwood Jams Benefit was a three-day celebration honoring the 100th anniversary of the site through the shared enjoyment of music. All proceeds raised will help support the preservation of the house and grounds as well as educational programs available to the public. // Photos Gabriel Hanway

Tricia Willis, Cassie, Helen and Charlie Conn

Angela O’Bryant

Sheila and Chip Melton Lansing Lewis

Richard Proctor and Stewart Proctor

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Joanna Ward, Clarissa Dunlap, Jennifer Lawson and Krista Campbell

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»culture SOCIAL STUDIES Wish Upon A Star Friday, October 19, 2012 The Children’s Home Society of Florida (CHS) celebrated their mission to grant the wishes of youngsters in need at a casual, fun-filled evening complete with dinner, drinks, live entertainment, and silent and live auctions at Shiloh Farm. // Photos McKenzie Burleigh

Chase and Carrie McNeill

Elizabeth George and Joe Bufkin

Rebekah Smith, Virginia and John Dailey and Tucker Mackie

Kyli Ringeman and Laurel Wolcott

McKenzie Burleigh and Steven Lohbeck

Heather Wilson and Sharon Keri

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»culture SOCIAL STUDIES Ronald McDonald House Stone Crab Festival Friday, October 26, 2012 Just after the season for this seafood delicacy opened, Ronald McDonald House of Tallahassee hosted its 14th Annual Stone Crab Fest at Eagle Hill, WC Dover Farm. All-you-can-eat stone crab claws were the stars of this event, along with a silent auction and live entertainment. The mission of Ronald McDonald House is to provide “comfort and care” for children in medical crisis and their families at a home-away-fromhome.

Joan Varner, Cindi Giralt, Jay Giralt and Curt Varner

Grover McKee and Bradford Lewis

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Walt Monk and Brad Deanada

Joan and Gary Stout

Raymond and Janice Marsh

Elizabeth and Brian Garber, Drew and Stacey Smith, Brian and Jennifer Drawdy

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»culture SOCIAL STUDIES National Parkinson’s Foundation Moving Day Saturday, September 29, 2012 Moving Day at SouthWood was a festival of movement, exercise and healthy living, embracing the importance of movement for people with Parkinson’s disease. The central event was the Walk for Parkinson’s, highlighting families and teams that raised funds from their social circles prior to the event. // PHOTOS Chad Feliciano Marvin’s Movers

The Kallevig Crusaders walking in honor of Grandpa Guy

Team CHP

Narcissus Grand Opening Friday, October 5, 2012 Perennial Best of winner in the women’s clothing and accessories categories, Narcissus invited friends to stop by their new store at the corner of Timberlane Road and Market Street to enjoy a Champagne toast. // PHOTOS Lori Magee Laura Jay, Dixie Folsom, Stephanie Ragans and Pat Boykin

Cameron McMullen, Kim Miller and Maggie Miller

Kelly Green and Charley Murphy

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»culture SOCIAL STUDIES Sweat Therapy, F.U.E.L and Paisley Café Tailgate Monday, October 1, 2012 Patrons had lots of fun learning how to eat and drink “healthy and clean” at tailgates and fall parties with free samples from Sweat Therapy Fitness, F.U.E.L. Nutrition and Paisley Café, as well as taking home a recipe book.

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Doctors Day Celebration Award Dr. Charles Moore presented the 2012 I.B. Harrison, M.D. Humanitarian Award to Dr. James Geissinger. // PHOTO Capital Medical Society

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Brewfest Saturday, November 3, 2012 Once again, the Tallahassee Sunrise Rotary sold out its 6th annual beer, food, and music festival at the Tallahassee Automobile Museum. Patrons were able to sample more than 100 beers and enjoy an evening of festivity — as well as some “Gangnam Style” dancing

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Calling All Pets! …and Their People Saturday, March 2 • 9a.m.–3p.m.

All Pets (and their people) are invited to Tallahassee Magazine’s tenth annual Pets and Their People event. Stop by Proctor Subaru to have a photo taken by Tallahassee Magazine with an opportunity to be featured in the May/June issue!

But that’s not all… There will be treats, demonstrations, giveaways and more from these vendors and others:

Chance to win a pet friendly staycation

Performing K-9 demonstrations

Giving away gifts and prizes

With proceeds going to the Leon County Humane Society

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Holding on-site pet adoptions

»culture SOCIAL STUDIES Belt Buckle Ball Friday, November 2, 2012 It was a beautiful night for a hoedown as the crowd tucked into Southern-style barbecued chicken, pork chops and sides under the stars. There was also live music, funny-money poker, a cornhole tournament and a mechanical bull to add to the fun. Proceeds benefited Shands Hospital for Children, Tallahassee’s Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. // Photos Chuck Simpson

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»culture SOCIAL STUDIES Seeing Red Wine Festival November 3, 2012 The 22nd annual tasting event enticed wine lovers in record numbers who ventured to this Taste of The Beach event to sip wine, nibble treats and hear music — all within the stunning backdrop of lovely Seaside. 

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Leon High School Foundation Founder’s Day November 15, 2012 Leon High School Foundation honored the founders of their organization at the beautiful home of Julie and Everitt Drew. The fundraising group has embarked on a new and ambitious goal for a public high school, to create a $1-million endowment for students and teachers to use in perpetuity. Also honored at the event were past principals Margo Hall (2001–2005) and Rocky Hanna (2005–2012) as well as the new LHS principal, Billy Epting.

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Everett Teague, Linda Teague, Billy Epting and Geni Everett

Bruce Culpepper, Marty Towey, Billy Epting, Margo Hall and Rocky Hanna

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Welcome to The Buzz, Tallahassee Magazine’s column created to share who’s where and what they’re doing. While we try to flit around with all of Tallahassee’s social butterflies, the Buzz can’t be everywhere. Send the skinny on your next soiree to zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

As a “thank you” to all who have supported its work on behalf of companion animals throughout the years, the Leon County Humane Society invited donors and sponsors to a Southern-style Celebration of Compassion, held Oct 6. Frank and Peper Willis welcomed about 200 people to The Barn at the Old Willis Dairy on Centerville Road. With the help of many sponsors, and the exceptional creativity of chair Tracey Van Hook, the grounds were transformed into a party venue, featuring food stations, signature drinks and sweet treats under the enormous oak tree from The Cake Shop and Lofty Pursuits and the bluegrass sounds of Blue & Lonesome. Loving on some foster kittens and puppies who made an appearance at the event were Dana and Bob Brilliante, Dora Hittinger and John Austin, Daryl Green, Martin and Susan Proctor, Rick Kearney and his son, Josh, and Cindy Owen Briley. Local veterinarians were generous sponsors of the event, including Mitch and Malee Potter, new owners of Allied Veterinary Emergency Hosptial; Kevin and Lauren Brumfield, owner of Northwood Animal Hospital and The Animal Hospital & Pet Resort at SouthWood; and Lynn and Hallie Hagood, with North Florida Animal Hospital. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Power of the Purse (POP), United Way of the Big Bend’s women’s leadership initiative, kicked off its 2012–2013 year with a fun “Cupcakes and Beer” fundraiser on Oct. 10 at the home of Susie Busch-Transou.   This event featured a variety of beers provided by Tri-Eagle Sales and sampled beer-infused treats. Artistic Confections, Katie’s Cakes & Catering in Havana, Tasty Pastry Bakery and Lucy & Leo’s created and donated unique treats to the event, January–February 2013





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»culture THE BUZZ including sweets such as dark chocolate Kona Pipeline Porter cupcake with pumpkin chai cream cheese frosting, hummingbird cake infused with Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat beer and a margarita cupcake using Bud Light Lime-a-rita. This event wasn’t just about cupcakes and beer — women also opened their hearts and their pocketbooks, donating $5,000 to POP’s early literacy work. Proceeds from the event will help begin work for POP’s READ UNITED program. The goal is to purchase 5,000 books this year said Brooke Hallock, the 2012–13 Chair of POP.  Those enjoying the tasty evening included Allison Tant Richard, Liz Thomas, Stephanie Derzypolski, Amity Gay, Sophie Patent Smith, Deanna Samaha, Kim Kelling, Jennie Schnitker, Nan O’Kelley, Patricia Greene, Mia McKown, Liz Hirst, Jeanette Will Yaeger, Kristen Black and Jennifer Jennings Carter. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Dr. Russell Rainey threw himself a grand party Oct. 19 at his Seventh Avenue offices to celebrate his 25 years practicing dentistry and to welcome Dr. David Cardman to the dental team. On hand to help fete the good doctor were Joe and Sue Boyd and Rob Boyd, Les and Jacque Clemmons, Dr. and Mrs. Baxter Byerly, Dr. Tyler Baldock, Nancy and Bill Thompson, and Hank and Nancy Williams. Enjoying fried seafood from the Seinyard and scrumptious hors d’oeuvres from Black Fig were Jamie Ledo, Col. Don Pickett, Roger and Jan Kaufman, Dr. and Mrs. Jim Davis, Dr. and Mrs. Jay Walton, Flecia Braswell, Fred McCord, Joyce Phipps, Allen Long and Bryan and Beth Desloge. Also on hand were Velma Proctor, Brad Mitchell, Elizabeth Gwynn and Sherman Rosier. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

A good time was had by all at the annual Tall Timbers Open House, held Oct. 14. On hand for the event were Kim Sash and Pierson Hill, Kevin McGorty, Shane and Nia Wellendorf and Lane and Susan Green.



Friends, family, local leaders and the media were invited for a night-before-opening preview of Midtown’s The Front Porch restaurant on Oct. 29. The city had been hotly anticipating the opening of the restaurant, which rose in the footprint of Chez Pierre. An army of servers passed hors d’oeuvres and kept wine glasses full as guests toured the main floor, the second-level meeting rooms and finished up with a rare peek into the kitchen of Executive Chef Joe Rego. The restaurant’s modern Cape Cod look was designed by Catherine Baker of SheltonDean Designs, who was also responsible for the unique look of Hotel Duval. But while the hotel reads dark and retro, The Front Porch features a palette of pale, washed-out blues and greys that suggest summer at the shore. The restaurant’s eponymous porch is huge, and in the middle sits a huge polished concrete-topped bar ably manned by veteran bartenders Carlos Veigas and David English. Local hospitality favorite Lee Satterfield is also part of the restaurant’s team. Local politicos on hand included Tallahassee Mayor John Marks and commissioners Andrew Gillum, Nancy Miller and Gil Ziffer as well as county commissioners Kristin Dozier and

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»culture THE BUZZ Bryan Desloge, who was joined by his wife, Beth, and their newly minted attorney daughter, Elizabeth. The Fourth Estate was represented by the Tallahassee Democrat’s “girl about town,” Elizabeth Mack and Doug Blackburn, WFSU’s Tom Flanigan, radio host “Captain Chuck” Simpson, Tallahassee Magazine Publisher Brian Rowland and WCTV anchor Gina Pitisci. Also spotted were Dewitt and Kathy Miller, Tom and Stephanie Derzypolski, Jim and Annette Kittrell, Becky Smith, Glenn Swann, Lee and Terry Daniel, Katie Kole, Ian Harnden, Scott and Sha Maddox, Adam Corey and Jim and Pam Pafford. The following day, owners Chad Kittrell, John McNeill and Frank Whitle, and managing partners Marc Bauer and Chris Clark, cut the ribbon and the restaurant was open for business.

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The first Goodwood Jams fundraiser on Friday, Oct. 12 was a smashing success. Entertaining under the stars were musical guests the North Mississippi Allstars and Tishamingo. Spotted in the crowd were chair Cissy Proctor and her husband, Stewart, Ben and Tricia Willis, Betty and Julian Proctor, Tim and Carol Edmond, Dr. Spencer Stoetzel, Jimmy and Josie Gustafson, Dr. Kathryn Langston, JT Burnette and Kim Rivers, and Kathy and Jim Dahl. The festivities didn’t compete with FSU gameday, but continued with a Sunday Fun Day under the oaks, with entertainment provided by The Wild Turkeys. Enjoying the beautiful day were Lorrane Ausley and Bill Holliman, Marvin and Gingir Andrews, Brittany and Wilson Dean, Shanna Williford and Glen Ray. Laurie Dozier was there with the ladies in his life, wife Kelly and daughter Kristen, who used the occasion to celebrate their birthdays. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Among those enjoying the Ability 1st fundraiser at Florida State University’s Alumni Center were Mart Hill, John and Kelly Pettit and Kira Pettit. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Those of us who are of a “certain age” and grew up in Tallahassee will remember The Chaotics, a favorite band at Leon High School events in the ’60s. Playing up a storm for a Halloween dance were Fred Andrews, Bill and Lissa Moon, Richard Bevis, Jimmy Graham and Jimbo St. John. Dancing the night away were Wayne and Susan Andrews, Frank and Sherry Andrews, Donna Godwin, Nena Daws, Bonnie Bevis, Bonnie Andrews, Paul and Mollie Hill and Linda Palmer. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Sept. 29 was Moving Day, a walk to support the National Parkinson Foundation North Florida Chapter. Among the teams that raised money were Marvin’s Movers, celebrating Marvin Andrews. On hand at the SouthWood event were Nan Nagy, Darcy Cavell, Anne Jolley Byrd, Krista Stephens, Sandy Watts and Jen Taylor.

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Nashville recording artist Ty Herndon and Tallahassee favorite King Cotton “westernized” the Goodwood Carriage House for Living Well in Your Boots, a fundraiser to support the foundation started by Joanna Francis to help breast cancer patients with living expenses. Those who attended included Ginger and Jerome Cox, Steve and Jennifer Schafer, Dan and Genna Wilcox, Hettie Spooner, Lindsay Elliott and Anne and Hans Schroeder. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Bob and Marcia Thornberry hosted one of the first holiday gatherings of the season Nov. 7 at their lovely home deep in Betton Hills for the Board of Trustees and the Foundation Board of Tallahassee Community College. Among those attending were Marshall Cassedy, Jr., Wayne and Betty Edwards, Dana Callen, Pat and Jane Dallet, Pam Butler, Jimmy and Donna Callaway, Allison DeFoor, Randy Guemple, TCC President Jim Murdaugh and his wife Sara, Frank and Quincee Messersmith, Joe and Mary Pankowski, Mike and Patricia Illers, Brooks and Almena Pettit, Brian and Cherie Rowland, Rick and Michele Shapley, Curtis Richardson, David and Winnie Schmeling, Gayle Swedmark and Kevin and Brenda Vaughn. Staffers on hand included Robin Johnston, Ranie Thompson, Kendrah Richards, Bev Reynolds, Ysonde Jensen and Lori Smith. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

A tough and tasty competition took center stage off the field at Doak Campbell Stadium the morning of the Share a Little Sunshine Showdown game between the Florida State Seminoles and University of Florida Gators. VISIT FLORIDA, the Florida Department of Agriculture and the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association hosted the Ultimate Tailgate hamburger cook-off and party, giving students from both schools a chance to strut their culinary stuff in front of world-renowned chef Emeril Lagasse and an audience of Seminole and Gator fans. As the student teams prepared their burgers, Lagasse, who was taping a TV show, interviewed Candi Fisher about her tailgate menu and talked football with former Gator quarterback Chris Leak, who knows a thing or two about winning a national championship after leading his team to the top in the 2007. In between takes and segments, Gator and ’Noles fans, including state Rep. Bryan Nelson from Apopka, Leon County Commissioner Bryan Desloge, VISIT FLORIDA’s President/ CEO Will Seccombe, Lee Daniel of Visit Tallahassee and his wife Terry, the director of sales at Aloft Hotel in Tallahassee, Hotel Duval’s General Manager Marc Bauer and his wife Pam, and FRLA president Carol Dover mingled and munched on Andy Reiss’s perfectly themed food, such as fried gator tail, ’Noles beef sliders and Sunshine Showdown pork sandwiches. Judge Josefina Tamayo, a huge fan of Emeril shows and cookbooks, thought the gator tails were delicious, but declared the corn chowder “out of this world.” Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam reminded the fans that much of the food they were eating was grown right here in Florida. By noon, the heat was on, literally and figuratively. Fans cheered wildly as the judges tasted the burgers from each school. ’Noles fan Joe Rego, executive chef from Tallahassee’s newest

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»culture THE BUZZ restaurant, The Front Porch, and a culinary competition winner himself on the Food Network’s “Chopped” reality TV show, was on hand as one of the judges. A split decision forced Lagasse to pick the winning burger himself and he awarded the Gator team the Ultimate Tailgate Burger trophy, foreshadowing the coming competition on the football field. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Local celebrities put on their boogie shoes Nov. 10 to raise nearly $50,000 for the local chapter of the American Lung Association at the fifth annual Oxygen Ball. A crowd of 275 filled the University Center Club to watch routines that paired the “local stars” with professional partners from Fred Astaire Dance Studio. The Judges’ Award winner was Bert Pope, who partnered with Leslie Reithmiller and hammed it up during a lively salsa. The normally low-key City Commissioner Nancy Miller dazzled the audience with a routine that included her sliding across the dance floor and being lifted and spun by partner Daniel Foxworth. She was presented with the Fan Favorite award, after raising $9,000 worth of “votes.” Others cutting the proverbial rug were Dr. Mignon Emenike, with dancing partner Alex Medina; John Gandy doing the hustle in vintage polyester with Stephanie Hafer; and Elizabeth Mack, dancing with David Feliciano. Judges included Mike and Dena Dill of Fred Astaire, Brian Cook, chief executive officer of presenting sponsor Capital Regional Medical Center, and Rosanne Dunkelberger, Tallahassee Magazine editor and a celebrity participant two years ago. Keeping the night lively were emcees City Commissioner (and last year’s Dancing with the Local Stars winner) Gil Ziffer and his lovely wife, Gail Stansberry-Ziffer. Attendees could choose from 85 silent auction packages, and Malcolm Mason of Manor Auctions revved up the crowd with live auction items including a VIP experience from the Miami Marlins and tickets to the FSU/UF game. Also on hand were Natalie Cook, Dr. Uchenna Emenike, Shawn Hafer, Tim and Rene Bolek, Christine Thurman and Lt. Col. John DeVillez, Dr. Cory and Betsy Couch, Steve and Patty Ghazvini, Dr. and Mrs. Amer Rassam, Molly Kellogg and Brian Schmauch, Debbie Lightsey, Kristen Hensley and Patrick and Malissa Henning. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Local jewelry artist Quincie Hamby turned her Midtown business’ holiday preview party Oct. 15 into a fundraiser for the Tallahassee animal shelter. Patrons were greeted by adoptable dogs from the shelter and were invited to purchase dog dishes made by local artists. Young artist Andie Baggett donated an animal portrait to the cause. Hamby was also showcasing abstracts by South Florida artist Larry Tobe, who was there along with his daughter, Lynn Palmer, and son, John Tobe. The hostess served guests, including Susan Baldino, Portia Thomas and Donna Tornillo, fresh organic green appletinis and gluten-free chocolate cupcakes with a secret ingredient to make them sweeter (OK, not so secret. It was grated raw beets!) Also on hand making their wish lists were Karen Woodall, Millie Smith, Bonnie Holub, Tirzah Conrad, Kate MacFall, Joan Helms and Barbara DeVane. n

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From the Tuscan Sun to Tallahassee

Author Frances Mayes’ Visit Viewed as a ‘Homecoming’ By Audrey Post

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riter Frances Mayes, whose life in Tuscany over the past 20 years has fueled a trilogy of memoirs, a movie, two photos-and-text books, a line of home furnishings and, most recently, a cookbook, is coming to Tallahassee the first weekend in February for a pair of fundraising events at Goodwood Museum and Gardens. Although the author of “Under the Tuscan Sun,” “Bella Tuscany” and “Every Day in Tuscany” divides her time between homes in Hillsborough, N.C., and Italy, she is no stranger to this part of the world. She’s a native of Fitzgerald, Ga., a couple of hours northeast of Tallahassee, and she got her bachelor’s degree at the University of Florida, after attending a women’s college in Virginia for two years. “I’ve written about the similarities between where I grew up and Tuscany. There are many, and not least is my feeling for la casa aperta, the open house,” Mayes said. “How wonderful to be able to live inside and outside, to dine outdoors many, many days of the year and to feel at home in nature. That open house idea also connects to the sense of hospitality still so prevalent in the South.” Andy McLeod, Goodwood’s executive director, sees Mayes’ visit as a chance to reinforce those connections. “With her roots in the area, we see this as a bit of a homecoming and we’re very pleased to welcome Frances Mayes ‘home’ to Tallahassee. It’s a chance for people in our region to benefit from her experience with fine food, with Italy and with the literary world.” It’s also good for Goodwood, the historic home built in the 1840s whose grounds, maintained circa 1900, provide an urban oasis just minutes from downtown Cooking and eating Tallahassee. Although the property evokes the wealth Tuscan-style meals and elegance of Goodwood’s heydays, its financial like this hearty chicken health is far from robust, and Mayes’ visit is expected dish (see recipe, page to be a major fundraiser. Her experiences dovetail 178) can be a pleasure nicely with Goodwood’s mission of education and for all the senses, says historic preservation; she and her husband restored author Frances Mayes. January–February 2013


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Bramasole, a 200-year-old villa in Tuscany, and they just moved into a house built in 1806 with extensive gardens that “need revision.” “All my books about living in Tuscany focus on gardens,” Mayes said. “I love visiting gardens and also writing about them. In my book, ‘A Year in the World,’ I write about a grand trip I took around the gardens in England, Wales and Scotland. I’m very interested in seeing Goodwood.” Mayes’ visit had its genesis in the travels of another gardener/foodie/lover of historic homes, Rose Rodriguez, the information services manager at Tall Timbers Research Station & Land Conservancy. Rodriguez read the Tuscan trilogy before and during a vacation in Italy in 2011. She recognized the connections and emailed the address listed on Mayes’ blog to inquire about the possibility of a visit. It took a series of emails with Mayes and her agent over several months, but ultimately Goodwood was added as a stop on her tour to promote her latest book, “The Tuscan Sun Cookbook: Recipes From Our Italian Kitchen,” co-authored by her husband, Edward Mayes. “We’ve been fortunate to cook with Tuscan friends all these years and to pull up our chairs at their tables. We just wanted to share the bounty,” Mayes said. “I love Thai, Mexican, French, Portuguese food, but for day-to-day eating pleasure, I find the Tuscan food is my favorite.” A collection of her favorite Tuscan recipes, the cookbook includes Tuscan ribs, which she said she frequently makes for guests. She recommends the roasted veal shank for holiday feasts. Locale notwithstanding, what’s her favorite food? “I’m a true-blue Southerner and love the fresh, luscious taste of melons. When the weather is hot, there’s nothing better.” Mayes grew up at what she calls “an abundant table. Everyone was talking about the next meal as they ate the one in front of them.” Things aren’t so different in Italy, she said, where food is the culture. She shared the Tuscan expression mangia bene, stare bene, which translates to “eat well, be well.” “It’s fun to make a joyful noise in the kitchen — music, pots rattling, good talk, the cork popping open,” she said. “I hope that the ease and pleasure of the Italian kitchen reflect from the pages.” n

Frances Mayes and her husband, Edward Mayes, collaborated on “The Tuscan Sun Cookbook,” which celebrates the food and customs of the Italian region where they live part time.

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From Garden to Table: A Journey with Frances Mayes

Recipes from ‘The Tuscan Sun Cookbook’ Chicken with Artichokes, Sun–Dried Tomatoes and Chickpeas (serves 6) » 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil » 1 yellow onion, chopped

artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, thyme and olives. Spread the combined vegetables over the chicken and bake, covered, for 30 to 40 minutes, depending on the size of the pieces, turning the chicken once. Serve right from the pot or transfer to a platter.

» 3 chicken breasts, halved, skin on

Pea and Shallot Bruschette or Crostini

» 1 teaspoon salt

» 4 shallots, minced

» ½ teaspoon pepper

» 2 cups peas, shelled

» ½ cup red wine

» 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

» ¼ cup chopped flat-leaf parsley

» 3 tablespoons chopped mint

» 2 cups cooked chickpeas

» 2 tablespoons mascarpone

» 2 14-ounce cans water-packed artichoke hearts, drained

» ¼ teaspoon salt

»½  cup sun-dried tomatoes, slivered, or 1 cup sliced

» ¼ teaspoon pepper

oven-roasted tomatoes »¼  cup fresh thyme or fresh marjoram leaves or

2 tablespoons dried »½  cup black or green olives, pitted Directions: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Over medium-low heat, in a large, enameled ovenproof pot with a lid, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Saute the onion, and after about 3 minutes, remove it to a medium bowl. Season the chicken breasts with the salt and pepper. Add the remaining 4 tablespoons olive oil to the pot, raise the heat to medium-high, and brown the chicken for 3 minutes per side. Add the wine, bring it quickly to a boil, and then turn the heat off immediately. Combine the onion with the parsley, chickpeas, 178 January–February 2013

» Prepared bruschette or crostini Directions: In a medium pan over medium heat, mix the shallots with the peas, and sauté in the olive oil until the peas are barely done and the shallots are wilted, about 4 minutes. Stir in the mint, mascarpone, salt and pepper. Chop coarsely in a food processor or by hand, and spoon onto the bread. For bruschetta, grill or broil substantial slices of rustic Tuscan bread, brush with extra-virgin olive oil and sprinkle with salt. If you like, spear a clove of garlic with one side cut and rub the cut side across the bread before adding the olive oil. I usually cut the bruschette in half unless it’s being served at the table, because if you’re standing up, big bruschette can be unruly. For crostini, cut a long skinny loaf into slices about 1/3 inch thick. Toast them or not, depending on the topping.

On Feb. 2 at 10:30 a.m., Mayes will talk about her culinary journey from South Georgia to Tuscany, with stops along the way in Florida and California, and how it led to the publication of her cookbook. Following her remarks, she will join local grower Louise Divine of Turkey Hill Farm for “From Farm to Table,” a moderated discussion about the Slow Food Movement and how buying, cooking and eating food in season can fit into our everyday lives. Afterward, there will be a book signing and a sampling of antipasti from her cookbook, which will be available for sale. Tickets for the event are $45, $35 for Goodwood members. Cynthia O’Connell, widow of former University of Florida President Stephen C. O’Connell, is honorary chair of the Frances Mayes weekend of events at Goodwood. For more information, go to Goodwood’s website at // Audrey Post

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Pea and Shallot Crostini

On Feb. 1, Frances Mayes will be the guest of honor at a reception in Goodwood Museum and Garden’s Main House, followed by dinner in the Carriage House Conference Center. Local chef and caterer Nella Schomburger is overseeing the meal, created from recipes in Mayes’ “The Tuscan Sun Cookbook.” Tickets are $100 per person, $75 for Goodwood members.

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»food on the MENU

Chef Matt Hagel and Owner Ruben Fields

A Home-Grown Restaurant Miccosukee Root Cellar Focuses on Local Flavors

By Caroline Conway

With its handmade booths and bar, all organic and locally sourced menu and a philosophy based on community, it’s hard not to feel at ease at the Miccosukee Root Cellar. Owner Ruben Fields and Chef Matt Hagel, lifelong Tallahasseans, met while working at local favorite Cypress Restaurant, and together they make up the Root Cellar’s homegrown, organic dream team. Fields had the vision and passion to transform a tired, abandoned sub shop located in Midtown near Tallahassee Memorial Hospital into a cozy, 49-seat eatery. He handcrafted the booths and bar, using deadwood reclaimed from the Wakulla River, and the warm lighting includes 1930s-era can lights “harvested” from the neighboring Uptown Café. Hagel brings the culinary and artistic knowledge to the mix, communicating with more than a dozen local farms (including Turkey Hill Farm, which is owned by Fields’ mom, Louise Divine) to discover what produce, meats and vegetables will be available, allowing his menu to flow with the seasons. It could include juicy meatloaf made from Orchard Pond grass-fed beef with chipotle barbecue sauce and roasted potatoes; a cheese board featuring a variety of Sweet Grass Dairy cheeses; a fresh oyster and mushroom soup; or flatbread topped with eggplant and sausage. Open for dinner only Tuesday through Saturday, the restaurant showcases local musicians several times a week. Most weekends, the sounds of jazz or bluegrass will accompany your meal. Both men insist there’s room in Tallahassee for a new and different sort of restaurant. “We aren’t in a competition, we are in a community,” says Fields.

WHAT DID THE AUTHOR EAT? wine With all the wine choices, it’s impossible to go wrong when making a selection. I went with the Patz and Hall Pinot Noir from the Sonoma coast, ($9/glass) — it was light and crisp. Just what I was looking for. plates For dinner, my party of three decided to make it a tapas night, grazing off many plates. We sampled the bread ($2) and

cheese boards with hand-picked cheeses from local dairies, tomato jam, balsamic onion compote, ginger preserves, tupelo honey and cane roasted pecans ($11), a mushroom oyster soup ($9) and a savory sausage eggplant flatbread ($16) — more than enough for three.

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1908 Capital Circle NE, Tallahassee 850-386-2253 • Monday-Friday 8:30AM-6:00PM Saturday 8:30AM-12:00PM

»food DINING GUIDE Gourmet Specialty

The Key

A LA PROVENCE French. A rich décor and graceful atmosphere create a memorable dining experience, offering FrenchMediterranean cuisine. 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. $$$ D Anthony’s Wood Fire Grill American and Italian. After 26 years in Betton Place, restaurateur Dick Anthony has returned in a new location with a new menu featuring grilled chicken, steak, fish and hamburgers. Italian favorites that made the original Anthony’s so popular have returned on the “First Loves Second Chances” portion of the dinner menu. 1355 Market St. (850) 224-1447, anthonyswoodfiregrilltallahassee. com. $$ 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. $$$ B L D Cypress Restaurant ★ New Southern. Voted “Best Fine Dining” and “Best Special Occasion” by Tallahassee Magazine readers in 2012. Sophisticated Southern regional dining in a contemporary, metropolitan setting. Menu features chef-cut fish and aged meats, fresh in-house preparations, a comprehensive wine list and full bar. Valet parking available at night. 320 E. Tennessee St. (850) 513-1100. $$$ 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” and “Best Outdoor Dining” in 2012 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 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

Best of Tallahassee 2012 Winner Breakfast Lunch Dinner Outdoor Dining Live Music Bar/Lounge $ Inexpensive $$ Moderately Expensive $$$ Expensive ★ B L D

The Front Porch Southern, Seafood. Formerly the home of Chez Pierre, the newly renovated Front Porch is known as much for its fresh Florida seafood as it is the extensive outside dining. The locally owned restaurant has a casual, contemporary Southern vibe. Enjoy the Southern hospitality as you slurp mouth-watering oysters at the raw bar. 1215 Thomasville Road (850) 521-5821. $$ L D The Melting Pot Fondue. This restaurant offers a variety of fondues including cheese and chocolate dessert. 2727 N. Monroe St. (850) 386-7440. $$$ D

EAST MEETS WEST A Fresh Take on Pan-Asian Cuisine and Sushi Join us for Lunch & Dinner Extensive Selection of Wine, Beer & Sake

1001 N. Monroe St. (850) 847-0003 |

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 in-house chefs. 1225 N. Monroe St. (850) 222-4956. $$ B L D

Specialty 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. $$ B L D The Egg Café And Eatery ★ American. Made-to-order items using the finest ingredients, cooked to your liking. Voted Tallahassee’s best nine times, including the 2012 awards for “Best Breakfast” and “Best Brunch.” In Evening Rose at 3740 Austin Davis Ave. and 3500 Kinhega Drive. (850) 907-3447. $$ B L 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 Backwoods Bistro Italian. After five years of business in its historic Sopchoppy locale, Backwoods Bistro now has a second, equally appetizing restaurant in the Capital City.



THANK YOU TALLAHASSEE FOR VOTING OUR WINE LIST THE BEST IN 2012! HOURS: Mon–Thurs 5pm–2am I Fri & Sat 4pm–2am Located at the Orleans@Midtown 1240 Thomasville Rd. The corner of 6th Ave & Thomasville Rd. 850.222.9914 I January–February 2013



»food DINING GUIDE The hip restaurant/bar offers live music until 2 a.m. on the weekends and a rich array of food that’s a little bit backwoods, a little bit bistro. Enjoy the bold Italian flavors of the Backwoods pizza (pesto, chicken, artichoke, tomato, mushroom and feta) or Eggplant Parmesan. 401 E. Tennessee St. (850) 320-6345. $$ L D Bella Bella ★ Italian. Cozy home-like atmosphere and authentic homemade traditional Italian food made this Midtown dining hotspot the “Best Italian” winner in 2012. Try their famous Bubble Bread and delicious pasta specials. Catering available. 123 E. 5th Ave. (850) 412-1114. $$ 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 2012, 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. $$ L D Jonah’s Fish & Grits American Southern. Soups, salads, pastas and specialty sandwiches focused on fish and seafood with a Southern twist are featured in an alcohol-free, familyfriendly atmosphere. Dinner also includes a more extensive selection from their wood-burning grill. 109 E. Jackson St., Thomasville, Ga. (229) 226-0508. $$ 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

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.



2705 Apalachee Parkway | Tallahassee, FL (850) 270-9506

Kool Beanz ★ Fusion. 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 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 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 2012, Masa repeated its win 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 Old Town Café American. Southern hospitality is

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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. $$ L D Osaka Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar ★ Japanese. Knives flash and patrons gasp as talented hibachi chefs “play” with your food while creating delicious chicken, steak and seafood dishes in front of you. Voted “Best Hibachi” by readers of Tallahassee Magazine. 1690 Raymond Diehl Road. (850) 531-0222. $$$ D Paisley Café ★ American. Guilt-free lunch has never been easier since this “Best Locally Owned New Business” has served up food with seven natural ingredients or less. Where plantain chips replace greasy potato chips and the tea is sweetened only with Florida cane sugar, this new Midtown spot boasts a fresh bakery and garden full of wholesome treats. 1123 @ Midtown on Thomasville Road. (850) 385-7268 $ L 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. $$$ L D THE WINE LOFT Wine Bar ★ American. Enjoy delicious items off the small plate menu and a vast selection of wines in a chic, sophisticated atmosphere. The Wine Loft boasts a generous array of more than 50 wines by the glass and more than 70 by the bottle that earned it “Best Wine List” honors in 2012. 1240 Thomasville Road, Suite 100. (850) 222-9914 $$ D

Family/Casual Beef ‘O’ Brady’s ★ American. A 2012 Tallahassee Magazine winner for “Best Sports Bar,” this neighborhood pub serves up a wall of prime TV coverage for the biggest games and some killer hot wings. With three Tallahassee locations, the family-friendly atmosphere is never far away. 2910 Kerry Forest Pkwy. #A-7: (850) 668-8580; 1800 Thomasville Road: (850) 222-2157; 1208 Capital Circle S.E.: (850) 504-2333. $L D 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. 6267 Old Water Oak Road, Suite 101. (850) 894-4110. $$ B 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. 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 three years in a row. 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” by the readers of Tallahassee Magazine in 2012. 1660 N. Monroe St. (850) 386-4258; 1415 Market St. (850) 668-0311; and 1208 Capital Circle S.E. (850) 325-6422. $ L Joe Mama’s Wood Fired Pizza Pizza. Freshly made dough, imported San Marzano tomatoes and other quality ingredients combine to make delicious artisan pizza pies cooked in a traditional Tuscan-style oven. Salads and oven-baked wings are on the menu too. 1307 N. Monroe St., Tallahassee, Fl. (850) 577-1231. $ D Juicy Blue American Tapas. In the new Four Points by Sheraton Downtown this cool newcomer offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. Unique offerings include Tapas with a unique twist like the Georgia Caramel. Sandwiches, salads and a nice variety of seafood, pasta and chicken dishes round out the menu. Local coffee bar Redeye is located in the lobby. 316 West Tennessee St. (850) 422-0071. $ B L D 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 2012. 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 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 Po’ Boys ★ Cajun. Voted “Best Cajun,” Po’ Boys brings a little bit of New Orleans to Tallahassee. Take a bite out of the Big Easy at three locations and enjoy bold flavors with their Louisiana jambalaya, gumbo, po’ boys and mufflettas. 224 E. College Ave. (850) 224-5400, 1425 Village Square Blvd. (850) 906.0020, 1944 W. Pensacola St. (850) 574-4144. $ 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” 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 2012. 3101 Dick Wilson Blvd., (850) 878-1185; 2707 N. Monroe St. (850) 385-2167 and 1460 Timberlane Road (850) 906-9996. $ L D

Valentine’s Day

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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 2012, Wing Stop offers freshly made wings sauced and tossed in a choice of nine flavors. 1964 W. Tennessee St.. (850) 574-9464; 3111 Mahan Drive (850) 942-9464 and 6668 Thomasville Road (850) 219-9464. $ L D

3491 Thomasville Rd. Ste. 12 (850) 222-5458

Steak/Seafood 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 2012 “Best of Tallahassee” honors for its appetizers and the star of its menu, seafood. 3491 Thomasville Road. (850) 297-0460. $$$ D Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grill Cajun. A New Orleans dining experience you won’t soon forget! Delicious Creole cuisine, fresh seafood and steaks, rich pastas, sensational salads and more. 301 S. Bronough St. (850) 222-3976. $$ L D Marie Livingston’s Steakhouse ★ Steak. This restaurant specializes in steak — named Tallahassee’s “Best Steakhouse” once again in 2012 — 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

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»the last word

Rabid, or Not Rabid? When Your Life Depends on the Answer, Get the Shots By Florence Snyder I’ve been a lawyer for 37 years, so I’ve gotten used to being called “rabid” by happy clients and unhappy opponents. Today — the midpoint in my series of rabies injections — I have a more literal understanding of the word. The night was dark, and the cat that bit me in my friend Mary Ellen’s front yard two weeks earlier was probably not rabid. In fact, she was probably Mary Ellen’s well-loved and fully vaccinated cat, Cassie. But one dark gray tabby looks pretty much like every other dark gray tabby, and anyway, taking mental snapshots for a feline photo lineup was the last thing on my mind as I scrambled to corral the cat. The fleeing feline found its way home, but not before the cat-who-may-have-been-Cassie sank her teeth deep into the thin layer of flesh on my left thumb. Mary Ellen ministered to me with Neosporin, bandages and wine, but by Sunday morning my thumb was throbbing, immobile and scary swollen. The neighborhood walk-in clinic gave me a tetanus booster and started me on antibiotic pills the size of flying Florida palmetto bugs. The clinic folks also dropped a dime on me to the local health department, as Florida law requires in animal bite cases. I was filling the antibiotic prescription when the health department’s social worker called my cell to perform her dual duty of protecting public safety and protecting me. It was plain she was following a prepared script designed to determine if there was any possible way I could ID my feline “un-sub.” Eyewitness identification is notoriously unreliable under the best of circumstances, and there was no way I could pin the rap on any particular Tallahassee tabby. The social worker then turned her attention to me. “I’d like to explain your options,” she said. “We recommend rabies vaccination through the public health department or your doctor … ”

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I stopped listening. To this aging baby boomer, there are worse things than death, and rabies shots are high on that list. Somewhere back in the 20th century, I learned rabies prevention involved intensely painful injections to the stomach. Today’s rabies vaccinations are delivered in the arm and are not at all painful. Nevertheless, my reptilian, terrified-child brain kicked in, and I began to make the case against vaccination. “I’m pretty sure it was Cassie,” I told the social worker.” The swelling is down and I can move my thumb better than an hour ago.” “Well, it’s your choice,” the social worker said. Over decades of dealing with government lawyers, I learned that “it’s your choice” is often a coded message that there’s a “CYA” operation in high gear. I took comfort that the health department’s script was laden with compound-complex and highly qualified sentences that I processed as, “You have as much chance of getting rabies as you have of winning the Nobel Peace Prize.” I could tell the social worker was disappointed by my failure to jump in the car and get injected. I heard fear in her voice, like she might be in trouble with her supervisor if she failed to

talk me out of playing rabies roulette. I softened a bit and said, “Do you have some written information I could consider?” She took my email address and within seconds, a link appeared. She might just as well have linked me to a medical text written in Greek. Decades of professional experience has taught me that when a government employee can’t tell you in plain language why you should do something, it’s probably because you don’t really have to do it. My family doctor set me straight. “Rabies is 100 percent fatal,” he said. “It can take a year to incubate, and the shots are not effective unless you start them within a few days, or, better still, a few hours. If you aren’t 110 percent certain who the cat is or 110 percent certain that you’re willing to die in a rabid stupor, take the shots,” he said. Now, that was three sentences I could understand. I’m not the stupidest person who ever played “you bet your life” with the state’s public health machinery. If they can’t communicate coherently with one person about one clear-cut choice, what happens when a community-wide public health crisis rolls in? n

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