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ON THE COVER – Luresa Lake relaxes on one of the famous horseshoe palms growing along the Silver River. Used by permission of Bruce Mozert. Courtesy of Cynthia Graham. (color postcard) PHOTO BY BRUCE MOZERT

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Calendar of Events Crossword Puzzle Theatre Listings

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Vet Daniel Keel Prejudice Holds Tuskegee Airman Back, But Not From His Wings Or Forever BY MICHAEL STONE

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Art from the Heart Musical Chairs Project Raises Funds for Elementary Arts Education BY GABRIELLE CALISE

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Reading Corner Review by Terri Schlichenmeyer

An Invisible Line XXRemembering Paradise Park BY PEGGY MACDONALD

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FROM THE EDITOR œ ALBERT ISAAC

Let’s be Civil 1964. The year the Civil Rights Act ended segregation in public places and banned employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin. Not really that long ago. In fact, I can remember seeing the “Colored” signs at the public bathrooms in Miami. And I’m not that old (I like to tell myself ). It’s remarkable to me now, looking back, that this was happening — indeed sanctioned — in my lifetime. Also, it wasn’t until I attended junior high school that I had a black classmate. In high school things were more balanced, with fairly equal parts black, white and Hispanic. Later in life, much later, I got a slight — very slight — glimpse into what it must be like to live as a minority when I joined a band called “Chuck Jackson and the Encounters” and I was the first encounter of the white kind. We played all kinds of clubs, many of which I was the only white person in the bar. I have to say, that was a very

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different experience for me, and very eye-opening. Fortunately, everyone was accepting, and, as one band member told me, “Music knows no color.” As a society we’ve come a long way in race relations, but we still have a long way to go. The news is full of terrible stories of racism and now that nearly everybody has a camera, some light has been thrown on all kinds of atrocities. A visit to the Internet quickly reveals the outrageous racist comments spouted by hateful and ignorant bigots. We still have a long way to go. With Black History Month in mind, we’re offering you an enlightening article on a place called Paradise Park, the “Colored Only” venue that was located in Silver Springs. Paradise Park thrived for years until it was shut down in 1969. Again, not that long ago. I think you’ll enjoy reading about the history of the park as well as the Appleton Museum exhibition “Paradise Park Remembered,” featuring historic photos by the late great Bruce Mozert. We also continue with our ongoing series featuring World War II veterans. For this issue our writer visited with one of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, a member of the group of African American military pilots who fought in World War II. Read all about Daniel Keel’s challenges and his successes both during the war effort and after. Lastly we focus on the Musical Chairs Project, an annual fundraiser for elementary arts education. Learn how some local artists provide chairs (and cigar boxes) to be auctioned off for a good cause. As always, thank you for reading. s

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Norman Rockwell American artist and illustrator Norman Rockwell (1894-1978) was born in February in New York City. Rockwell was a prolific artist, producing more than 4,000 original works in his lifetime. Most are either in public collections, or have been destroyed in fire or other misfortunes. Rockwell also was commissioned to illustrate more than 40 books, including “Tom Sawyer” and “Huckleberry Finn.” He is best known for his depictions of ordinary scenes from small town American life for the covers of Saturday Evening Post magazine.

On the Rocks The birthstone for February is amethyst, which comes from the Greek word meaning “not drunken.” This was perhaps due to a belief that amethyst would ward off the effects of alcohol.

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In February of 1870 the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, guaranteeing the right of citizens to vote, regardless of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.

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Perhaps best known for her novel, “The Color Purple,” Alice Walker was born to sharecroppers in Georgia. An eye injury from a BB gun pellet made her self-conscious and she found solace in reading and writing poetry, according to biography.com. She attended segregated schools and graduated from her high school as the valedictorian of her class. With the help of a scholarship, she went to college and graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 1965 — the same year she published her first short story. “The Color Purple” her third novel, won a Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for Fiction in 1983.

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t. Col. Phelps. Perhaps the figure is an allegory for the discrimination that black soldiers went through during World War II. Or the struggles, past and present, that all black Americans are born into. Or the uphill battle that is life in its most general form. But for Daniel Keel, Lt. Col. Phelps represents the one man who made the failure of black airmen, immortalized by history as the Tuskegee airmen, a lasting goal. “He was born in Texas, he was raised in Texas, and he expected to die in Texas,” Keel said Phelps, the deputy commander of Midland Army Airfield, told nearly 30 black bombardier trainees as soon as they stepped onto the base in September 1944. “And that if we Negroes didn’t know our place while we were in his state of Texas, he’d spell it out for us.” Such widespread racism within the U.S. military at the time is what kept Keel — a Boston man who began calling Clermont, Florida, home soon after his 1998 retirement — stateside during his service from 1943 to 1946 despite some white combat pilots having as little as one hour of training in their aircraft. And it’s the same reason only 450 black pilots — 66 of whom were killed in action and 32 taken prisoner — were sent into combat during the war. How could black people fly planes, one rationale of the time asked, if their brains are so much smaller than white people’s? “The Tuskegee airmen proved to the world that if a Negro

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was given the opportunity — with a good education, hard work and a little luck, of course — we could do the job as well as anyone else,” said 93-year-old Keel, one of the surviving hundreds of the original 15,000 to 20,000 pilots, navigators, bombardiers, mechanics, cooks and others considered as original Tuskegee airmen, the first black aviators in the U.S. Army. “We had myth and many obstacles to overcome — and overcome them we did,” he added, as if reciting a speech from memory. “And we believe that our performance during World War II played an important role in President Harry Truman ordering the Armed Services desegregated in 1948.” Born in Mineloa, New York, in 1922, Keel’s family moved to Boston soon after. Keel was still a young child when his parents separated, leading him to spend five of his elementaryschool years with relatives in rural South Carolina, away from

“We were test patients — let’s not kid ourselves.” the safety of the more racially progressive North. Keel said his time in the South better prepared him for the military’s trials than his Tuskegee classmates because many of them had lived solely in the North. “If I was walking down the sidewalk and you was coming down the side[walk] with a group of men and there was not enough room to pass each other, I had to get off the sidewalk seniortimesmagazine.com


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As racial tensions grew at Midland Army Airfield over the Tuskegee bombardier trainees there, the airmen sent a letter to the War Department in September 1944 requesting transfer or relief from duty if the discrimination didn’t stop. Keel signed second (above), and Detroit’s first black mayor, Coleman Young, was third.

in the street while you passed me,” he said. By the sixth grade, Keel had made it back home, and a continuing path in education led him to studies in aeronautical engineering at Boston’s Northeastern University. But the draft snagged him in 1943. Despite the draft-board employee instantly declaring “Navy” upon seeing Keel’s race, his education was good enough to get him assigned to the Army Air Forces, which he had heard offered better conditions and pay.

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After basic training in Biloxi, Mississippi, Keel arrived at the famed Tuskegee Institute in Tuskegee, Alabama, in December 1943 for six weeks of academic training. Then it was off to nearby Tuskegee Army Air Field, where Keel got his first flight experience, in the popular Piper Cub monoplane. The training felt more like an experiment, though, with psychological and physical tests, like on blood pressure, being given constantly. “We were test patients — let’s not kid ourselves. We seniortimesmagazine.com


thanked the good Lord that Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt was around,” Keel said, noting how the first lady staunchly supported the Tuskegee effort. “If it wasn’t for her, we feel pretty sure … that we wouldn’t have been sent overseas.” The Tuskegee area is likely the most well-known training location of black air personnel during the war, but they also spent time at several other bases across the country, including the Texas air bases Hondo and Midland. Hondo is where Keel and his almost 30 classmates spent a good chunk of 1944 learning how to be navigators until moving on to Midland that September to also become bombardiers, or those who aim and release bombs from bomber planes. That first morning in Midland is when Lt. Col. Phelps began instructing the members of Keel’s class — all officers — on what they weren’t allowed to do, including eat in the officers mess hall. So for lunch that day, they went instead to the cadet mess hall. There, they watched white person after white person getting food until finally receiving their meals last. “By this time,” Keel said, “we were so angry that we told the mess sergeant and his crew to take the food they were bringing us and shove it, walked over to the officers mess and demanded that we be fed.” The white officers there were shocked, not even knowing that the black airmen were on base because they had arrived just that morning. The sergeant in charge of the mess hall told them they’d be treated the same as the other officers, and the following dinner and breakfast didn’t present any problems. But after breakfast, Keel said, Phelps and a few others came to the class’ quarters, demanding to know why they disobeyed orders to eat in the cadet mess and telling them they’d be court martialed. In response to the racial hostility, one of Keel’s classmates wrote a letter to the War Department in Washington D.C., and at the end of the letter, Keel’s signature is second only to the author’s. (The third signature came from Coleman Young, who would be arrested in the April 1945 protest at Freeman Army

Airfield in Indiana to desegregate the officers club there and would eventually be elected as Detroit’s first black mayor, serving from 1973 to 1993.) Several others from the class cosigned, and the letter was placed on the base commander’s desk to be sent to Washington. The subject line: “Racial discrimination and violation of expressed war department policies.” “It is our feeling that failing to receive the common courtesy extended [to] officers and gentlemen, that we be transferred to a station at which we will be accorded decent treatment or that we be allowed to request relief from active duty with the Armed Forces,” one part reads. A general arrived a few days later and gathered the base’s white officers for a meeting on how the black airmen should be treated, Keel remembered. “We were told that the discussion became so heated that a fistfight broke out amongst some of the white officers in the base theater,” he said, “and the only way the general could quell the melee was by having the National Anthem played.” In the end, the general told the assemblage that the black officers should be treated with respect and dignity. But two weeks later, Phelps ordered the class to perform a gas-mask drill, requiring the masks be worn in their barracks between 1 and 5 p.m., the hottest part of the day, Keel recalled. Keel’s room, being on a corner, had two exposed walls and thus two open windows, so he and his roommate invited four others to come inside to “spend a miserable afternoon.” When Phelps came to check on them after three hours, the six in Keel’s room had their masks removed, and Phelps, red in the face, again threated a court martial. Keel remembered one of his classmates responding with: “‘Lieutenant colonel, sir, Army regulation states that the drill you’re putting us through now shall be carried out once every six months. Now if you check our records, you’ll see that just before we left Hondo, we had this drill, so therefore, we’re not required to have it for at least another five months.’ “That ended that court martial.” As training continued stateside, the Tuskegee men began to February 2016

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Among Keel’s decorations is the Congressional Gold Medal (in hand), the highest recognition given by the U.S. Congress. All Tuskegee airmen were awarded the medal in 2006 “in recognition of their unique military record, which inspired revolutionary reform in the Armed Services,” according to the House bill that gave the award.

hear rumors about the “lousy job” being done by their counterparts in combat, Keel said. Such assessments came at least partially from a push to remove the pilots from combat, based on alleged poor performance, by Col. William Momyer, commander of the 33rd Fighter Group. The 33rd included the 99th Fighter Squadron, which comprised the first black American combat pilots and was deployed to the North Africa front in April 1943. A War Department study on Momyer’s accusations, though, showed that the pilots in the 99th, while flying their P-40 fighter planes, performed just as well as white pilots of the same aircraft. Additionally, the first black American pilot group, the 332nd Fighter Group, is famous for superb bomber protection during the war and is often credited with never losing one to enemy fire — though the latter claim, while widespread, is untrue. The 332nd did, however, lose far fewer bombers — 27 — than the average of 46 of the other six groups within the

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Fifteenth Air Force during the war, according to the Tuskegee Institute, now called Tuskegee University. This can be attributed to the practice of Tuskegee pilots staying close to their bombers instead of leaving them vulnerable by pursuing stray enemy planes to pick up additional kills and possibly the status of ace. Benjamin Davis, one of the original Tuskegee pilot graduates who commanded the 99th and eventually the 332nd, told his pilots that “the first one of his men he saw or heard chasing after an enemy airplane once it was leaving the fray, he would personally have them court martialed and grounded,” said Keel, a member of the 477th Bombardment Group, the second and last of the Tuskegee wartime groups but didn’t deploy before the war ended. In spite of Phelps, Keel and his class completed bombardier training at Midland. But by the second half of 1945, as the war was winding down, they were sent back to Tuskegee to learn how to fly bombers because there weren’t enough black pilots seniortimesmagazine.com


The Congressional Gold Medal struck for the Tuskegee airmen depicts (from left) an officer, a mechanic and a pilot. The eagle “symbolizes flight, nobility and the highest ideals of the nation,” according to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, and the years 1941 and 1949 present the range in time when U.S. military units were still segregated.

to be coupled with all the navigators, Keel said. Though back at Tuskegee, the struggles continued. When Keel and nine others walked into the first day of one class, the instructor, who was also black, had 10 X’s written on the board and said the 10 of them would soon no longer be in the program. “First thing that came out of our mouth: Lt. Col. Phelps,” he remembered. “That rascal’s tentacles had followed us all the way over to Tuskegee Army Air Base.” Indeed, the 10 were thrown out of pilot training, but they appealed it to the regional general in charge and were put back into the program, Keel said. The instructor was fired. Later, with the help of another instructor, a veteran captain of the 332nd who had fought at the front, Keel made it through flight training. That meant he needed to complete only his cross-country instrument flight check and a written test to graduate, which came with a promotion from flight officer to second lieutenant.

The day before his flight test, in August 1945, a terrible cold struck him, and a classmate’s recommended remedy, a shot of Alabama moonshine, landed him in the hospital for a week. Running out of time before the upcoming graduation, Keel made up the flight check by helping an instructor fly the base’s football equipment to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina for the game there against the Marines. After completing the written test, Keel had the scores he needed. He went to sign off on his flight record, labeled as “very satisfactory,” but his academic record was blank. “I said, ‘This cotton-pickin’ form is blank,’” Keel recalled. “‘You don’t expect me to sign a blank piece of paper, do you?’ The man behind the desk said, ‘You want your wings this coming Monday morning?’ ‘Sure I want them,’ I said. ‘Then my advice to you is to sign this blank piece of paper because if you don’t sign this blank piece of paper, you will not be receiving your wings this coming Monday morning.’” Keel graduated with the wings around Oct. 1, 1945, makFebruary 2016

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ing him one of the very few Tuskegee airmen to be a navigator, bombardier and pilot. But he didn’t get the promotion. And with his discharge in February 1946, the military would never see use of Keel’s training. “If it hadn’t been for prejudice, I’d have been overseas as a navigatorbombardier in 1944. … Not a single pilot ran into as many obstacles as I did to get their pilot wings, and I was the first one to get out when the opportunity presented itself.” The civilian world didn’t see the expertise, either: Keel did get his commercial pilot license, but he “could see aviation doesn’t hold any future for Negroes at all.” So he switched to electrical engineering, earning his journeyman and master’s licenses and running his own electrical contracting business in Boston until retiring. In his golf-club, gated subdivision in Clermont, Keel lives with his wife of 72 years, Barbara, and the two have eight children, five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. His flying days aren’t completely behind him: In July 2015, he got to ride in a World War II-era Vultee BT-13 Valiant trainer plane over Belleview, Florida, thanks to the organizing efforts of the University of Florida’s Samuel Proctor Oral History Program. “It’s momentous in the changes that have happened [since] his original experience of just having to fight for every second and being as marginalized of his accomplishments of that time,” said Deborah Hendrix, the program’s technology coordinator. “It just felt like all those years of history were rolling back.” Keel doesn’t necessarily wish he had been sent to war — “Who would want to be shot at?” — but if fate would have so chosen, he said he would have done his best to disprove all those who expected failure for no other reason than skin color. “I figured if I’m going to do it, I want it to be the best job I can do,” Keel said. “That was it.” His most meaningful takeaway from being a pioneer in a racially divided America is not what he and the Tuskegee airmen did but what lessons the accomplishments can bestow on future generations. “Get yourself a good education — not to become a pilot because let’s face it: In the Tuskegee experiment, there were doctors, nurses, someone had to teach us, someone had to train us, someone had to take care of those airplanes. … Get yourself a good education because it’s the key to everything.” s

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In his home’s office, Keel holds a family photo (also at bottom) comprised mostly of his children. Altogether, he and his wife, Barbara, have eight, plus five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Below: A hat depicting a P-51 Mustang fighter plane rests on the office’s filing cabinet.

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Enjoying Act Three The Editor’s Life

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y 1961 I’d been the first manuscript reader at a Madison Avenue publishing house for a year when the president of the company called me in and said he’d been buying the books I recommended, and they always made money and received good reviews. “How would you like to be managing editor of the company?” he asked. Of course I wanted the job, but since he was perhaps the most temperamental man in book publishing, known to be a ruthless screamer, I heard myself saying, “I’d love to work for you if you promise you will never yell at me.” He laughed and replied, “I promise you that, Ellis.” We became instant drinking buddies, and he kept his promise. I was given my own little office and a secretary. The managing editor’s job is to make sure every manuscript moves along at the proper pace through various departments responsible for copyediting and proofreading, dust jacket design, manufacturing, sales, warehousing and shipping, advertising, and publicity. Working closely with Putnam’s gruff but lovable and fiercely dedicated production chief, I gave him the specifications for each book after working them out with my boss — cloth or paper binding, printing size, retail price, and whether to go cheap on manufacturing or give the job to the best and priciest shop in the business, the Kingsport

Press of Tennessee. Printing and binding constitute the biggest expense in the book industry, far surpassing salaries and author’s advances. The wrangling involved in the production process took up the entire workday, so I took manuscripts home at night to read on my own time, hoping to discover a bestseller and rise in the publishing hierarchy. My boss assured me that anything publishable I found in the slush pile would be mine to edit. Fairly soon I discovered a gem about surfing written by California lifeguard Peter L. Dixon of Malibu. Though his awkward style needed a heavy overhaul, he commanded mastery of his subject and was a champion surfer himself. He would look and sound good on television plugging his book. In my memo to the boss I stated I knew how to fix the writing and assured him of the market, the hordes of surfers worldwide. He authorized a modest advance, I signed up my first author, and on publication had my first success. I got promoted; the boss gave the managing editor job to my secretary, and my first coup as an editor was reissuing one of our obscure backlist titles, “Lord of the Flies,” which had bombed on first publication. This time it took off, and it’s still selling to this day, over a half-century later.

Then I recommended a manuscript called “The Spy Who Came in From the Cold,” and when the boss bought it, I was assigned to edit it. The Spy became one of the great all-time bestsellers, and led to wonderful things for me at the company. The turning point in a young editor’s career is when he is given an expense account, which means he’s now in a position to wine and dine authors and agents and have a shot of getting the best manuscripts around. It also means international travel. During my first buying spree in London, I started a long and productive friendship with Raleigh Trevelyan, director of Michael Joseph Ltd., who told me about a novel concerning the Seventh Avenue fashion industry called “Divorce.” Despite hating the title, I bought American rights, persuaded the author to let me call the U.S. edition “Seventh Avenue,” and it sold like hotcakes. When paperback rights went to Dell for a small fortune, I invited the Dell staff to a lavish party in our corporate apartment on Park Avenue. That night, I went out of my way to romance Dell’s president and her editorial director. Later they began to watch my books closely, buying mass-market rights to many of them, and soon they offered me a top management job at Dell, running its hardcover division. After a dozen years at Putnam and Coward, a vice presidency, and membership on the board of directors, I was 37 and cutting back drastically on my workload to enjoy a rollicking mid-life crisis. The Dell job came with less work, a bigger title, and higher pay. It was time to move on. s Ellis Amburn is the author of biographies published by HarperCollins and is in the Hall of Excellence at TCU’s Schieffer School of Journalism. He lives at a retirement community in Gainesville. ellis.amburn@gmail.com.

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Tinseltown Talks Doris Day sis Still an Animal’s Best Friend by Nick Thomas

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hugely popular singer and actress throughout the ‘50s and ‘60s, Doris Day first became interested in animal issues on the set of a 1956 Alfred Hitchcock film. “One of my first profound experiences working with animals in my films was in Morocco on the set of ‘The Man Who Knew Too Much,’” recalled Ms. Day from her long-time Carmel, Calif., home. “I was never one to make waves when working on my films, but was appalled at the condition of the local animals used in this film and refused to continue until we made sure they were all well-fed, well-treated and happy.” It was a moment, she recalld, when she realized her fame could help improve animals’ lives. “Someone once said that you can use your celebrity status either to get a good table at a restaurant or to do something meaningful to help improve the world,” she said. “I believe we all — not just celebrities — have a responsibility to do the latter, however that may be.” So in 1978, she founded the Doris Day Animal Foundation (DDAF), initially a small grassroots organization. “Since evolving into a grant-giving charity, we’ve been able to have a much greater impact on both a local and national level, supporting programs and other non-profit organizations that share our vision,” she siad. “It’s all there on our website, www. ddaf.org.” The Foundation, however, isn’t restricted to helping pets and came to the aid of stranded baby sea lions along the California coast early last year. “Marine rescue organizations were scrambling to rescue, house, feed and rehabilitate them until they were strong enough to be released back into the ocean,” she recalled. “It was a dire situation, but DDAF was able to provide the

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necessary funding to these organizations and help save those precious babies.” Day, who turns 94 in April, still takes an active role in the Foundation. “I make it a priority to stay on top of all DDAF activities,” she said. “We have a very small, caring staff and Board of Directors so that donations go directly to help the animals seniortimesmagazine.com


instead of administrative expenses. My wonderful group keeps me apprised of all the grants we are considering, the donations we receive, and the ‘happy endings’ reports from our grantees.” While her big screen presence declined after the ‘60s, Day had no regrets bidding farewell to Hollywood. “I enjoyed my career and had a great time working in Hollywood,” she recalled. “But after decades of nonstop films, recordings and television, the time seemed right to start a new chapter — concentrating on my animal welfare work.” But fans from her Hollywood days still keep in touch. “I’ve been blessed with good health and keep busy with the Foundation and going through all the mail that comes in, especially around the holidays,” Day said. “I get such lovely letters from all over the world, including from young people whose parents and grandparents

introduced them to my films and music. I’m floored when they tell me how much my work has meant to them — let alone that they even know who I am!” Over the years, many animals have passed through the Day household and several still call it home. “I currently have several cats and three dogs, fewer than I’m used to,” she said. “I can’t even think about all of the sweet four-leggers I’ve lost over the years. But I always say, although they can never be replaced, the best way to honor their memory is to save another life from the shelter. My current crew is keeping me on my toes and laughing at their antics. I don’t know what I’d do without them.” s

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Art from the Heart Musical Chairs Project Raises Funds for Elementary Arts Education by Gabrielle Calise

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This is primarily accomplished through the annual Musical Chairs Project fundraiser. Proceeds from the event will go towards sending fifth grade students from each public elementary school in Alachua County on an arts-related field trip. FEA is able to donate up to $5,000 annually for the trips. This amount is enough to cover the cost of transportation and substitute teachers so instructors can take their students to hear a musical performance at the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts or embark on a docent-led tour at the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art. Since there have only been enough funds to pay for either a concert or a museum visit, the schools alternate between these two destinations each year. Ultimately, Clifton said, FEA would like to raise enough money so students can visit both the Phillips Center and the Harn.

“We feel like you can’t really have school without having the arts.” “We feel that all children in our county need to have these experiences,” Clifton said. A recent collaboration with the Gainesville Fine Arts Association (GFAA) may bring the board closer to achieving this goal. The association has held raffles to raise money for FEA’s mission in the past, but after GFAA President Karen Koegel attended last year’s fundraiser, she realized the organization could do even more to help. seniortimesmagazine.com


PHOTO BY GABRIELLE CALISE

Rusty Hammer’s chair called “Rex.” Left center: Alfred Phillips poses with his chair. Left top and bottom: Cigar boxes by Helen Rucarean and Tina Corbett.

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“We’re not only there to support artists,” Koegel said. “We want to support those who support art.” For its nearly 93 years of existence, GFAA had been without its own gallery, using libraries, restaurants and galleries around town to host meetings and display the work of its artists. GFAA opened a new gallery at the beginning of 2016. To demonstrate support for elementary arts, GFAA will be hosting the Musical Chairs Project during its first official exhibition. “I had so much help myself when I was in public school,” said Alfred Phillips, GFAA co-vice president and director of the new gallery. In addition to the chairs and boxes that will be auctioned, members of the GFAA will be selling their artwork and donating 10 percent of the profits to the fundraiser. The association also had five pedestals built to display the chairs at the gallery. Several members of the GFAA have also donated chairs or boxes, including Phillips, who used acrylic paint to adorn an old chair with a landscape of Newnans Lake and an alligator with its jaw gaping open. The collaboration with the association also allows more opportunity for the chairs to be seen and sold than in past years. Instead of just having the chance to see the chairs and boxes on the night of the auction, interested bidders will have the opportunity to pre-bid during a potluck at the GFAA Gallery on Jan. 24 and Artwalk Gainesville on Jan. 29. The starting bid for the chairs is $125, while the starting bid for a decorated cigar box is at $50, said Linda Henderson, the artist coordinator for the event. A former elementary school art teacher, Henderson had to write grants to purchase art supplies and to take her students on field trips. Now Henderson volunteers for the event that allowed her to give her students so much. Henderson said that the cigar boxes were added last year to provide an alternative piece of art to patrons who had been attending the event for multiple years and didn’t want or need another chair. Generous attendees can also opt to simply donate funds if they don’t feel like bidding on anything. Clifton said that she hopes the fundraiser continues to flourish after this year. In addition to funding field trips, the board wants to grow an endowment fund to continue bringing cultural experiences to children. “We feel like you can’t really have school without having the arts” Clifton said. “It’s a big part of the puzzle of growing up.” s

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E CALISE PHOTOS BY GABRIELLE ry director of Alfred Phillips, the gallery the new GFAA gallery, painted this chair. Phillips, who has sold his artwork interna-tionally, was a guest on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Additionally, his art has appeared on the Ellen Degeneres television show. BELOW: Decorated cigarr boxes were introduced to the auction last year on to provide another option for longtime supporters who already had purchased chairs in the past.

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alentine’s Day is that special time of year when we go out of our way to say “I love you” to the special people in our life. What better way to do this than with homemade sweets for your sweeties? One of my favorite recipes in my mother’s handwritten cookbooks is an entry titled “Aunt Ruth’s Mints.” Aunt Ruth was my father’s older sister and also one of my mother’s best friends when they were growing up in rural Illinois. Aunt Ruth was known for these mints, and at the age of 95 she was still making them for wedding receptions, anniversary celebrations, holiday parties and her club (a ladies’ club that would

meet each month to socialize and play card games). On a summer day in 2011 she shared with me a few of her tips for making them, and it is one of my fondest memories of time spent in her home. She had quite an assortment of candy molds, ready for any holiday or occasion, and she really enjoyed making these for her friends and family. I truly believe that her faith in God and love for her family, her crocheting and her mints are what kept her going strong all those years. Aunt Ruth is gone now, but her love still remains with us — especially remembered with every bite of these delicious mints!

AUNT RUTH’S MINTS Wilton makes candy molds that you can purchase in kitchen or craft stores.

INGREDIENTS: 2 oz. cream cheese, room temperature and cut into cubes 1/2 tsp. flavoring (usually mint or butter flavor) 1 2/3 cups powdered sugar Food color METHOD: Mix the cream cheese and flavoring. Add the food color before the powdered sugar. Start with about 3 drops of color, and then add more if you desire a deeper color. I use Wilton food colors,

Cynthia Wonders Winterrowd is an award-winning writer who was raised in Illinois and lives in Gainesville. She is proud to be a “Gator Mom” of three daughters, all UF graduates. Cynthia loves sharing family recipes that have been passed down in her mother’s handwritten cookbooks. recipewonders@gmail.com

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which are concentrated. Adjust amount gradually until desired shade is achieved. Now add the powdered sugar and knead it with clean hands until it is all blended together. It’s a sticky process, but worth it. After kneading the batter like bread dough and all ingredients are combined, roll into balls the size of a marble. Place one side into a small amount of granulated sugar. Then press the sugared side down into the mold. Unmold at once and lay the flat side down onto wax paper. If you find you need a firmer mixture you can add more powdered sugar to the batter. Let the mints set out on a cookie sheet for two or more days to dry and harden. They keep for a very long time in a plastic container or candy dish. No refrigeration needed. Aunt Ruth’s hint: If you have trouble un-molding the mint, try sprinkling a little sugar into the mold before pressing the candy into it. Also, you can make a large batch by using an 8-ounce block of cream cheese and the largest size bag of powdered sugar (32 ounces). It will use the entire bag of powdered sugar for this amount of cream cheese. Mix in the flavoring to your taste preference, adding small amounts gradually. Remember, “less is more” in this case. You can always add more, but it is impossible to remove excess! Another way to help release the mint from your mold is to lightly dab cooking spray with a paper towel into the mold. Repeat as necessary. So there you have it, something from your kitchen to say, “I love you!” s

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An Invisible Line Remembering Paradise Park

Story by Peggy Macdonald photography by Bruce Mozert

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n invisible line once separated black and white visitors to Silver Springs in Marion County. Blacks and whites rode in separate glass bottom boats, picnicked in separate parks, and swam in separate parts of the Silver River. In reality, the same glass bottom boats were used to carry black and white passengers along the river, and blacks and whites swam in the same water. All of the boat captains were black, but they were not allowed to take their friends or families to the Silver Springs theme park, which was reserved for white patrons. Paradise Park was designed for African American visitors to Silver Springs during the Jim Crow era. At the time no admission was charged to enter Silver Springs, but African American visitors who tried to purchase tickets for the boat rides or Ross Allen’s shows were not permitted to do so and were instructed to visit Paradise Park instead. Segregation at Silver Springs is the focus of a new exhibition at the Appleton Museum of Art in Ocala. “Paradise Park Remembered: Photographs by Bruce Mozert and Others” features approximately 100 photos by Bruce Mozert, who was the official photographer for Silver Springs and Paradise Park. Other images included in the show range from park tickets to brochures with Silver Springs on one side and Paradise Park on the other, courtesy of private collectors and the Marion County Black Archives. The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, partnered with Silver Springs State Park, Friends of Silver Springs and the Marion County Black

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Archives to produce this new show. The Appleton exhibition complements a new book that is the first to examine Silver Springs’ little known sister park, Paradise Park, which was open from 1949 to 1969. Lu Vickers and Cynthia Wilson-Graham co-authored “Remembering Paradise Park: Tourism and Segregation at Silver Springs,” which the University Press of Florida published in 2015.

“Silver Springs is nice, but it was nothing like Paradise Park. I miss it because it was like family.” “Remembering Paradise Park” unveils the complex origins and demise of Silver Springs’ separate theme park for African Americans. Vickers said Paradise Park began as a competing park in the 1920s. Dubbed Silver Springs Paradise, this early version of Paradise Park was decidedly anti-African American. A park brochure contrasted the Silver Springs Paradise Park Company’s white boat drivers with Silver Springs’ black captains. “OUR BOAT GUIDES ARE ALL INTELLIGENT WHITE MEN,” the brochure stated. After a series of legal challenges Silver Springs’ owners, Carl Ray and Shorty Davidson, eventually prevailed over the owners of Silver Springs Paradise Park and purchased the property. Ray and Davidson, who were white, later hired Silver Springs boat captain Eddie Vereen to create and manage Paradise Park. This extension of the original park was seniortimesmagazine.com


Lottie Donaldson, a dance teacher at Howard High School, and Nathaniel “School Boy” Thomas, one of the first lifeguards at Paradise Park, are featured in one of the few underwater pictures taken at the park.

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developed to provide African American patrons with access to Silver Springs. However, Silver Springs’ owners did not have purely altruistic motivations. “They wanted to make an extra buck,” Vickers said in a recent telephone interview. Vickers described Bruce Mozert as the only professional photographer who was allowed to take pictures of Paradise Park. She had approached Mozert about his photographs several years ago after his underwater images appeared in Gary Monroe’s book, “Silver Springs: The Underwater Photography

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of Bruce Mozert” (University Press of Florida, 2008). Vickers developed a personal relationship with Mozert while doing research for some of her earlier books, which include “Weeki Wachee, City of Mermaids: A History of One of Florida’s Oldest Roadside Attractions” (University Press of Florida, 2007) and “Weeki Wachee Mermaids: Thirty Years of Underwater Photography” (University Press of Florida, 2012). Vickers asked Mozert about his Paradise Park photographs and he showed her the original negatives, which were bundled together with a rubber band. She convinced him to let her seniortimesmagazine.com


produce enlargements of the proofs of the Paradise Park images for her book and the Appleton exhibition. Vickers visited Mozert in the hospital last fall and presented him with a copy of “Remembering Paradise Park.” He planned to attend the exhibition as well, Vickers said, but his health declined. Mozert died in October 2015, about a month before he would have turned 99 years old. Mozert’s images of Paradise Park reveal the complexities of segregation. The park was a vital cultural center for African Americans in Marion County and across the state. Children were baptized in the cool waters of Silver Springs, young women competed in Labor Day beauty contests, churches held picnics and Santa Claus handed out gifts at Christmas. Still, the sting of segregation was felt by all who worked and played at Paradise Park. Roosevelt Faison has been a glass bottom boat captain since 1956, a year after “Revenge of the Creature of the Black Lagoon” was filmed at Silver Springs. When he started ferrying passengers up and down the Silver River 60 years ago, he was not permitted to enjoy the Silver Springs theme park because of the color of his skin. Like all of the other boat captains, Faison was unable to give his family a tour of Silver Springs unless they boarded a boat at the Paradise Park dock. On breaks, Faison and the other boat captains had to use separate bathrooms and water fountains designated for “colored” staff and visitors. In 1962 Ray and Davidson sold Silver Springs and Paradise Park to ABC Leisure Attractions, a subsidiary of the American Broadcasting Company (ABC), for $7.5 million. Park manager Eddie Vereen retired in 1967. Vickers suspects that Vereen knew the park’s days were numbered. After ABC took over operations at Paradise Park it seemed to lose a piece of its soul and took on more of a corporate feel, Vickers reports. “Gone were the choirs and the preachers who led the sunrise services,” she writes. “Gone were the beauty queens, February 2016

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Clockwise bottom left: Paradise Park’s lifeguards with Howard Academy’s class of 1955. Thousands attended the Miss Paradise Park beauty contest each Labor Day. Carrie Johnson Parker-Warren (front) is crowned Miss Paradise Park. Young women pose next to azaleas blooming on the grounds of Paradise Park. A cooking contest in one of the pavilions at Paradise Park.

and Santa Claus, and the children who searched for eggs the Vereen family had prepared and hidden.” After the Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlawed segregation in public facilities and integration gradually became the norm, African Americans were eventually allowed to visit Silver Springs but the stain of segregation remained. “It didn’t go away just because all the signs were removed,” Faison told Vickers in a 2013 interview. “It left scars.” In 1969 Paradise Park was quietly closed and obliterated, Vickers writes. The pavilion and picnic tables were knocked down and the dock was dismantled. “Nobody knows who bulldozed the buildings,” Vickers said, adding that some boat captains suspect it was ABC. Many African Americans who made memories at Paradise Park remain bitter to this day about its closure. “Paradise Park was our roots,” Brenda Vereen told Vickers

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in a 2013 interview. “Silver Springs is nice, but it was nothing like Paradise Park. I miss it because it was like family.” Roosevelt Faison has mixed emotions about the closure of Paradise Park. “[It] put us all together as one in the place of being divided,” he explained to Vickers. “It’s got its place in history, but I was glad to see it go because it meant we weren’t divided anymore, and black people could come up here and see what we had, which was more than what we had down there.” The story of Paradise Park remains shrouded in mystery and is seldom integrated into the mainstream narrative of Silver Springs. “It’s a very complicated story,” Vickers said. Roosevelt Faison told Vickers that in the late 1990s and early 2000s park manager Bob Gallagher discussed adding the history of Paradise Park to the boat drivers’ narratives. The idea never seniortimesmagazine.com


PARADISE PARK REMEMBERED runs through April 24 at the Appleton Museum of Art, located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. A complementary exhibition at Silver Springs State Park features a display of vintage memorabilia and photographs from Paradise Park in its Education Center. Paradise Park boat captain David Faison shares stories from his 58 years of service every Tuesday through Saturday at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. The Appleton will host the following events in February. All events are free and open to the public. Thursday, Feb. 18, from 6-7 p.m. Cynthia Wilson-Graham will discuss the history of Paradise Park at the Silver River Museum, located at 1445 N.E. 58th Ave., Ocala. There will be an open house before the presentation. Thursday, Feb. 25, 6-8 p.m. Panel discussion on the history of the segregation of Florida’s beaches with “Remembering Paradise Park” co-authors Lu Vickers and Cynthia Wilson-Graham, along with Enid C. Pinkney on Virginia Key Beach and Marsha Dean Phelts on American Beach.

materialized, however. “When you start talking about race relations, that’s a real touchy situation,” Faison told Vickers. “It is history, but there are a lot of things we’ve done in the course of history that we don’t really want to face up to anymore.” The state is considering featuring the history of Paradise Park in a room in the little strip mall that is adjacent to the boat launch. The Paradise Room, Vickers explained, might include photographs and exhibits on the history of Paradise Park. Vickers would like the state to make the history of Paradise Park more visible at Silver Springs. “It would have been really nice if they would have reconstructed some of the buildings down the river,” Vickers said. For now Paradise Park is just a memory, but Bruce Mozert’s beautiful images and Lu Vickers’ piercing prose bring it back to life in “Remembering Paradise Park.” s

The Appleton Museum of Art is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday and closed Monday. Daily admission to the Appleton Museum of Art is $8 for adults; $6 for Seniors; $5 for students 19 and over; $4 for youths ages 10-18; and free for members. College of Central Florida students, children age 9 and under, active military personnel and their immediate families are free. Daily admission to Silver Springs State Park is $8 per vehicle (limit 2-8 people per vehicle); $5 for single-occupant vehicle or motorcycle; and $2 for pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers and passengers in a vehicle with a holder of an Annual Individual Entrance Pass. Silver Springs State Park and its Education Center are located at 5656 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Silver Springs.

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Embracing Life Wiener Winter Wonderland

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ating a hot dog on Coney Island was an item on my bucket list. Fortunately, a member of my extended family, Linda Woodcock, had that same goal. Some folks thought we were crazy, as we planned our journey to New York to eat a hot dog in the winter. The amusement parks and rides (such as the historical B&B Carousell and Cyclone Roller Coaster) were closed and most of the souvenir shops shut down. Hence, only a hand-full of locals and a few tourists shared our peaceful afternoon on the seaside playground located in a borough of Brooklyn. Lack of activity was OK. In fact, we enjoyed having the beach and boardwalk nearly to ourselves. As we wandered around the former barrier island (now a peninsula due to a manmade landfill), I became intrigued by its history. Of particular interest was the story associated with the Chamber of Commerce banning the use of the term hot dog on restaurant signs in 1913. My pondering temporarily ceased when we saw the “Famous Nathan’s – Home of the Original” billboard. To say we were excited, would have been an understatement. Like two silly starving teenagers, we whooped, high-fived and almost salivated at the site. Ready to indulge, we scurried toward the restaurant that hosts the annual American Hot Dog Eating Contest on Independence Day. Finally, we made it to our dream destination.

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Unimpressed employees behind the counter blankly stared at us struggling to shed our mismatched, so-called winter apparel. As we studied the menu and snapped pictures, I could feel them ridiculing our elation for simply being in a hot dog stand in the off-season. After making serious decisions on what to order, we slowed down and savored each morsel. We were in hot dog heaven.

the name Konijn Eiland (Rabbit Island). In 1664 the English took over the colony. Coney is the English version of the word rabbit. Thus, the name Coney Island. Coney Island’s history of development is filled with controversy. Battles to keep it a natural park, resort area and/or an amusement park have ensued over the centuries. In 1829, the Coney Island Hotel opened its doors. Wealthy residents from Manhattan began vacationing in the new resort. Located near Brooklyn, the island appeared to be a proper vacation by upper class standards. Circa 1880 through World War II, it was the largest amusement spot in the United States. In its prime, it was home to three major amusement parks. German immigrants brought sausages and Dachshunds to America. They called the frankfurter a little dog or dachshund sausage, thus linking the word dog. German butcher,

German butcher, Charles Feltman, began selling those sausages in rolls sometime around 1870 on Coney Island. Regular readers know I cannot stop with just feeling satisfied for fulfilling a lifelong goal. My neurotic need to overanalyze everything took over. Perhaps, in this case, my desire was due to cherished childhood memories of Dachshunds. They were always a part of our family. Still today, my sister has two loveable loyal little-sausage dogs. So, I had to know more about the island and its famous frankfurter (sometimes called wiener or dachshund sausage). My research began. The most popular theory on how the island’s name derived is from rabbits. In the 17th century, the Dutch established Nieuw Amsterdam in that area. It is believed that the island was home to a large population of wild rabbits. The Dutch word for rabbit is konijn, giving it

Charles Feltman, began selling those sausages in rolls sometime around 1870 on Coney Island. A decade or two later, dog wagons became popular for vendors to sell their hot dogs. Those terms mocked the origin of the meat, which explained why the Chamber of Commerce feared immigrants and tourists would take the term literally. To alleviate the concerns that dog meat was used, the sausage in a bun became known as a Coney Island. Linda and I embraced Coney Island, our wiener winter wonderland (both the peninsula and its dog). s Donna Bonnell is a freelance writer who moved to Newberry in 1983. She enjoys living and working in the town she now calls home. dbnewberry@aol.com

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CALENDAR UPCOMING EVENTS IN ALACHUA & MARION TIOGA MONDAY MARKET

HOGGETOWNE MEDIEVAL FAIRE

Mondays

February 5 – 7

4:00pm - 7:00pm JONESVILLE - Tioga Center, 13005 W. Newberry Rd. Market features a selection of vegetables, crafts, organic food, fruits and local specialties.

Times Vary GAINESVILLE - Alachua County Fairgrounds, 2900 NE 39th Ave. The fairgrounds will transform into a medieval marketplace during the 30th Annual Hoggetowne Medieval Faire. $17 for adults and $7 for ages 5–17. Friday admission is $8 for adults, $3.50 for ages 5-17. Free for children under 5. Free parking. Credit cards are accepted. Tickets may be purchased at the gate. www.hoggetownefaire.com.

GAINESVILLE HARMONY SHOW CHORUS Thursdays 7:00pm – 9:30pm GAINESVILLE - Grace Presbyterian Church, 3146 NW 13th St. For all who are interested in learning and singing Women’s A Cappella Barbershop Harmony Music. For information call Beckie at 352-318-1281.

LADY GAMERS Fridays 1:00pm HIGH SPRINGS - New Century Woman’s Club, 40 NW 1st Ave. The Lady Gamers meet for fun, friendship and food. Everyone is invited. Meet old friends and make some new ones.

RANGER-LED WALK Saturdays 10:00am GAINESVILLE - Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park, 4732 Millhopper Rd. Guided walks leave from the visitor center every Saturday at 10 am sharp. Visitors who dare to join the adventure have the opportunity to learn about the history and surrounding nature.

BAMBOO SALE Thru February 22 Times vary GAINESVILLE - Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, 4700 SW 58th Dr. The last day for placing orders is February 22nd and the last day for picking up bamboo is February 29th. Orders may be phoned in to 352-372-4981. Payment required when orders are placed. kanapaha.org/bamboo-sale.

BOOK CLUB Tuesday, February 2 1:00pm - 3:30pm GAINESVILLE - Alachua County Library Millhopper Branch, 3145 NW 43rd St. The Millhopper Book Club meets the first Tuesday of each month. You do not have to read the book to attend the meeting. To help celebrate Black History Month, the book club will read “The Last Runaway” by Tracy Chevalier. 352-334-1272.

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MARDI GRAS BALL Friday, February 5th 7:00pm - Midnight LEESBURG - National Guard Armory. “A Crowning Event” Enjoy food, full cash bars and live entertainment at this formal and fun event. Votes will be tallied and the 19th Annual Mardi Gras King and Queen will be crowned. Formal or costume attire is suggested. Proceeds benefit the Annual Mardi Gras “Party in the Street” celebration. www.LeesburgMardiGras.com.

INTERNATIONAL GUITAR NIGHT Friday, February 5 7:30pm GAINESVILLE - University Auditorium, 333 Newell Dr. This is the longest-running “mobile guitar festival” in North America, now in its 17th season, highlights the diversity of the acoustic guitar around the world. The 2016 troupe features IGN founder Brian Gore from San Francisco along with two of Germany’s leading Gypsy Jazz masters, Lulo Reinhardt (Django’s grand-nephew) and Andre Krengel, and steel string guitarist Mike Dawes. 352-392-2787.

AUTHOR WILLIAM KAMKWAMBA Saturday, February 6 7:00pm - 8:30pm GAINESVILLE - Alachua County Library Headquarters, 401 E. University Ave. An evening with William Kamkwamba, author of “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.” What do bamboo poles and bicycle chains have to do with sparking the spirit of entrepreneurship? Learn more about his inspiring life story of how an African teenager built a windmill from scraps to create electricity for his home and village, improving life for himself and his neighbors. Kamkwamba is an engineer and a philanthropist. 352-334-3900.

MARDI GRAS “PARTY IN THE STREET” Saturday, February 6th 11:00am - 11:00pm LEESBURG - Downtown. Let the beads fly! It’s Mardi Gras Time! Come see the streets of downtown Leesburg come alive with the sights and sounds of N’awlins! Enjoy 12 hours of familyfriendly fun with three parades, delicious food, fantastic live music, street performers, jugglers, fire-eaters and more. Listen to New Orleans-style marching Jazz Bands, Blues and more all live on two stages. Info: www.LeesburgMardiGras.com.

GUIDED WALK Saturday, February 6 10:00am – 12:00pm GAINESVILLE - Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, 4700 SW 58th Dr. Master Gardener Alicia Nelson leads a guided walk through the gardens. Regular admission price for non-members; members are admitted free of charge.

STEVE WILSON, SAXOPHONIST Saturday, February 6 7:30pm GAINESVILLE - University Auditorium, 333 Newell Dr. Steve Wilson and The Next Generation of Jazz. For nearly three decades Steve Wilson has reigned as jazz’s most consistently inspired alto and soprano saxophonist. Wilson leads a variety of starstudded ensembles whose repertoire explores the rich history of America’s classic music while creating new soundscapes. $30 - $10.

REMEMBERING JOSIAH T. WALLS Sunday, February 7 2:00pm - 3:00pm GAINESVILLE - Alachua County Library Headquarters, 401 E. University Ave. Melanie Barr, former chair of the Alachua Co. Historical Commission, will present the program to honor and remember Josiah T. Walls. Walls was elected to the Florida House of Representatives 1868-69, the first Black Republican from Florida to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1870, and he later served as Mayor of Gainesville. 352-334-3900.

ESTABLISH YOUR WRITING NICHE Sunday, February 7 2:30pm GAINESVILLE - Millhopper Branch Library, 3145 NW 43rd St. Dr. Kevin McCarthy, professor of English and Linguistics at the University of Florida for 33 years, will discuss his personal experience finding his writing niche. He will sign books and share ideas for writers to venture further into the literary world at the monthly meeting of the Writers Alliance of Gainesville.

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DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION Wednesday, February 10 11:00am - 1:00pm GAINESVILLE - Wesley United Methodist Church, 826 NW 23rd Ave. Gainesville Chapter of the DAR meet on the second Wednesday of each month, October through May. gainesvilleDAR@gmail.com.

BUFFALO PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA Wednesday, February 10 7:30pm GAINESVILLE - Phillips Center, 3201 Hull Rd. The Grammy Award-winning Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra presents more than 120 classics, pops, rock, family and youth concerts each year.

AFRICAN AMERICAN ORAL HISTORIES Wednesday, February 10 5:30pm - 7:00pm GAINESVILLE - Library Partnership, 1130 NE 16th Ave. “Listening to the Past: A presentation of African American Oral Histories” Dr. Patricia Hilliard-Nunn of the University of Florida African American Studies Department share several of the oral histories that she has filmed and collected over the years. Many of these oral histories document and reflect the evolving history of Alachua County. Light refreshments will be served. 352-334-0165.

CIVIL WAR ROUNDTABLE Thursday, February 11 6:00pm - 8:00pm GAINESVILLE - Trinity United Methodist Church, 4000 NW 53rd Ave., Edu. Bldg. #232. This monthly meeting is held the second Thursday of each month, is open to the public, and will feature guest speakers every meeting. Info: 352-378-3726, www. cwrnf.org or diane@proofinggrounds.com.

LUBEE BAT CONSERVANCY VALENTINE’S TOURS February 12 - 14 Times Vary GAINESVILLE - Lubee Bat Conservancy, 1309 NW 192nd Ave. Enjoy a private Valentine’s Day experience for two. Tour packages include a unique painting made by the bats during the tour, guided enrichment toy creations to give to the bats, roses in a vase, chocolate covered fruits, and more. Tours cost $350. All proceeds benefit the bats and programs at the conservancy. Tour scheduling, email info@ lubee.org. For more info, email Anthony Mason at amason@lubee.org or 352-485-1250.

Valentine’s Day Swing Dance Sunday, February 14

6:30pm – 11:00pm

GAINESVILLE - Santa Fe College Fine Arts Hall. A swing dance class is followed by the sounds of the Santa Fe Big Band. Dance the night away in the lobby of the Fine Arts Hall.

PIANO AND FLUTE Saturday, February 13

GAINESVILLE COMMUNITY BAND CONCERT

7:30pm GAINESVILLE - University Auditorium, 333 Newell Dr. Husband-and-wife Andreas Haefliger and Marina Piccinini combine their respective instruments for an evening of piano and flute. The performance features the world premiere of Dalbavie’s Nocture written for the couple in honor of their 25th wedding anniversary.

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FOOD TRUCK - N - FLICK NIGHT

Tuesday, February 16

Saturday, February 13 5:00pm LEESBURG - The Square, Downtown. “Cruise In-Classic Cars” line up on Main Street and the Gourmet Food Trucks assemble around the Square in downtown Leesburg. Live music starting. Hang out in Towne Square and enjoy a blockbuster movie on a 24foot outdoor movie screen at dusk. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. For info visit foodtrucknflick.leesburgpartnership.com.

5:00pm - 6:00pm GAINESVILLE - Alachua County Library Cone Park Branch, 2801 E University Ave. “Listening to the Past: A presentation of African American Oral Histories” Dr. Patricia Hilliard-Nunn of the University of Florida African American Studies Department share several of the oral histories that she has filmed and collected over the years. Many of these oral histories document and reflect the evolving history of Alachua County. Light refreshments will be served. 352-334-0165

LITTLE JAKE & THE SOUL SEARCHERS

ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER

Saturday, February 13

Tuesday, February 16

8:30pm - 1:00am GAINESVILLE - Market Street Pub & Cabaret, 112 SW 1st Ave. Veteran blues and R&B recording artist and performer Little Jake Mitchell plays monthly at Market Street with his Soul Searchers. $10 at the door. littlejakemitchell.com.

7:30pm GAINESVILLE - Phillips Center, 3201 Hull Rd. Under the leadership of artistic director Robert Battle and through the remarkable artistry of 30 extraordinary dancers, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater continues to celebrate the African

3:00pm GAINESVILLE - Santa Fe College Fine Arts Hall. The GCB performs its Salute to Big Bands Concert. $6 donation requested. www.gnvband.org.

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Passport to Caribbean Nights Gala Friday, February 19

7:00pm - 11:00pm

GAINESVILLE - Florida Museum of Natural History, 3215 Hull Rd. Let Keith Watson Events and Grandiflora sweep you away to the islands while enjoying Caribbean cuisine from Blue Water Bay and the rhythms of Tropix. Proceeds will provide critical funds to support Museum educational programs. Individual tickets cost $150. Tickets and sponsorships: www.flmnh.ufl.edu/passport or 352-273-2047.

American cultural experience, and to preserve and enrich the American modern dance tradition.

THE FLORIDA EARTHSKILLS GATHERING February 17 – 21 Times vary HAWTHORNE - Little Orange Creek Nature Park, 24115 SE Hawthorne Rd. A time to learn, share and experience community and truly sustainable living skills. Through experiential learning, objects and skills will be crafted to provide food, shelter, clean water and deep healing of the earth and ourselves. www.floridaearthskills.org.

RUSSIAN INVASION Friday, February 19 7:30pm GAINESVILLE - Santa Fe Fine Arts Hall, 3000 NW 83rd St E-127. The Gainesville Orchestra presents Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky and Rimsky Korsakov for an evening of passionate music.

BUFFALO SOLDIERS

ART FILLED HOMES TOUR

Saturday, February 20

Saturday, February 20

2:00pm - 3:00pm GAINESVILLE - Alachua County Library Tower Road Branch, 3020 SW 75th St. Go back in time as these re-enactors of African American soldiers will be wearing historically accurate uniforms and will have a camp tent set up with horses. 352-333-2840.

10:00am – 4:00pm CEDAR KEY - Various locations. Cedar Key residents will be opening their homes to the public. Attendees can expect an array of homes including Historic District cottages, a restored grand old home feature in Coastal Living magazine and other island residences filled with modern and traditional art. Refreshments and maps will be available at the Arts Center on the day of the event from 9am to 1pm. Tickets are $20 per person, and may be purchased in advance at the Cedar Keyhole Artist Co-op at 457 2nd St., or on the day of the event between 9am and 1pm at the Cedar Key Arts Center. Info: CedarKeyArtCenter@gmail.com or 352-543-0362.

JUNIOR LEAGUE TOUR OF KITCHENS Saturday, February 20 10:00am GAINESVILLE - Various locations. This is a self-guided tour of 7 – 10 kitchens in some Gainesville homes and commercial kitchens. In each home, a sampling of food, beverage, and dessert is offered from local restaurants. Also featured will be a raffle for a prize. All funds raised are used to support women and children in the community. $35. www. gainesvillejrleague.org/?nd=aprons.

HEALTH SEMINAR Saturday, February 20

THE KING’S HERALD QUARTET

9:00am - 1:00pm GAINESVILLE - UF Hilton Conference Center, 1714 SW 34th St. “AFIB IN FEB.” Atrial fibrillation (afib) is a serious, but treatable heart condition that affects over 2.7 million Americans. Many people don’t even know if they have it or realize the symptoms. Attend this free seminar to see if you are at risk and learn more about heart care. Event features complimentary health screenings and UF Health physician speakers. Register at UFHealth.org/afibevent; 352-733-0000.

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6:30pm OCALA - Christ’s Church of Marion County, 6768 SW 80th St. A favorite with groups of all ages and founded in 1927, The King’s Herald Quartet is the oldest continuous Gospel Quartet in America. Garnering six “Best Male Vocal Group” awards, their acapella style of music has been enjoyed by audiences and dignitaries nationally and internationally. Free. 352-861-6182 or www.ccomc.org.

AFRICAN-AMERICAN READ-IN Saturday, February 20 2:00pm - 3:00pm HAWTHORNE - Alachua County Library Hawthorne Branch, 6640 SE 221st St. Join more than a million readers nationally to celebrate African American authors and literature. Featured readers will include your neighbors and local community leaders from the fields of religion, government, education, and the arts. Refreshments will be served by the Hawthorne Woman’s Club. 352-481-1920.

THE AFRICAN PRESENCE IN BUDDHISM Sunday, February 21 2:30pm - 4:30pm GAINESVILLE - Alachua County Library Headquarters, 401 E University Ave. K.

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A. Shakoor will discuss people of African descent’s experiences with and influence on Buddhism. 352-334-3900.

AFRICAN DANCE AND RHYTHMS WORKSHOP Sunday, February 21 2:30pm - 3:30pm GAINESVILLE - Alachua County Library Millhopper Branch, 3145 NW 43rd St. Learn the basic movements and dance steps of traditional African dance with instructor Noni Jones. 352-334-1272.

INTERNATIONAL TOURING ORGAN Friday, February 26 7:30pm GAINESVILLE - Phillips Center, 3201 Hull Rd. A virtuoso composer-performer unique among keyboardists, Cameron Carpenter’s approach is smashing the stereotypes of organists and organ music while generating a level of acclaim, exposure and controversy unprecedented for an organist. 352-392-2787. performingarts.ufl.edu.

TRADING CLOSETS ALACHUA AFRICAN AMERICAN READ-IN Sunday, February 21 2:00pm - 4:00pm ALACHUA - Alachua County Library Alachua Branch, 14913 NW 140 St. Listen to community leaders and readers share literature celebrating African American laborers from the past. Refreshments provided. 386-462-2592.

A CELEBRATION OF BLACK HISTORY Sunday, February 21 6:00pm GAINESVILLE - Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Gainesville, 4225 NW 34th St. Legendary soprano Dr. Elizabeth Graham will present a program of music from the African American idiom. The event features music by African-American composers including art song, opera, gospel, and spirituals.

WEST AFRICAN DANCE Tuesday, February 23 6:00pm - 7:00pm GAINESVILLE - Alachua County Library Tower Road Branch, 3020 SW 75th St. Local performing artist and dance instructor, Larry D. Rosalez, will teach a class on the art and skill of traditional West African dance. 352-333-2840.

STORIES FROM THE RABBIT HOLE Tuesday, February 23 3:00pm - 4:00pm HIGH SPRINGS - Alachua County Library High Springs Branch, 23779 W US Hwy 27 Baba Turbado tells African American stories for Black History Month. 386-454-2515.

February 26 – 27 Times Vary GAINESVILLE - Gainesville Women’s Club. Altrusa International of Gainesville’s annual sale of bargain-priced, high-quality women’s clothes and accessories. Friday, February 26, 6pm - 8pm; Saturday, February 27, 8am – Noon. Friday’s gala is $50 and includes wine and hors d’oeuvres. Saturday’s event is free. Tickets: 352-380-0879.

FLAMENCO VIVO DANCE TROUPE Sunday, February 28 3:00pm OCALA - Dassance Fine Arts Center, CF Ocalaa Campus, 3001 SW College Rd. The show “Poema de Andalucia” is a journey through the alluring cultures and traditions of the Andalusian provinces in Spain that are thee he home of Flamenco dance. Additionally, the he troupe will lead a free master class at the fine arts center on Monday, February 299 at 12:30pm. Performance tickets are $15 and may be purchased through tickets.cf.edu or through the CF box office by calling 352-873-5810. 3-5810.

PLOWING UP THE PAST Friday, March 4 10:00am NEWBERRY - Dudley Farm Historic State Park, 18730 W. Newberry Rd. See how fields were plowed for spring plantings. Observe participants working the land. Learn about different types of field plows and antique tractors. School groups welcome. Reservations: 352- 472-1142.

RACE THE TORTOISE 5K Saturday, March 5

ARTWALK GAINESVILLE Friday, February 26 7:00pm – 10:00pm GAINESVILLE - Downtown, various venues. Menagerie in Motion has partnered with ArtWalk Gainesville and Bike Florida to make this event a bike-themed evening. Artwalk is a free monthly self-guided tour that combines exciting visual art, live performance and events. www.artwalkgainesville.com.

7:30am HIGH SPRINGS - O’Leno State Park, 410 SE O’Leno Park Rd. This is an out and back certified racecourse with mile markers on the park’s main road, which is both scenic and paved. The proceeds from the race will help provide for the creatures in the Park’s Nature Center and to help expand its exhibits. Register: www.friendsofoleno.org or email friendsofoleno@windstream.net.

Run Amuck with the D Duck Sat., March 5 8:00am GAINESVILLE - Grounds of North Florida Regional Medical Center. This 7th annual 5K walk/run raises funds and awareness for the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. This family and pet friendly event features prizes, snacks and fun for all. Pre-register at tinyurl.com/RunAmuck16. Info: Caren Gorenberg at carengorenberg@gmail. com or 352-256-6263.

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THEATRE Acrosstown Repertory Theatre.....................619 S. Main Street, Gainesville Curtis M. Phillips Center ........................................... 315 Hull Road, Gainesville Fine Arts Hall Theatre - SFC ........................... 3000 NW 83rd St., Gainesville Gainesville Community Playhouse ....... 4039 N.W. 16th Blvd., Gainesville Hippodrome State Theatre................................. 25 SE 2nd Place, Gainesville UF Constans Theatre ................................................. Museum Road, Gainesville Nadine McGuire Blackbox Theatre ................... Museum Road, Gainesville Actors’ Warehouse .............................................. 608 N. Main Street, Gainesville Ocala Civic Theatre ..................................4337 East Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala High Springs Playhouse ................................ 130 NE 1st Avenue, High Springs

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ACTORS’ WAREHOUSE

PHILLIPS CENTER

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof January 22 - February 7

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat March 5

A family celebrates the 65th birthday of Big Daddy, as they sentimentally dub him. The news that Big Daddy is dying slowly makes the rounds. Maggie (Big Daddy’s daughter-in-law) wants to give him the news that she’s finally become pregnant by Big Daddy’s favorite son, Brick — who stays in a mild alcoholic haze the entire length of his visit. By evening’s end, Maggie’s ingenuity, fortitude and passion will set things right.

GAINESVILLE COMMUNITY PLAYHOUSE

Next to Normal January 29 - February 21 An unflinching look at how one suburban household copes with crises and mental illness. Dad’s an architect; Mom rushes to pack lunches and pour cereal; their daughter and son are bright, wisecracking teens, appearing to be a typical American family. And yet their lives are anything but normal, because the mother has been battling manic depression for 16 years. Next To Normal takes audiences into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting their family’s story with love, sympathy and heart.

One of the most enduring shows of all time, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s irresistible family musical is about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son. Directed and choreographed by Tony Awardwinner Andy Blankenbuehler, this new production is a reimagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his 11 brothers and the coat of many colors. The magical musical is full of unforgettable songs, including Go Go Go Joseph, Any Dream Will Do and Close Every

seven children, makes a meager living by cleaning houses. Driven by desperation when her husband walks out on her and she discovers she’s expecting twins, she promises to give one of the babies to her wealthy employer. Separated at birth, the boys grow up at opposite ends of the rags-and-riches spectrum: Mickey in poverty, Edward in privilege. When they meet as children, they develop a friendship and make a pact to become blood brothers – not knowing they already are. As the years go by, their lives are eerily intertwined, spiraling toward a shared fate despite seemingly different destinies. This long-running musical was a phenomenal success in London’s West End, fueled by a rock score of powerful anthems and poignant ballads of raw emotion. Dramatic and devastating, this tragic tale of a shattered family is a haunting experience.

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would be even better if her two passions could unite… Craig Juntenen never wanted children and had taken steps to ensure that it didn’t happen; his wife, Kathi, had known about his tenets when they were dating, and she accepted them. She was, therefore, very surprised when

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