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How to Build Your

Magic Dragon What weighs two tons, has a 20-foot wingspan and bright green eyes? Monty the Dog Gone Dragon. John Andrews has always held a fascination with dragons. Recently he put the finishing touches on Monty, loaded the sculpture onto a truck and competed in the ArtPrize competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan.



ith a 20-foot stainless steel wingspan, 12,500 hand-cut metal scales,

entries were announced. “If we do win, we leave here with much less pressure to immediately sell

brilliant green eyes, and weighing in at a hefty 4,000 pounds, Monty, a Dog Gone Dragon turned heads as he rode a flatbed trailer

Monty, though finding him a home is certainly also the goal. We’ve had some interest, but you never know. And with a public vote on the

up I-75 from Gainesville to Grand Rapids, Mich., to compete in this year’s ArtPrize competition. Once poised in front of Barnes & Thornburg, LLP, Monty’s host business for the international art event, thousands of fans again admired the canine-like dragon. The sculpture remained in the top 25 of 1,524 entries by popular vote throughout the contest. Always accompanied by his creator, Gainesville artist and owner of JRA Welding, John Andrews, Monty drew positive comments from onlookers on his chances of winning the $200,000 grand prize associated with the event. “I’ve heard from people that they think we’ll win,” Andrews said, toward the end of the first two weeks of the competition, before the top 10

variety of entries here, you never know what will happen there either.” Two weeks and 446,850 votes later, however, it was not Monty who took home the top prize. Andrews was left with several other options as to placing his winged creature and recouping his investment into the 100 percent recycled sculpture that took 44 weeks to create. “I was happy to be in the top 25,” Andrews said. “I had a good time there and it was a pretty cool experience. Everybody loved the dragon, especially the kids. I talked myself hoarse some days explaining how Monty came to be. “Of course, I am bummed not to win, but I was lucky to have been there.” Among the facts Andrews lost his voice

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o his high school cross country team, he was known as the sole team member who decided to juggle while doing his workouts. To UF students, he is known as the guy who “joggles” around campus. But to the world, he is known to have broken three Guinness World Records for a talent that some jugglers would not even attempt. Matt Feldman, a 21-year-old electrical engineering senior from West Palm Beach, started his unusual hobby of juggling while running at the age of 16 when his cross-country workouts were just not enough. “Running became synonymous

to juggle, so I just tried putting them together and it worked out really well.” Joggling requires running while looking up and maintaining a juggling pattern with a natural arm swing and the correct angle of hands. Feldman said that at the beginning, he was constantly dropping, but as time progressed, he started improving and what was once just a hobby became a training goal that would make him a hero to jugglers everywhere. During his freshman year of college, Feldman joined Objects in Motion, the UF juggling team that practices and performs on campus and at local events. Ian Elsner, a 24-year-old gradu-

Institute and former president of Objects in Motion, learned the basics of joggling from Feldman and joined him once or twice a week on his runs and for a couple of local 5Ks. “It was kind of fun to run past the street and have every single car looking at you and stopping in mid-text conversation,” he said. Elsner said all the club members were interested in joggling, but only some attempted to joggle with them. “It is kind of intimidating,” Elsner said, “not because of his personality but just because of how good he is.” But Elsner said the members admired Feldman for his unique hobby. “It’s a combination of his skill and the fact that he is the nicest

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From a Unique Hobby to a Lasting Legacy


By Natanya Spies

Imagine the difficulty of juggling. Now combine this activity with running. It’s called joggling, and Matt Feldman, a 21-year-old electrical engineering senior holds three Guinness World Records. Feldman started his unusual hobby at the age of 16 when his cross-country workouts were just not enough.


The Black & White Kite


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highlights the research conducted by the Gainesville-


based Avian Research and Conservation Institute (ARCI). The exhibit runs along a back wall at the museum;

ut in the field studying threatened birds,

biologists at the Avian Research and Conservation Institute come ready with notebooks, binoculars and peeled eyes. They are searching for the long, gangly legs of a wood stork or the scarlet-

four oil paintings as wide as outstretched arms show the striking black-and-white bird against colorful skies. The deep purples of dusk. The pale oranges of dawn.

splattered belly of a magnificent frigatebird. It can be slow work studying animals whose

The bright blues of midday overtop a brown and blue marsh.

environmental crises may seem quieter than others. “Curiosity and patience — that’s what’s really important,” said Ken Meyers, executive director at the institute. But one particular imperiled bird, the swallow-tailed

The kite, a large but fragile bird of prey, has a white body, black-tipped wings and a graceful shape clearly built for soaring. Photographs, penciled drawings and illustrated

kite, has recently captured the attention of not just researchers, but artists as well. The story of its declin-

poetry create a fuller picture of the bird’s beauty and ecological significance.

ing habitat and hazardous 5,000-mile migration to South America has come to life in a multimedia exhibit at the Florida Museum of Natural History. The exhibit runs until April 13, 2014, and contains

The swallow-tailed kite has always been a part of Meyers’ avian research since the 1980s. After receiving a Bachelor’s degree in zoology and a doctorate in behavioral ecology, Meyers moved to Gainesville to

work by painter Margo McKnight, nature photographer Jim Gray and poet Christine Cock. The exhibit also

work as a researcher at UF. He co-founded the ARCI, a registered nonprofit, in 1997.

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By Courtney Lindwall


Shown here are two of Margo McKnight’s four large oil paintings displayed at the Florida Museum of Natural History exhibit, “A Swallow-Tailed Kite’s 10,000-mile Journey.” McKnight has a history in both art and conservation, with a degree in zoology but experience in design. She based her paintings of the bird on photographs by Jim Gray, as and her own experience. She wanted to bring out the visual interest of the kite by contrasting its black and white feathers against the colors of the landscape and sky.

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Experience the epic 10,000-mile migration of the swallow-tailed kite, a black and white bird of prey that travels each year to Brazil. The bird’s journey has come to life in the Florida Museum of Natural History’s multimedia exhibit, featuring paintings, photography and poetry.



ON THE COVER Chuck Martin — professor, singer-songwriter, entertainer. When he’s not on campus teaching his students the basics of chemistry he can be found in various local venues performing his particular style of rock ‘n’ roll, or rockabilly, or hosting his music variety show.



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Premium Rush The Fascination of Niagara Falls BY SARAH A. HENDERSON


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Roaring Riptide P.K. Yonge’s High School Robotics Team BY COURTNEY LINDWALL

20 Charity of the Month Winners 116 Taste of the Town 124 Community Calendar 168 Advertiser Index

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Holiday Traditions In December, the Alachua County Youth Orchestra and the nonprofit “Stop Children’s Cancer” are teaming up once again to present the 17th Annual Holiday Traditions: A Musical Celebration. This family friendly event celebrating the holiday season takes a “kids helping kids” approach to pediatric cancer awareness while supporting arts and music in area schools. “Holiday Traditions combines two fantastic programs: Support of music in our public schools and helping kids with cancer,” said Julie Hill, executive director of Stop Children’s Cancer. “The concert features songs that celebrate the entire holiday season so it is an uplifting, positive, joyful experience that everyone will enjoy.” The concert will feature talent from the Alachua County Youth Orchestra, the Gainesville Youth Chorus and Concertina Choir, PK

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Yonge Vocal Ensemble, Santa Fe High School Concert Choir, and The Villages High School Concert Choir. Professor Emeritus Gary Langford will once again conduct the Alachua County Youth Orchestra, as the Musical Director for Holiday Traditions. Langford has conducted the ACYO for “25 or 30 years,” he said in a recent telephone interview. “With an extremely limited amount of rehearsal time I am always amazed at how the orchestra rises to each and every occasion,” Langford wrote in the October ACYO newsletter. “With a choir of 120 voices, many new orchestra members and the many logistical concerns, it is always a challenging and full day for a very worthy cause. Not to mention our own concert that same evening at 7:30.” The ACYO performs its winter concert later that evening, following the Stop Children’s Cancer Benefit.

For more than 40 years, the orchestra has been providing free concerts for the residents of Alachua and the surrounding counties and typically provides or participates in four concerts a year: The Winter concert, Stop Children’s Cancer Concert, Spring Concert and the Meet the Orchestra/Fifth Grade Concert. This year the orchestra has 72 student members primarily in 6th - 12th grade. Membership in the orchestra is through auditions held each fall. The orchestra is a not-for-profit 501c3 corporation run by a board of directors composed primarily of parent volunteers. Support for the orchestra has come from state, county and city grants, private donations as well as annual dues paid by the members. s Proceeds from Holiday Traditions go to pediatric cancer clinical trials at the University of Florida. For more information visit:


Happy New Year? I know it might seem strange talking about the New Year in November, but such is the case when publishing a quarterly magazine. We’re always looking ahead, months in advance. So it’s also Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah too — with Valentine’s Day thrown in for good measure. Winter is upon us with its crisp temperatures and its short days and once again I’m left wondering where the year went. Alas, it is time to be thinking about 2014 — which is hard to do while I’m still getting stories together for the remainder of 2013. Which brings us to this edition of Our Town. Within these pages you will find a smorgasbord of stories celebrating the people and events that make Gainesville such a great place to live and work — and explore. Do you know that you can use your cell phone to experience a free tour of Old Florida? (Phone rates, however, do apply.) Learn about one writer’s experience exploring our area, in her car with her cell phone, from Micanopy to Paynes Prairie to Cross Creek. And speaking of Cross Creek, 75 years ago worldrenown author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings penned “The Yearling” while living there. Set in North Florida, the novel went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1939. Now, 75 years after “The Yearling” was published, we continue to celebrate Rawlings and her works. Read all about this remarkable woman, and learn about the extensive Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Collection that is housed at the University of Florida’s George A. Smathers Libraries. We also bring you a small sampling of interesting organizations that can be found on the campuses of P.K. Yonge and UF, ranging from Kickboxing to Robotics to Joggling. Yes, that’s spelled correctly. Joggling is the combination of running while you juggle and one particular UF student happens to hold some impressive records in this unique sport. We also offer you stories about a young woman who started a charity to assist children with birth defects, another group that mentors young men, as well as stories about non-profits, artists, musicians and professors. So we hope that 2013 was great and 2014 will be even better! Happy Days! s







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is a senior studying journalism at the University of Florida. She is originally from Pretoria, South Africa, and her love for writing started when she used it as a way to improve her English after moving to the United States as a 6-year-old.

is a retired lawyer who grew up in Alachua County. Her work has appeared in national, regional, and local publications. Mary, an active member of the Writers’ Alliance of Gainesville, is an alumna of the University of Florida.

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is a recent graduate of UF’s College of Journalism and Communications. She has been writing for as long as she can remember. She enjoys spending time with her friends, family and animals.

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is a free-lance writer and photographer who has lived in Gainesville since 1995. He enjoys playing basketball, Gator sports and nature photography.

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Beauty Haven Equine Rescue AUGUST 2013 WINNER – 3,867 VOTES

From her farm in Morriston, Theresa Batchelor breathes life back into the broken horses. hey come to her starved and beaten. Some have been abandoned and left to die. If not saved, many would be slaughtered. Above all, the horses are scared. Batchelor, her family and a team of dedicated volunteers work together as a part of Beauty’s Haven Farm and Equine Rescue to give these horses a second chance at life. The rescue won $1,000 in the August SunState Federal Credit Union’s Charity of the Month contest with 3,867 votes votes on Facebook. Batchelor takes horses in for rehabilitation and, if possible, will adopt them back out once they are healthy. “She gets the worst of the worst,” said Jeanne Bartsch, who works on the nonprofit’s board of directors. “They need surgeries. They’re at death’s door. But she’s magical. She has this way so that most of them do survive.” The story of Batchelor’s equine rescue began long ago — with a horse named Beauty. Years of health problems and surgeries had left Batchelor as an “incomplete quadriplegic” and unable to feel her arms or legs. Although told by doctors she would never walk again,


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physical therapy and determination allowed Batchelor to not only walk but also to continue the things she loved, such as horseback riding. During this period, she was contacted about a young Arabian mare, abused and seized by the county. His name was Beauty. It took time, but the shy, traumatized horse eventually formed a close bond with Batchelor. “Theresa knew she needed the mare as much as the mare needed her,” the organization’s website reads. The relationship with her rehabilitated horse spurred her to action. With Beauty in mind, Batchelor decided to dedicate her time to saving horses in need. The rescue filed as an official nonprofit in 2006, and the horses have continued to find refuge at her Morriston farm ever since. Many of the volunteers at the farm are veterinary students from the University of Florida, and in this way, Beauty’s Haven has become a community effort. Horses like Spirit, the blind mare who arrived severely wounded just a year ago, can now be seen on the organization’s website as just one of the haven’s many success stories. Adopted out and socialized, Spirit embodies the difference a year of compassion can make. s Learn more at BeautysHavenFarmAndEquineRescue


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Carson Springs Wildlife SEPTEMBER 2013 WINNER – 2,204 VOTES

They first fell in love with big cats on the plains of South Africa. hristine and Barry Janks would travel to Shingwedzi a few weeks out of the year to visit the cheetahs and other wild animals and work with a conservation nonprofit. “But it was too far to go,” Barry said. “We decided to take a rescue or two here. It turned into 50.” The couple now runs Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation, which won SunState Federal Credit Union’s September Charity of the Month contest with 2204 votes on Facebook. Their nonprofit is located in the northeast corner of Gainesville, a nearly 300-acre swath of land housing everything from Bengal tigers to lions to giraffes. They used their experience working with wildlife in South Africa to get started. “When you start working with the animals and the large exotics, you realize how much people need to see and know these animals to understand them,” Barry said. “That kind of scared me. A lot of these animals are going extinct.” In South Africa, a large part of their goal was education, specifically for the local kids. Since moving their conservation work home to Florida, the focus has stayed the same. The facility is not open to the public, but tours are available by appointment. Donors, school groups, 4-H clubs and birthday parties come to the property to see Sunflower, the 3-year-old Bengal tiger, or Jay and Mocha, the rescued cougars. But along the way, visitors learn the crisis these animals face, as well. While natural habitat is disappearing, most of the animals taken in by Barry and Christine come from neglectful or abusive owners. “We call it the ‘pets-gone-wrong’ section,” Barry said. “Someone gets a little cute cat that they think is going to be such an adorable thing — and they are until they get to about 2 years old. Then they decide they’d rather


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be out in nature.” Their first rescued animal, Tocatta the African serval, came from a woman’s apartment in Oklahoma City. With a proper diet and enclosure, they were able to save Tocatta from severe health problems including seizures. With the appropriate space and knowledge to house these animals, Christine and Barry have been able to pull dozens of others from life-threatening conditions. Because so much of their work is rehabilitation, many of the volunteers are students from UF’s veterinary school. Additionally, the nonprofit’s current big project is to build an animal hospital on-site so that treating them will be easier. But for as much as they give to the animals that need them, they still feel blessed. “I had no idea they could be as sweet and wonderful and affectionate as they are. The big cats, as long as they have a nice life — they’re really giving back to you.” s


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Gentle Carousel Therapy Horses OCTOBER 2013 WINNER – 2,188 VOTES

He is just a few feet tall, but Magic the miniature horse can fill a room with joy. nown for his black coat, blue eyes and (of course) tiny size, Magic visits those who need him most. He is the most famous on his team of 27 miniature horses — all therapy animals that visit hospitals, hospices, assisted living programs and disaster relief areas. They are part of a larger organization, Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses, which has won $1,000 in the October SunState Federal Credit Union’s Charity of the Month contest with 2,188 votes on Facebook. The registered nonprofit was founded and is run by Debbie Garcia-Bengochea and her husband Jorge. It began about a decade ago when the couple purchased their first two miniature horses for their North Florida ranch. The horses would graze in a pasture in front of their bed-bound neighbor’s window. With curiosity piqued, the neighbor one day asked them to bring the miniature horses closer so he could have a better look. Immediately, the neighbor was thrilled. He was so excited to see the tiny horses that he got out of bed to pet and play with them. It was then that Debbie and Jorge realized the emotional power these pint-sized animals could have. Since then, the couple has bought and bred an entire team of horses and traveled the world bringing comfort and happiness wherever they go. The team has found international success. Magic was named one of Time Magazine’s 10 most heroic animals, and on the Reader’s Digest list of Hometown Heroes, Magic was the only animal that made the cut. The AARP also named Magic the most heroic pet in America. The Carousel therapy horses are now Breyer Model horses, becoming a part of the classic toy legacy. And some of the horses are now working outside of Athens, Greece, in orphanages, hospitals, schools and programs for the elderly. But even though it has found success worldwide, the North Florida organization remains involved at home. Outside of visiting those in need, Gentle Carousel runs an award-winning literacy program called Reading


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is Magic. The miniature horses visit local libraries, schools and at-risk youth programs to bring stories to life and inspire young readers. Whether visiting young children touched with illness or communities faced with disaster, Gentle Carousel’s miniature horses bring larger-than-life joy to everyone they meet. s Learn more at


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Airborne Angels Giving a Lift to Patients in Need

WRITTEN BY COURTNEY LINDWALL PHOTOGRAPHY BY TJ MORRISSEY hey are flights of compassion. A moment of relief for a family with nothing left to spare. A gift of kindness, of generosity, of life to a patient who is fighting. Volunteer pilots at Angel Flight Southeast step up to provide free air transportation to those who have compelling medical or humanitarian needs, but cannot afford it themselves. With more than 25 years under its belt, the nonprofit organization now coordinates around 650 volunteer pilots across the region. On average, it provides 3,000 flights a year, at zero cost to passengers. There are those who need immediate transportation to a recently available organ, often


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hundreds of miles away. Those calls come at 2 a.m. There are those whose specialized care can only be provided across the country — at the hospital that can treat their rare disease. There are the battered women who are flown away from abusive

top of that, they love to give back.” Angel Flight Southeast operates in Florida and is headquartered in Leesburg. Any destinations outside of Florida become “multi-leg” trips and are coordinated with volunteer pilots in similar national or regional organizations.

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because you’re generally not just flying them once or twice — but 20, 30 or 100 times,” Purello said. “Over the years that you’re helping them, you get to know them and their families. Some of them don’t make it; they pass through. Some get completely better and don’t need our services anymore.” Since becoming CEO, Purello said that seeing the sheer volume of requests has helped him appreciate his own good fortune. “It just reminds you each day when you’re picking up the phones — if you’re healthy, you’re doing

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OK,” Purello said. Before stepping in as CEO, Purello was a volunteer pilot. Today, he still flies patients regularly. In fact, he is the “24/7 guy.” When an organ becomes available, there’s a very narrow window to fly in the person who needs it. Purello is on the list of pilots who will take those calls. One of the organization’s biggest hubs is Gainesville. The Gainesville Airport is the second most popular destination for Angel Flight SE, behind Tampa. Most are seeking specialized care from UF Health Shands Hospital that is

available nowhere else in the state. Peter Roode, who lives in Gainesville, is a six-year volunteer pilot with Angel Flight SE but has racked up around 4,500 hours of fly-time during his life. Before Roode volunteered his time for Angel Flight, he was a surgeon. He would fly around the country and “fill in” for other physicians who were sick, on vacation or otherwise unavailable. Roode prefers to fly the urgent missions. Roode said he recently flew a 9-year-old girl and her mother to Tampa’s children’s

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imagination,” Andrews said. “I played the game Dungeons and Dragons as a child, inspiring me to create my own big, bold and lifelike dragon. When my dog Norm passed away in December 2011, during my grieving process, I found myself molding his spirit into the dragon — his smile, him sitting with a bulging chest and his watchful eye.” While the dog lovingly became a part of the dragon, the dragon itself was originally inspired by a looming

Self-taught artist, John Andrews, is a welder by trade, using recycled metals to create his one-of-a-kind sculptures, both small and large. Said Andrews, “Welding pays the bills, but my real passion is creating — bringing joy to others through my art!” Andrews’ largest dragon sculptures were favorites at international competitions.

balloon mortgage payment. Faced with the need for a large sum of cash by year’s end, Andrews decided to take on a large art project — with an equally impressive price tag — hoping to earn extra income to supplement his welding business proceeds. Norm, too, finished in the top 25 at ArtPrize. While on display there, he was purchased by Castle Farms, a wedding venue in Charlevoix, Mich.,and that loan commitment was paid. For now, Monty sits at Andrews’ brother’s farm in Michigan. With no buyer as yet for his second dragon, Andrews has taken to Craigslist to seek a new home for the winged creature. Listed for sale in Chicago, Louisville, and Indianapolis as simply “a large, solid-welded piece that can be hung for display or sit on its tail,” the sculpture carries a $125,000 price tag. With a certified appraised value of more than twice his list price, Monty would seem to be a steal to just the right art-lover.

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“Monty, a Dog Gone Dragon” has 12,500 hand-cut metal scales, and weighs 4,000 pounds. Andrews hopes to find a theme park home for his creation.

If no such person, business or community makes an acceptable offer on Monty, Andrews still has the option to rent the sculpture for events, entering it in additional art competitions, or placing it for sale on a website dedicated to sculpture offerings. No matter which route he takes, Andrews cannot begin another art project until he pays off the material costs for Monty, and the bills that mounted as he spent time welding for art instead of income. A professional welder for 20 years before he went into business for himself in 2010, Andrews may have to focus on traditional welding work while thoughts of his next dragon handiwork take shape in his mind only. Keeping with the precedent he has set in modeling his artwork after deceased canine pets, he has a long list of potential pooches — nominated by friends and family members — to choose from in bringing life to the next dragon-being. “The dog I choose will have to be a big one,” Andrews said. “I’ve already decided the next dragon will be bigger, have a mechanical, moving head and breathe fire.” s

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I will not – cannot – forget for life. Some who visit Niagara hear the falls before they see them. My friends and I, traveling to the falls from the Ontario town of Niagaraon-the-Lake, glimpsed the falls on our drive before later hearing their roar. At that moment, I remember thinking only, “Wow.” Niagara Falls, fed by the waters of the Great Lakes, consists of three sets of expansive waterfalls situated on the border of Canada and the United States. American Falls of Niagara flows down the U.S. side, toppling from a height of 70 to 110 feet onto the larger-than-life boulders at the edge of the Niagara River below. Just on the other side of tiny Luna Island from American Falls is Bridal Veil Falls,

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Arguably the most breathtaking segment of Niagara Falls is Horseshoe Falls, whose curved shape resembles — you got it — a horseshoe.

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surrounding area. This water divergence also helps curb erosion, according to Canada’s Niagara Parks Commission Administration. It is thought that before the water redirect, the falls eroded back three feet each year due to the sheer power of the water. Now, that figure is estimated at one foot per year. The falls formed about 12,000 years ago. Louis Hennepin, a Franciscan monk, was the first Western explorer to make note of the falls. Today, multitudes of tourists from across the globe travel to the falls annually, with an estimated 12 million visitors each summer. Because of its unique geographical location, these millions of onlookers can flock to the

Canadian side or the American side of Niagara Falls — or both — to experience one of the world’s most breathtaking natural wonders. Many consider the Canadian side the better of the two, though, because visitors on the Canadian side can enjoy an awe-inspiring view of Horseshoe Falls along with American and Bridal Veil Falls views. Knowing this, my friends and I decided to visit Niagara Falls’ Canadian side. We arrived by car from the north with a full afternoon ahead of us after a morning visit to the quaint town of Niagara-on-theLake for shopping and lunch. We parked about quarter mile or so past Horseshoe Falls and walked past pocket parks and vendors

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Niagara Falls experience. After waiting my turn to approach the metal railing that separates tourists from the falls, I snapped a hefty portion of those few dozen photos and went to find my friends in the crowd for our next stop along the falls. At some point growing up, I had heard about the Maid of the Mist, the iconic Niagara Falls boat tour and its even more iconic ponchos.

Somewhere, I suppose I saw footage or photos or heard conversations about people in ponchos packed onto a large boat, desperately clutching to cameras in the wind. And as such, this was an adventure I could not miss. We walked about 15 or 20 minutes from Horseshoe Falls along the walkway that followed the Niagara River to where the boat tours began. The walk would not have

Niagara Falls visitors have the option of visiting the Canadian or American side — or both. My friends and I chose the Canadian side for the better view of Horseshoe Falls. According to the Niagara Falls State Park website, 681,750 gallons of water cascade over Horseshoe Falls each second, reaching its base with 2,509 tons of force.

taken so long, but we inevitably stopped several times for photos of the perfect view of American Falls just across the river. Once we arrived at the Maid of the Mist launch location, to buy our tickets. The company allows American dollars on the Canadian side, if that’s all you have. We then followed the others onto the winding ramp down to the boats. The first Maid of the Mist voyage

took place in 1846, when the company served as a ferry between the Canadian and American sides of the falls. In 1885, the Maid converted to tourist tours of Niagara Falls, where riders are steered into the massive cloud of mist and rainbows near Horseshoe Falls. Once aboard our boat, my friends and I took a quick run up the stairs to the top level for the best view. We managed to find one

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If you choose to visit the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, do not miss a quick trip to Niagara-on-the-Lake, a nearby Southern Ontario town of quaint shops and restaurants.

American Falls twice — on the way to Horseshoe Falls and back — and delivered probably the most memorable experience of the falls when you are engulfed in Horseshoe Falls’ relentless mist. After gliding past American Falls toward Horseshoe Falls, the mist begins in spurts — enough to give you a reason to pack away your non-waterproof camera under your poncho. Then, just like we saw other boats disappear into the mist from our earlier walkway aerial view, so did we. Suddenly, we were surrounded by walls of mist. Driven by the wind they hit us in sheets. We could hear screams of laughter from other boat riders. Then we could see it through the water vapor — those impressive gallons upon gallons of water pouring right in front of us, plummeting more than 180 feet down the colossal Horseshoe Falls. Understatement: I highly recommend a Maid of the Mist boat tour. After the Maid of the Mist tour,

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my friends and I popped into a few souvenirs shops, and then headed back to our car to call an end to our Niagara Falls adventure. There is much to do at Niagara, if you have the time – and we barely scratched its surface. On the American side, Niagara Falls State Park offers hiking, the Niagara Scenic Trolley service and a thrilling attraction next to falls called the Cave of the Winds. There is also the popular Niagara Falls Observation Tower and Aquarium at Niagara, among other attractions.

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I knew if we could treat people the way we did, and offer an ongoing service, then it would be viable.” To expand his reach of service and develop lasting business relationships, Katz opened Auto ER. In keeping with the medical theme, the immaculately clean, full-service auto repair shop is an all-encompassing hospital for cars. The care and attention customers receive – from the manager who has 18 years of experience all the way to the ASE Master Technician’s – is what you would hope to find in a true hospital. As an active member of the community – Katz is chairman of the board of ElderCare of Alachua County and Meals on Wheels, and remains involved in a myriad on nonprofits – he prides himself on holding a trustworthy reputation of delivering amazing service and quality at the fairest price. Auto ER brakes the mold of the independent repair facility by offering its customers a suite of amenities typically found only in high-line new car dealerships. These include, free refreshments and snacks in a beautiful waiting room, free Wi-Fi, an onsite Hertz Rental Car Agency and a courtesy shuttle van offering rides to and from home or work. Living to serve their customers, Auto ER is open seven days a week. “Dealing with automotive issues can be time consuming, in some cases it can even be a hassle, Auto ER is hassle free,” Katz said, “I don’t care if someone is in for a free inspection or spending thousands of dollars, it is our policy to exceed their every expectation and earn their trust and loyalty for a lifetime.”

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Chemistry Chuck Martin — Distinguished Rocker; Nutty Professor BY ALBERT ISAAC

he Colonel. Charles Ray. Nano Tech Pioneer. Professor Charles Raymond Martin is known by many names. In addition to being a popular chemistry instructor at the University of Florida, he is also a prolific songwriter and musician, having performed in a variety of bands including dblWiDE, The Lousy Monkees and The Righteous Kind. But there was a time when this self-proclaimed genius boy was floundering in school. Raised in a bluecollar family (his father a factory worker, his mother a classically trained pianist), in Cincinnati, Ohio, Martin said he was born an artist, but his father saw that in him — and snuffed it out. “I was a little daydreaming artist who was kind of a showoff, and he stamped that out of me,” Martin said, as he sat on the couch in the home he shares with his wife, Amy Lynn, three cats and a turtle. He was also obsessed with books from a very early age, and read everything he could get his hands on. “I had an interest in things scientific, and I was a

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scholar about it,” he said. “I was 10 years old and collecting fossils and rock samples, and I’d go to the library and check out these books and find my fossil and write it down on this piece of paper.” But then one night, when he was in first or second grade, his father sat him down and asked him a series of questions about basic math and English. “And after that he said, ‘Oh my God,’” Martin said. “In elementary school, there were two broad classes: the bright and the dim. And I was in a dim class. I felt very stung by that. So my dad sat with me every night and made me understand mathematics.” Martin got up from the couch and began to pace the room. “So, I’m in this elementary school. I’m in the dim class. We learn somewhere in the fifth grade, that in the sixth grade...” Martin paused to gather his thoughts. “In sixth grade you are given a ranking. There was college prep, but there was this ranking of academic. Then there was general, and they were going to be geared for good jobs, maybe draftsmen. So they say there’s going to be a letter coming to your home, and it’s going to tell you which class you’re in. I don’t know if I’ve ever told anybody this story — well Amy knows this story. I remember thinking, please, let me be academic class. I know I’m not going to make college prep, that’s not going to be possible. Please let me be academic, I’ll work really, really hard.” Martin paused and wiped his eyes behind his black-rim glasses. “Sorry, I’m such a square,” he said. “I remember, I come home, my mom and dad are in the living room. They say, ‘well, a letter came today.’ And it said I was college prep. I couldn’t believe it. I was college prep.” Martin said by the time he graduated he was not in the top ten, but he was very close. “There was just an amazing transformation in those years. And

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basically, it was my father’s doing,” Martin said. “But the artistic side got lost and, as a result, for most of my adult life I was miserable. Believe me, I think about it a lot now. That’s one thing about turning 60, you look back and try to put the frickin’ pieces together.” Martin’s hard work paid off. He now holds the honor of being a Distinguished Professor at the University of Florida, an exclusive club — less than 2 percent of the faculty, Martin said.

100 chemists of the past decade (2000-2010) by Thomson Reuters. But before all these accomplishments, Martin was struggling through his life without music. “I went to graduate school — dare I say it? — in the year 1975. And for that decade I didn’t play any music at all. Longer than that,” he said. “I was an assistant professor trying to get tenure. For many, many years, my career was the only thing I did well in my life. And I thought that was normal. I was a young, ambitious, ruthlessly motivated young man and I didn’t see anything wrong with that. But now, after meeting Amy “I have to be a and getting some love in recording artist and my life, I look back at that and have to say my life I have to be a performing wasn’t very much in artist. And I now view that, in balance. Here I was some ways, as part of a job that I basically focusing do. And I have my university job. on one and only one thing at the exclusion So the ebb and flow goes back of everything — two and forth, but between those failed marriages, no two jobs I work 60 hours a children, no commuweek for sure. And I just nity. So I failed at every go go go go go.” other aspect of my life, except my career went gangbusters. I pursued it relentlessly, like some “They used to say 1 percent but I think they increased it,” he said with a chuckle. “Once they let me in, they had to let anybody in.” Martin’s accomplishments include: University of Florida Distinguished Professor since July 2006; University of Florida Research Foundation Professorship, March 2005 — February 2008; Department of Anesthesiology, Professor, September 2003 to present; Department of Chemistry — Colonel Allan R. and Margaret G. Crow Professor of Chemistry, September 2003 to present; Professor of Chemistry, August 1999 to present; Director — Center for Research at the Bio/Nano Interface, January 2000 to present. Additionally, Martin has been identified as one of the world’s top

little machine. But I was miserable during those years. My life was a wreck and I didn’t even know it. I can’t live that way anymore.” Eventually, while living in Colorado, Martin began to strike a balance between his music and his science; he reconnected with his inner artist. “I played in a classic rock cover band called Hair of the Dog, and I played in a sort of folk-pop comedy duo called The Smothered Brothers,” he said. “Then I had an act called Jack Fish. All in Colorado.” In those days Martin was living by a little lake. Across that lake he could see Scorpio in the southern sky.


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Chuck Martin hams it up and poses with the award he garnered from the American Chemical Society (ACS) for having one of the most-cited papers published in the 25-year history of the ACS “Journal Chemistry of Materials.” Readers can see the many aspects of Martin (music, science, comedy, art) on the ChuckMartinGeniusBoy YouTube channel.

“I would sit out there on my deck at night, looking at Scorpio, and this voice kept repeating in my head: ‘Come to the South. Come to the South.’ Night after night. All of a sudden, there’s this [position] at UF. And you know what it was all about? It was about meeting my wife, Amy Lynn.” So Martin moved to Gainesville, still focused on his career, but he also continued playing and became interested in Rockabilly. “There is absolutely no middle ground with me,” he said. “Everything is an obsession. In the mid to late ‘90s I got obsessed with Rockabilly.”

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Martin said he came to Gainesville with two objectives in mind: to excel as a professor and to start a Rockabilly band. Did he find balance? “No,” he said. “There was better balance. Now I was doing music again. Music is in me, biologically. And I denied that for many years. Yes, the balance was coming back. But I was flying to all the chemical conferences, and writing grant proposal after grant proposal, and had a research group of 25 people in those years. So the balance was getting there, because now I was doing music and it became

important to me. And it was the first time that I thought I had become an artist. I was doing my own music and that was a very profound thing.” Martin could barely contain his enthusiasm as he bounded across his living room to play some snippets of his latest project. He cued it up and a thundering guitar chord resounded from his speakers. “I’m recording this at Goldentone Studio,” he said. “A shout-out to Rob McGregor. He’s über, über efficient. He works with artists really well, and he has a tremendous ear,” Martin said. “This


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[CD] is a breakthrough for me. It’s not a band. I recorded 14 original songs and seven of them I recorded with Tom Miller on bass and Larry Thompson on drums. Their contributions are unbelievable. Half are just me with acoustic guitar.”

The work in progress is an open palette, he said, upon which other local musicians will be adding their talents. “It is a great departure from anything I’ve done before and it’s scary in the sense that I don’t know

what it’s going to become.” Martin said his new album defies genre, citing his musical obsessions as Marvin Gaye, Jackie Wilson, The Temptations and James Brown, as well as some jazz standards. As we go to press, the soon-to-be 60-year-old is planning his “Genius Boy Music” album release show and birthday party on November 22 at Loosey’s Downtown. These days, when Martin is not in front of his students at UF, he can be found on stage in various downtown Gainesville venues playing his

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“Anything that hat he wanted to do, d musically,” usicallly,” Miller said. “He seemed seem to like ke my m bass playing aying and I’m still s working with him today. He’s really ally just a tremendous, very giving guy. And he works 10 times harder than anybody in the band to make sure the audience is having a terrific time.” Miller is also a regular contributor to Chuck Martin’s Genius Boy Music Show, which is filmed before a live audience at The Bull. The show features a variety of artists including Jason Hedges, Michelle Banfield and Rob McGregor. Episodes can be found on YouTube, and once Martin’s new album is finished he plans on making music videos. “If you have the ambition of being a 21st-century recording artist, you have to realize it’s really not about making the recording,” he said. “If anybody’s going to learn about you they’re going to learn about you on YouTube.” “He is the king genius boy,” Miller said. “And we’re all geniuses together.” s


[drummer] to clap and snap,” Amy said with a laugh. “Something a lot of people don’t know, I play the piano — I’m a classically trained pianist — but I’m not a performer. It was a little nerve-wracking.” What is Martin’s secret for success in both the arts and sciences? “I can’t sit still. I don’t watch TV,” Martin said. “I have to be a recording artist and I have to be a performing artist. And I now view that, in some ways, as part of a job that I do. And I have my university job. So the ebb and flow goes back and forth, but between those two jobs I work 60 hours a week for sure. And I just go go go go go.” “He doesn’t stop going,” Amy said. “He just never stops.” Friend and bandmate Tom Miller agreed. “He has explosive energy,” Miller said. “There are people a third his age that don’t have a tenth of his energy.” Miller said he was lured out of musical retirement by Martin several years ago and has been playing bass in his groups ever since.


music (solo or in a band) or even hosting his own variety show, with wife Amy Lynn cheering him on. The couple met through a mutual friend after a dblWIDE concert 11 years ago and have been together ever since. “He’s great,” Amy said in a telephone interview. “He makes me laugh every single day, and that’s one of the most important things I love about him the most. He doesn’t take himself too seriously. He’s brilliant and he’s not a snob, despite doing all that he does.” Amy described how the two had met after his concert and then went to the 2nd Street Speakeasy in downtown Gainesville. “The conversation was so natural and easy, before you know it they were kicking us out the bar,” she said. “We just were always together after that.” Amy can also be heard on the new album but admitted she it not a performer. “I did go in with Larry Thompson




Gate Crashing On Deck: The Rebel & The Anchor, Big Boat DATE: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2013 VENUE: 1982 BAR reetings, live music aficionados! This issue finds us at one of my favorite live local music venues, 1982 Bar, at 919 West University Avenue in Midtown Gainesville. This evening’s entertainment was the second day of a “Free Show Fest” where 1982 did not require a cover charge. The preceding night had been an open mic/comedy event, followed by two weekend nights of free music.


Big Boat

1982 is a small, intimate bar, with no smoking. The space has a long history of being a music venue. Back in the mid-1990s, the venue began as the original location of Common Grounds, which subsequently moved downtown to a much bigger space (which is currently known as the High Dive). For a short time thereafter, famed venue the Purple Porpoise (previously located just across the street from the University of Florida) had also occupied the same building. After that, it was

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called Midtown (appropriately enough) for awhile. But enough history. Nowadays 1982 Bar offers live music on many nights and another feature of the venue, available whether there is music or not, is old school video games such as the original Nintendo Entertainment System, Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64, GameCube, etc., and free Wi-Fi. The first act up was, well, me. But we’re not here to hear about me, dear reader. The penultimate band was called The Rebel & The Anchor. The two principals are Andrew Lovette on lead vocals and Stevie Benz on guitars and vocals. Rather than a conventional rock band, their Facebook page describes them as a “collective of songwriters,” so presumably both Andrew and Stevie write the songs. They also had a drummer, who is not listed on their Facebook page, and may be a new addition to the “collective,” since a Facebook post about the show states, “Excited to add a piece to the project.” Although I suppose that that statement could also apply to a song being debuted, since it would not be out of character for the members of a musical collective — as opposed to a plain ol’ rock ‘n’ roll band — to refer to one of their compositions as a “piece.” At any rate, Stevie had a nice Fat Telecaster (socalled because it replaces the traditional neck single coil with a humbucker), with a Nashville Telecaster (which adds a middle Strat pickup to the usual two Tele pickups) in reserve, and a lovely Vox amp (an AC30 I think, much nicer than the littler Vox I’d used), along with a whole lot of pedal board effects. Prerecorded backing tracks of a bass were played through a




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to many if not most), the songs had a very professional and “produced” feel. Perhaps hemmed in by having to play with backing tracks, however, the drummer played very sparingly with almost no embellishment.

The Rebel & The Anchor had made its debut just a little over a month prior, but one would never have known from their performance. The songs tended to be very atmospheric and “cinematic” sounding.

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rackmount amp and an Ampeg 4x10 cab, along with other tracks to fill out the sound. (Because of all the effects, it was difficult to tell whether, on a given song, one was hearing keyboards or a particularly heavily “treated” guitar, especially without the visual cue of a person onstage to look at.) The collective had made its debut just a little over a month prior, but one would never have known from their performance. The songs tended to be very atmospheric and “cinematic” sounding, sort of a Coldplay meets U2 (especially the guitar with heavy effects) meets mellow indie vibe. Other than a couple very, very minor difficulties with some falsetto vocals (which were well “covered” and probably not even noticeable

Closing was Big Boat, a band formed in 2008 by some old school Hogtowners who had been members of the ‘80s fledgling music scene, after a chance meeting at a show by The Silos. Lead singer/guitarist Kevin Putansu (Naomi’s Hair) and drummer Joel Robert (Unconditioned Response) have more recently been joined by bassist/ backing vocalist Kevin Alan Bailey (who also plays in the current Gainesville band The Up And Up). Without sounding overly retro, Big Boat are reminiscent of early ‘80s college rock like R.E.M. and the Violent Femmes, and in fact they covered “Prove My Love” by the latter late in their set. The rhythm section especially shined, perhaps partly due to the contrast to the preceding act having played with backing tracks. Bailey plays fingerstyle bass which can get busy, yet without losing its melodic character, and Robert drums just enough to accent those parts of the song as needed, going from swinging to bashing. The guitar sounds were much more direct than those of the prior band, most often simply being played “clean” and unadorned into the amp. Good stuff. While perhaps not as “polished” as the act they followed, Big Boat were livelier, and that sat just fine with me. Now, go see some bands. s

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Falling into Place From a Unique Hobby to a Lasting Legacy

BY NATANYA SPIES o his high school cross country team, he was known as the sole team member who decided to juggle while doing his workouts. To UF students, he is known as the guy who “joggles” around campus. But to the world, he is known to have broken three Guinness World Records for a talent that some jugglers would not even attempt. Matt Feldman, a 21-year-old electrical engineering senior from West Palm Beach, started his unusual hobby of juggling while running at the age of 16 when his cross-country workouts were just not enough. “Running became synonymous with juggling,” he said. “I liked


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to juggle, so I just tried putting them together and it worked out really well.” Joggling requires running while looking up and maintaining a juggling pattern with a natural arm swing and the correct angle of hands. Feldman said that at the beginning, he was constantly dropping, but as time progressed, he started improving and what was once just a hobby became a training goal that would make him a hero to jugglers everywhere. During his freshman year of college, Feldman joined Objects in Motion, the UF juggling team that practices and performs on campus and at local events. Ian Elsner, a 24-year-old graduate student at UF Digital Worlds

Institute and former president of Objects in Motion, learned the basics of joggling from Feldman and joined him once or twice a week on his runs and for a couple of local 5Ks. “It was kind of fun to run past the street and have every single car looking at you and stopping in mid-text conversation,” he said. Elsner said all the club members were interested in joggling, but only some attempted to joggle with them. “It is kind of intimidating,” Elsner said, “not because of his personality but just because of how good he is.” But Elsner said the members admired Feldman for his unique hobby. “It’s a combination of his skill and the fact that he is the nicest guy and will be happy to teach you

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“I th h ught it was a really cool idea, because everything I raised c uld go straight toward that school and that c mmunity,” something — happy just to practice with you,” he said. After participating in a few 5Ks and half marathons, Feldman has joggled his first marathon: the Walt Disney World Marathon, and he ran it while juggling three balls. He later got the urge to try something different and started juggling with five balls while running shorter distances. He said most jogglers run with three balls, and very few have

moved on to running with five. “Five balls is a huge difference from three,” he said. “After doing the marathon, I went to the track to practice with five balls and I couldn’t even do a whole lap because it’s so much more stressful on your arms.” After months of training, he realized he had the potential to break the world record. During the summer of 2011, he ran a 5K with five balls in 27:06. “For the 5K, for the first month, it was really discouraging because I couldn’t even do a mile without getting too tired,” he said. “But I stuck with it.” Because the requirement for the Guinness world record is to have two coaches, media pictures, video and an official distance, Feldman created the event himself at the Emerald Cove athletics track in Wellington. Jon Pagalilauan, the Wellington Runners Club coach who Matt trained with, agreed to be one of the coaches for the event. Pagalilauan said there were a lot

of factors for Feldman to consider the day of the event, such as the wind conditions, the sun and sweat in his eyes. “I see him joggling around and running around all the time and I’m like that’s such an easy thing to do, but once I was actually there and watching it, there’s so much concentration required,” he said. “As little as sweat coming to your eyes is one of those insanely small things, but it makes a big difference.” The next summer, Feldman went to Penn State for research and started training for his next record: joggling for 400 meters. He needed to run faster than 1:30 to beat the record and the rule was he had to be juggling every step of the way so if he dropped, he had to take a few steps back before continuing. The day of the event he joggled in 1:10 — the fastest he has ever ran it without dropping once. “It felt like I cheated because I didn’t expect to run that fast,” Feldman said.


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His third mission was to break the mile record for joggling with five balls, which he accomplished at the Rice University athletics track in Texas on July 27, 2012, with a record time of 6:33 with three drops, beating the former 1989 record of 7:41 with eight drops. But Feldman did not just put the

effort into his records for his own benefit. For two of his three recordbreaking events, he was supporting a passion-driven cause. “I try to choose a project that’s relevant to what I’m doing at that point in time,” he said. After taking a three-week trip to Tokyo, Japan, during the summer

of 2012 and seeing the effects of the destructive earthquake and tsunami in 2011, he started the Tohoku 1600 project to raise money for the people he met in the village who did not receive enough support to reconstruct after the damage. “You can see pictures and it


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looks like a tsunami hit it, but when you’re actually there, it feels like it hit it,” he said. While training for the mile record, Feldman raised about $800 through the project for Tohoku, the region in Japan on the eastern coast, north of Tokyo to support the families and children in the town of Minamisanriku in the Tohoku region. “All the homes were destroyed and no one had cleaned them up,” he said. “They were all living in temporary places, but it wasn’t in the news anymore, so no one really knew.” Leading up to his 400-meter event, Feldman raised about $1,400 for a primary school in Rhotia Valley, Tanzania, specifically for laptops for the classrooms. “I thought it was a really cool idea, because everything I raised could go straight toward that school and that community,” he said. Some say three’s a charm, but Feldman is not stopping there. His next goal is to break the

record for the 100-meters blindfolded with three balls, and create a big event to support the Starfish Greathearts Foundation, which benefits orphaned children in South Africa or those affected by HIV/AIDS. Elsner said Feldman’s new record is all about accuracy and throwing the ball perfectly and to know, based on the feeling of the ball leaving one of his hands, where it is going to end up — all while he is running as fast as he can. “It’s quite the challenge, but I have no doubt that he could do it,” Elsner said, “no doubt at all.” Pagalilauan said he would not be surprised if Feldman will succeed at breaking his next record. “I think what Matt has is perseverance,” he said. “The running is hard enough just running by itself, but try catching balls at the same time. I think just the perseverance of growing up and doing it and working and working and working to the point where he is so good.”

Feldman is currently training for Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge in January, in which he will run a half marathon and then a full marathon the next day, but not without his juggling balls, of course. “He set goals for himself, and unlike most people who set a goal for themselves, he knows exactly what it will take to reach that goal and then he follows through with it,” Elsner said. “It’s as simple as that.” Two of Feldman’s records are on the website, and he is still waiting for them to be published in the book. He is still waiting for his record for the mile to be accepted because it takes time for them to look through all the evidence—witnesses, media and coach statements. Feldman hopes that other people try joggling so that it becomes a more popular hobby. “Wherever I go, I hope that people will see me do it and try it,” he said. “It might take a week or a month or two months, but you stick with it and it falls into place.” s

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Defying Gravity Aerial Dancers Take Flight

BY ASHIRA MORRIS here are certain trees that Asaf Mor takes note of. Their branches are wide and their trunks are sturdy. This combination makes them the perfect outdoor spot to practice aerial dance. Aerial dance combines the strength of gymnastics and the grace of performance art. Dancers use stretchy material, called silks, to flip, climb and hang, all while suspended off of the ground. It is not uncommon to see Mor and his duet partner, Calli Brockett, on the tree near Krishna lunchers at Plaza of the Americas on the University of Florida’s campus. Dancing for an audience gives them


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extra motivation to perform well. They are both members of UF’s aerial dance club, Volaticus. They have been duet partners for more than two years now. “I don’t even think about [the danger] any more because I trust him with my life,” said Brockett, a rising senior studying history at UF. The two use few words to communicate; they intuit each other’s movements. Brockett joined the group her freshman year. She wanted to be a part of a dance club, and only two on campus did not require an audition. When she tried aerial dance, something clicked. “You get to actually use flow and [execute an] artist’s renditions of idea,” said Brockett, who is now

on of the club’s co-presidents. “But there’s a lot of athleticism, strength and endurance involved.” Mor, a senior studying engineering, is the club’s vice president. He joined his first semester on campus upon a recommendation from his Resident Advisor. He was already a member of Objects In Motion, the university juggling club, when he started dancing. “Circus arts lead to more circus arts lead to more circus arts,” he said. After the first practice, his fingers were “burnt off.” He could not touch anything the next day without pain. He had not anticipated the grip strength required to scale the ropes. But he was hooked. Now it is his main workout. He enjoys the meditative flow

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ABOVE: Corey Souza performs on a trapeze at Two Hawk Hammock’s annual Fall Festival in 2012. This year’s event will be held Nov. 24 PHOTOS BY ASHIRA MORRIS

BELOW LEFT: Souza and the class (from left, Milliner, Asaf Mor and Brendan Spelman) watch Cecilia Haecker perform to an entire song at the end of the lesson. “I absolutely love heights,” Haecker said. BELOW RIGHT: Asaf Mor performs a series of upside down moves. Mor encourages Volaticus members to come to Souza’s classes to improve their technique and form.

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of controlling his body midair. Dancers work against gravity to climb, flip and twist on a suspended silk rope. In addition to five silks, Volaticus also has two lyras (large metal hoops) and three trapezes for additional moves. “Dropping out and joining the circus is actually a realistic backup plan for me,” he said. In addition to Volaticus, he also attends aerial dance workshops with Corey Souza. She holds classes at Two Hawk Hammock, the farm owned by her mom and stepdad just outside Williston. Souza offers her classes through S-Connection, LLC, the company she founded with her husband to encompass all of their performance art skills (a long list including guitar music, fire spinning and samba dancing). She is currently working towards a doctorate degree in anthropology on the political aspect of performance, specifically in Brazilian dance. She recently resumed her aerial classes after spending a year researching for her thesis in Brazil. Souza started aerial dancing in 2006. She had danced other forms before and was drawn to the strength and slightly radical aspects of aerial dance. “I really like the superhuman aspect,” she said. Her aerial dance workshops started in 2009. Since then, she has taught 3-year-olds and 80-yearolds. She is the only person in the Gainesville area who offers professional aerial classes. When Cecilia Haecker was 14, she discovered videos of aerial dance online. She was itching to try it herself, but did not think it existed in Gainesville. Discovering Souza’s classes was monumental for Haecker, now a 17-year-old student at Santa Fe College. Like Souza, she danced many other formats before she tried aerial. The suspended form of aerial is by far her favorite. “There’s that moment before you


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A boom box plays upbeat pop music. Souza’s dog sits in his golf cart “office,” watching the dancers. The first step to any aerial dance lesson is getting up off the ground. It is not just a matter of lifting or climbing. To be in position to move through other poses, the dancer does a complete flip, kicking his or her feet over the head. Once suspended, the dancers

the students at a given meeting are there for what Mor calls “the Facebook picture effect” — they come to enough practices to get a nice new profile picture, then quit. At the end of each semester, the club members who have stuck around put on a showcase. Trance artists like Enya are a popular music choice, as are top 20s pop songs. Mor tries to experiment

“You’re steeling yourself against falling. You have to hold on to that the entire time.”

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either work through a series of poses to practice technique or work on sequences set to music. There is no universal language for aerial dance. Individual communities have their own names for the moves; a Volaticus original is the “J. Lo,” a move that involves sticking your butt out. The club has about 15 core members. About 80 percent of


with different genres; he is eyeing a rap song for the upcoming fall performance. On a muggy summer night at Souza’s workshop, Mor scaled the silk, flipped upside down and shifted through a series of splits. All anyone on the ground could see was the back of his Volaticus shirt, which read, “keep calm and defy gravity.” s

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Roaring Riptide P.K. Yonge’s High School Robotics Team

BY COURTNEY LINDWALL t was three weeks into the six-week build season, and P.K. Yonge’s high school robotics team was having some problems. The students were working with mentors to design a robot that would shoot balls into goals at the 2012 regional competition — and do it better than any other team. They had brainstormed, sketched and painstakingly built the robotic arm that was designed to shoot as far as 50 feet. Everyone was gathered around to watch the first trial run. Teachers, sponsors, mentors and the team of students anxiously waited as the arm geared up and its wheels started spinning. This trial run had a lot on the line — already halfway into the build season, time was short for these students to build such complex robots that could hold their own at competition. They were already spending six days a week at the lab after school as it was.


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Optimism hoped for a home run — a slugger that sent the foam basketball flying 60 feet or more. Reality, however, dropped the ball two feet from the arm. And then it got quiet. “Everybody stopped. Nobody spoke for 30 seconds,” said Kate Caldwell, professional engineer and mentor to the team. “How could this have happened? Everybody was a victim. ‘Physics had failed them’ was the mood in the room.” For a minute, Caldwell said she let the team get angry. Then she asked: “OK, so it doesn’t work. How are we going to fix it?” With a bit of focus and some recalculations, the team re-worked their design to build a robot that could send the ball far. But the story of the team’s initial setback is also a story of the program’s lasting success — in creating problem solvers, critical thinkers and future engineers. The team, which calls itself the Roaring Riptide, is a part of a larger national event, FIRST Robotics Competition. P.K. Yonge will begin its third year


P.K. Yonge students of the Roaring Riptide robotics team prepare their machines for the FIRST Robotics Competition. The competition is the culmination of a six-week-long build session, where coaches, mentors and sponsors come together to help students design and build complex machines.

participating this January with a new coach, Matt Sarisky, and a broader goal of bringing the robotics bug to younger children. The robotics club fits into P.K. Yonge’s mission as a developmental research school — trying new ways to engage children with difficult subjects. So far, it has been a rousing success. The team has had around two dozen students the past two years. This year, both veteran students and new recruits are on board. Community members have stepped up to offer their expertise and support, helping with everything from electrics to computer programming to mechanical engineering.

These mentors guide the students through timeintensive sessions, building robots from scratch. “It’s a test of their perseverance and self-reliance,” said Lynda Hayes, director at P.K. Yonge. “It’s a very student-driven, student-designed activity.” They start at the drawing board. The team gets the season’s assignment the first week of January and has six weeks to build a working robot. Every team participating in the FIRST Robotics Competition has the same task. Two years ago, the robot had to shoot foam basketballs into goals. Last year, it had to throw Frisbees and pull itself up a jungle gym.

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The project requires complex mechanics, and that is where the mentors come in. These are high school students in beginninglevel science classes. But during the season, they are learning higher-level engineering, programming and electrical skills, and using the equipment in UF’s “machine shop.” The mentors include everyone from involved parents to doctorate-level professors at UF to local professionals. Carl Crane, a professor of engineering at UF, has helped the robotics team since its first season. “They pick it up pretty quick,” Crane said. “I’m amazed at the confidence from when they start to the end.” The students often take concepts from class, build upon them, and then apply them in a way that hardly feels academic. It “brings the whole picture together,” Hayes said. In fact, the competition itself channels the excitement of a sporting event — with a cheering crowd and die-hard fans. But the program is not without its cons. For one: cost. Between materials for the robot itself and hotel rooms at the annual competition, each season’s budget can reach $15,000. Fundraising starts early to find community sponsors and even larger donors such as JCPenney. But the behind-the-scenes support has been the parents, who have “taken the ball and run with it,” Hayes said. Providing transportation to build sessions or meals for the team, the parents have been the backbone of this high-intensity project. Even with smooth sailing, the hours are intense. But the hours get longer when there are bumps in the road. In 2013, the problems came even later in the season. “It was pretty extreme. We got into the fourth week and found out there was a fundamental issue in the design,” Caldwell said. “But I like to have some of these challenges. I like to have something really horrible pop up. I think that’s when they really become a team.”

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The robot was supposed sed to climb u up a jungle gym of sorts. The idea was that instead of climbing up on the inside of the structure, theirs would climb on the outside. In a competition built of complex alliances and strategy, this would give more room for a partnered team’s robot to go up the middle. But their robot was heavy — far too heavy. Their nearly-100 pounds of metal and gears could not manage to hoist itself up without falling backwards. Its center of gravity was off and it just was not going to work. Back to square one. In this way, the robotics team was building a professional environment; one of cooperation, critical thinking, and yes — dealing with failure. The new coach, Matt Sarisky, just joined P.K. Yonge as an engineering instructor this past August after teaching at Bellevue High School. He is hoping to avoid some of the initial design problems by working more with 3D modeling software. Since starting at the new school, Sarisky said he has been impressed with the students’ school spirit — not just for sports, but also for the niche hobbies and passions that the school fosters. “It’s not just typical sports programs. They can always find somewhere they can be and that is going to interest them,” Sarisky said. The next couple months will be spent raising money, participating in between-season workshops with other teams, and building skills in class that they can bring with them to the workshop. And of course, waiting for their next challenge. “They disguise it as a robotics competition,” Caldwell said. “Actually the point of the competition wasn’t the robotics. What they actually learned from that, and what they’re going to take forward, was the teamwork, project management, organization and problem solving.” s

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Fight Club Inside the World of UF’s Kickboxing Club and its Collegiate Boxing Team

STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMANDA WILLIAMSON slight tap of gloves — the boxer’s handshake — a warning from the referee to fight clean, and the two opponents return to their corner to wait for the start of the fight. To Alec Spaulding, a member of the University of Florida’s collegiate boxing team, those short moments are the most intense. “You’re staring down the line, this far away, and you know you’re about to walk back and then come out brawling,” Spaulding said. “That’s the scariest part because once you get into it, you’re doing what you train to do. You get into your rhythm. You get comfortable.” Spaulding, one of six members on the team, started training a year ago with team coach, JC Papaleo Giron. But the club has been around for several years before he joined, teaching local college students boxing techniques, self-defense and proper workout routines. Giron said that veterinary science major Jason Alpert founded the UF Kickboxing Club in 2007. Originally, Alpert trained with just a few friends, but the idea caught


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on. He asked Giron, who he met at the Gainesville Dojo, to help with traditional boxing technique. “I started volunteering there for free, just to help everybody,” Giron said. “It pretty much took off from there. I started going continuously to help the students.” Now, the group competes when it can, and its next match is November 24 in Tallahassee. The six fighters will match by weight with other competitors from Florida State University, University of Miami, University of Maryland, Florida International University, Florida Atlantic University and Nova University. “Tallahassee puts on a really good show,” Giron said.

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There are a lot of nerves. You feel like you have a lot to prove, especially as the club president.” Her coach, Giron, agrees the sport demands a lot of his students. He attributes much of his boxing knowledge to the time he spent training with Hector Roca at the famous Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn. Roca also trains various celebrities interested in boxing, such as Usher and Hilary Swank. At the time, Swank was preparing for her upcoming role in Million Dollar Baby. Because of Giron’s background, he knows how rigorous the sport can be, how much sacrifice it requires. As Drondoski said, boxers make time to work out. A point that Giron stands behind firmly, adding that his students must be dedicated and responsible. “Boxing is a skill that takes years to acquire, so it takes a lot of practice, perfect practice,” he said. “They can’t afford to be irresponsible with their studies because eventually they will drop out of the team. They can’t be irresponsible partying or having any extracurricular activities that are not beneficial. They have to keep themselves in good shape. They have to learn how to balance that all out — studies, friends, clubs, and also try to be a good athlete while they are training with me.” With Giron’s guidance and the club’s supportive atmosphere, many of the members said they felt most at home with their fellow boxers. For Spaulding, the camaraderie is unrivaled. Though he has played other sports in a team environment, Spaulding felt the egos competed on the field. He feels his fellow boxers are close friends, even though the sport requires each man or woman to stand alone. “We’re all training and fighting on our own,” Spaulding added. “There’s a saying in boxing: No timeouts, no teammates, nowhere to hide. Despite that individual mentality, I’ve never had a group of people I get along with better.” His fellow team members Brent Kennicott and Javier Varela agree with him. Kennicott moved to Gainesville from Iowa, enrolled at UF and met college friends. However, he believes the guys on the boxing team are the first people he really related to. Varela approached the sport without any previous experience, but he said the group took him in and supported him. He has already fought competitively. After college, years down the road, if someone asks former UF Boxing Team members how they spent their days on campus, Giron hopes the students can be proud to say they spent them as boxers. “It’s something that they can carry with them for the rest of their lives,” he said. s

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Stop, Look, Listen Dial and Discover Adventures in “Old Florida”

STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY DARLA KINNEY SCOLES aving spent most of my life in Central Florida, I recently relocated to North Central Florida, seeking a closer proximity to not only several family members, but also to what I knew to be Old Florida. So when an acquaintance handed me a brochure titled “Dial & Discover – A Free Audio Tour of Old Florida,” I was all over it. Soon thereafter, a free Saturday offered my husband, Ron, and I the opportunity to do the entire tour in one outing, so off we went. The tour, divided into four segments along the Old Florida Heritage Highway, took us from Micanopy to Cross Creek, Evinston, and Paynes Prairie in a circle of history, fun, amazement, and pure tourist-y adventure.


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This tour will forever be on my ‘must-do’ list for out-of-state guests. My thought is that every Florida visitor must visit Old Florida as well.

Old Florida has Charm aving visited Micanopy’s one-of-a-kind, enchanting downtown many times, I thought our first stop there would be a breeze-through. What I discovered, however, was that though I had been to the town, I had not experienced its history the way the Dial & Discover project brought it to us as we walked and listened to recorded vignettes on the buildings, businesses and bucolic life of the town’s centuries of residents. Narrated by actual town


pioneers, Dial & Discover recordings — accessed by either dialing or QR Code — brought personality and charm to the names, dates and places captured in the mind’s eye as we learned about this 1823 settlement. Micanopy, which incidentally means “Head Chief,” is a fun place to ramble anyway. Walking its movie-famous streets was scavenger hunt-like as we heard about places like the Thrasher Warehouse, Herlong Mansion and Old Brick Schoolhouse from those who have watched the town change — but not change — over the years. Indians, freed slaves, oranges, vegetables, lumber, turpentine, antiques, wars, railroads, and even Hollywood have uniquely created this special place along the Hwy. 441 and the Old

While Hollywood loves to visit Micanopy’s stepping-back-intime retail historic district, fame has not changed the ambiance of the quiet town, which, in spite of its diminutive size, offers a four-star bed and breakfast — The Herlong Mansion Historic Inn and Gardens.

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Florida Heritage Highway. MY ADVICE: Take the Micanopy tour when the stores there are open, as shopping is a must! So is eating something at one of the friendly town cafés.

Old Florida has been published ross Creek was a place I knew fairly well also, but as is often the case with historical sites, it has more to offer each time one steps onto the ground there. The rural home of Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, this narrow piece of land between Orange and Lochloosa Lakes is certainly famous, but you’d never know it to look at it. I love that. There is nothing pretentious here. Rawlings’ homestead sits much as she left it in 1953. I suspect the drive out there hasn’t changed much, either. Wandering the grounds was peaceful, and to listen to the recorded messages while standing at the boat ramp to Orange Lake, or nestled under the barn roof as a storm passed by, almost felt like we were huddled around to hear an old radio show (not that I remember doing that!). We left nostalgic for a life we never experienced. Author Rawlings had worked her magic once again, I guess. We also chose to trek a bit further down the road to catch a glimpse of Island Grove Masonic Hall and Antioch Cemetery, where Rawlings is buried. The scenic drive alone is worth the time. Since we did all four tours in one day, we then looped around Orange Lake, through Citra. We will definitely head back to this spot when seasons change and the large fruit stand there is open.


MY ADVICE: Schedule time to take the guide-led tour at Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park and then eat at the Yearling Restaurant, just down the road a piece. And, of course, read (or re-read) the books!

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Dial and Discover FREE CELL PHONE TOUR THAT HIGHLIGHTS THE OLD FLORIDA HERITAGE HIGHWAY. YOU CONTROL WHAT YOU HEAR, WHEN AND WHAT ORDER. The Old Florida Heritage Highway is located just south of Gainesville and spans 48 miles of roads through tree canopies draped with hanging Spanish moss, with a relaxed pace of life. The area offers access to a well-preserved section of Florida’s natural, scenic, recreational, historic and cultural heritage. Features along the highway include Paynes Prairie State Preserve; the Lake Wauburg, countryside spread with smaller lakes, prairies and rural homesteads; and the historic communities of Micanopy, Rochelle, Evinston and Cross Creek/MK Rawlings State Park. The county roads (CR325 and CR346) rural roadside environment offers refuge for the winter migration of sandhill cranes and viewing areas of bald eagles. The area along the highway offers many recreational opportunities, including bicycling, camping, bird watching, canoeing, hiking and equestrian activities. The highway enjoys a rich historical legacy and has already been honored as the Bartram Trail and the Chiles Trail, for its role in two of the most famous walks in Florida’s history. Experience the history and beauty of country roads, historic towns, open spaces, stately mansions and colorful history of Florida when visiting the Old Florida Heritage Highway.

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Old Florida has cattle and agriculture ho knew that across the lake from Cross Creek, just a brief distance off Hwy. 441 between Micanopy and McIntosh, there was a place such as Evinston? Not me. Though I had seen signs for this burg I had never actually driven its streets. Thank goodness the Dial & Discover brochure gave GPS coordinates for this stop, as it was a bit of a geocache-like experience. How is it that this place has been preserved such as it is? Chirping frogs and train whistles provided the soundtrack for the Evinston recordings. Though tiny, this part of the tour offered more than 15 listening opportunities, each with a bit of lore about a place that time seems to have forgotten — or at least left behind. At one stop here, a chorus of voices serenaded us with “Swing


Low, Sweet Chariot,” while a sweet southern-drawl transported us to long-ago congregational meetings at the Mt. Olive A.M.E. Church. Another point of interest was the Wood & Swink Post Office and Old Country Store, which has stood as sentinel over the pioneer community since 1882. No GPS was required then, to find your way to Evinston. MY ADVICE: Don’t leave without stepping inside the Post Office. And whatever you do, don’t fall in love with the place and make plans to move there. I already have my eye on the only lot for sale in town, anyway.

Old Florida has wildlife ild and unpredictable” was a phrase the Dial & Discover recordings at the many Paynes Prairie tour stops used to describe this place and its inhabitants. Isn’t that what makes Florida, Florida? Complete with repeated


warnings about the resident alligators (you’ll see plenty at the La Chua Trail segment), the messages along this portion of highway provide the backdrop for one of the most spectacular natural wonders Florida has to offer. Home to cracker horses, scrub cows, American bison, deer, bobcats, coyotes, raccoons, river otters, turtles, snakes, fish, gators, and (not to mention insects) 272 species of birds, Paynes Prairie offers quite a human-friendly environment too. Three different sites with towers, trails and boardwalks make viewing the wildlife and the scenery here an outstanding experience. No wonder it was Florida’s first nature preserve, designated so back in 1970. Not bad for a 16,000-acre sinkhole. Just zipping over this acreage on I-75 is no way to see Paynes Prairie Preserve. The time we took to visit the main park, boardwalk on Hwy. 441 and La Chua Trail/Alachua Sink afforded us three distinctly different

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immersive experiences. We did spot the wild horses, eagles, and gators the park is famous for but never caught a glimpse of those elusive bison. I guess we’ll just have to keep going back until we do. That’s okay. This place is like no place else here in the Sunshine State. MY ADVICE: Take your binoculars and your camera. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to use both. A stop at the Visitor Center offers snippets of the preserve’s history not completely covered in the Dial & Drive text. A lot of work and thought hass gone into these tours. The rich details of the experience make it worth the cell phone battery and time and it takes to complete a route. There are a few glitches along the way, butt the Dial & Discover people knew w that would happen and offer a way w to give feedback at each and every ery stop. And hey — it’s free. Do it. s


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Different Note Ghost in the Machine ch, these computers. When they work, they are among the most powerful tools ever invented — but when they don’t work, even the most mildmannered amongst us must fight the urge to rip them from their tethers and throw them out the window. Mine are all possessed. They have an intelligence of their own design and do things just to mess with me, such as erase important documents that I have failed to backup. I have several computers, most of which I made myself. Now before you say, “Well, no wonder they don’t work,” I should mention I also have a laptop that I did not make myself and it is not immune to the ghost in the machine that continually haunts my productivity. In fact, a while back I had done a lot of research and a bunch of interviews and all of my data existed only on my laptop as those ethereal ones and zeros. As I wrapped up my last interview of the month I left the laptop turned on — and unplugged — to step outside to take some photographs. When I returned, the laptop was hibernating. No biggie. Usually. Only this time it would not wake up. No matter how many times I mashed that button it refused to rouse. I plugged in the power cord thinking the battery might be


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dead. Still nothing. Nada. So I packed it up and finished my interview the old-fashioned way with pen and paper. When I got home I pulled the machine from its bag and heard a loud whirring sound. And it was hot. I had read that certain batteries have a tendency to malfunction. And by malfunction I mean explode. All I could think about was my hard work (and my lap) going up in flames. With no time to consult the owner’s manual (which I could not find if my life depended on it), I defused the machine by popping out the battery. That shut it down. And when I plugged it back in — voila! — it actually worked. Miraculously, my files were intact. I dodged the bullet that time. However, this is not often the case. As certain as rain falling on the day you wash your car, computers will erase files that have not been backed up, leaving intact all the junk you don’t need. Typically these files took thousands of hours to create or are otherwise irreplaceable, such as photos of the Skunk Ape or alien abductions or Congress actually working. I’ve talked to grad students who have lost their entire thesis. In fact, when I was in college, back before the turn of the century, there was no such thing as a home computer. I had to use this archaic device known as a typewriter. Sure it was cumbersome, but it never erased itself. My roommate, however, had acquired a new device known as a word processor. A better name would be

word digester, because no sooner had I crossed the final ‘T’ on my term paper, the maniacal machine greedily devoured every last word and left me with nothing more than a blank screen and growing ulcer. Well, if I wrote it once I could write it again, they say. Builds character, they say. Practice makes perfect, right? Wrong. I would have certainly gotten an A on the first version.

As certain as rain falling on the day you wash your car, computers will erase files that have not been backed up, leaving intact all the junk you don’t need. So, I can say with some degree of certainty that these machines do indeed have minds of their own and intuitively know which files to eradicate. I suspect they may even delight in sharing stories with one other, via the Internet, of how they have enraged their humans. Therefore, I feel that I should save my work after every other word I type. Yes, it is time consuming, and no, it does not guarantee that my work will actually be saved. In fact, I recently lost another of my potential Pulitzer prize-winning tomes to the ether, despite my ‘save and save again’ philosophy. Don’t ask me why. I have no clue. The computer simply turned itself off in mid-sentence. My masterpiece was gone and no amount of searching, hollering, pleading or praying could retrieve it. I had to rewrite it. And I did not win a Pulitzer. So, heed my advice: save and save again. Email it to yourself and to every family member, friend and acquaintance on your email list. Burn a copy to CD. And memory stick. And external drive. And DVD. Put a copy in a fireproof safe and another copy in a safety deposit box. Oh, and there is always the time-honored tradition of immediately printing a hard copy. In triplicate. s

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Home Health Care While health professionals are trying to find ways to make health care more affordable, Seniors are seeking ways to maintain their independence. Both groups are finding a common solution – home health care.


ur goal is to keep Seniors as independent as possible and in their homes for as long as possible, along with keeping them out of the hospital,” said Pamela Morgan, Senior Director of Professional Services with Mederi Caretenders of Gainesville. “It’s cheaper for a patient to be seen by a home care nurse once a week for two years than it is for an emergency room visit. Hospitals are looking at how to decrease re-hospitalizations, and home care is going to be the big component to doing that.” So what exactly does “home care” encompass? With National Home Care Month upon us, Morgan discussed the many facets of quality inhome care that Mederi Caretenders provides. Nursing – Nurses care for wounds, give injections, reconcile and assess medication regime compliance and perform other medical care functions. They also assess the patient’s situation and educate relatives or caregivers. “When you have caregivers suddenly taking care of a family member, they don’t understand the disease process, they don’t understand all the medications,” said Morgan. “We can teach them how to take care of their family member and know what to expect.” Physical and Occupational Therapy – Physical therapists help Seniors regain their strength and maximize their ability to move about, prevent falls and improve balance. Occupational 114 | Winter 2013

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Taste of the Town


Mark’s Prime Steakhouse & Seafood 201 SE 2nd Avenue, Gainesville, FL (Historic Downtown) Monday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm • Tues-Sat: 5:00pm to 10:00pm Happy Hour: 5:00pm - 7:00pm


STEAK & SEAFOOD — Mark’s Prime Steakhouse and Seafood has a goal to create a unique dining experience that will please the palate and soothe the soul. We serve the finest beef, the freshest seafood, and naturally fresh vegetables. Recipient of Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence 2004-2011. Join us for Primetime Happy Hour featuring drink and appetizer specials Monday thru Saturday 5-7 pm. We are pleased to feature our full service, private dining facilities. It would be our pleasure to help plan your next reception, banquet, business meeting, or social gathering. Complimentary valet service.

Flying Biscuit Café 4150 NW 16th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32605 Located in the Fresh Market Center Mon - Fri: 7am - 3pm • Sat - Sun: 7am - 4pm


BREAKFAST — The Flying Biscuit is out to reinvent breakfast in Gainesville! Maybe you’ve tried their soon-to-be-famous creamy, dreamy grits or their “moon dusted” breakfast potatoes, but did you know you can have them at anytime? With a unique open menu, all the items that appear are available throughout the day. With a variety of healthy and hearty dishes, The Flying Biscuit caters to a variety of tastes. With options ranging from the Smoked Salmon Scramble, the Bacon Cheddar Chicken Sandwich or the Tofu and Tater Salad, there’s something for everyone. Call us up to an hour before your expected arrival time to add your name to our call ahead seating list.

Adam’s Rib Co. 211 NW 13th Street, Gainesville, Florida 32609 1515 SW 13th Street Gainesville, Florida 32608 Monday - Saturday: 7am to 9pm Sunday: 9am to 9pm

352-373-8882NW 352-727-4005SW BARBECUE — Looking for the best BBQ in Gainesville? Then look no further than Adam’s Rib Company. Adam’s Rib is North Florida’s Premier Barbecue restaurant, serving North Florida’s finest beef brisket, pulled pork, bbq spare ribs and slow smoked chicken and turkey. Choose from over 20 sauces – from honey sweet to habanero hot – and everything in between. Don’t forget dessert, like their scrumptious “Banana Pudding” and their famous Peach Cobbler. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Adam’s can cater any event locally. Give Adam a call for your next tailgate party 352-514-8692!

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Copper Monkey West 14209 W Newberry Road, Jonesville, FL 32669 Across from the Steeplechase Publix Sunday-Thursday 11am - 11pm • Friday-Saturday 11am - 12am


Restaurant & Pub — Located in the heart of Jonesville, this All-American dining is convenient to all neighborhoods in Gainesville, Alachua, Newberry, High Springs and beyond. Our family-friendly dining features great food at a great price. Whether you come in for the “best burger in town” or try any one of our freshly made salads, pastas or sandwiches, you will not leave disappointed. Our USDA choice steaks, served with 2 sides, offer a great alternative for the perfect celebratory meal. We also feature a full-service bar with signature drinks and many options for your viewing pleasure. Great food, great price, we’ll see you soon. Pictured is: Chicken Pot Pie Pasta

Dos Mamas 2017 NE 27th Ave. Gainesville, Florida 32609 Monday - Thursday 11am – 4pm Friday 11am - 11pm


HOME STYLE — New to the North East part of Gainesville, Dos Mama’s has fast become a great local establishment. No they are not a Mexican joint. Just a down-home restaurant serving up Mama’s finger licking home-style cookin’. Terra and Rosa, your new mama’s, have over 40 years of combined experience in the Food and Beverage industry to make sure you get what you expect. Customer Service is NUMBER ONE to these Mama’s. Live entertainment is also on the menu at Dos Mama’s, with local bands ranging from Blues to Jazz to Rock and Roll. With Little Jake Mitchell and the Soul Searchers and Little Mike and the Tornados all sharing Friday nights and putting on a great show.

Dave’s New York Deli 12921 SW 1st Road • Tioga Town Center Open 7 Days


AUTHENTIC NY DELI — The Reviews are in and here’s what customers are saying about Dave’s NY Deli Tioga Town Center! “Best Reuben, Best Pastrami, Best Philly, and Best Wings” Dave’s continues to be the place to go for authentic NY Deli food and Philly Cheesesteaks. Owner Dave Anders says “Nothing beats quality ingredients combined with a friendly staff. We bring in all of our Pastrami and Corned Beef and Cheesecake from New York’s Carnegie Deli. In addition we offer Nathan’s Hot Dogs, NY Kettle Boiled Bagels, Nova Salmon, Knish, Cannolies, Philly Cheesesteaks, Wings, Cubans, Subs, Kids Menu and more.” Come out and enjoy Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at Dave’s NY Deli. Now serving beer and wine.

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Taste of the Town


Brown’s Country Buffet 14423 NW US Hwy 441, Alachua, FL 32616 Monday-Friday: 7am - 8pm Saturday: 7am - 2pm Sunday: 8am - 3pm

386-462-3000 Brown’s Country Buffet is country-style cooking at its finest, just like Grandma’s house! A buffet style restaurant, Brown’s Country Buffet is open seven days a week! Foods like fried chicken, grilled pork chops, real mashed potatoes, steamed cabbage, banana pudding and coconut pie, just to name a few, are served in a laid back, relaxing environment. We offer AYCE fried shrimp on Friday nights from 4-8 along with whole catfish & ribs. In addition to their buffet, Brown’s also offers a full menu to choose from. You are sure to find something to satisfy any craving at Brown’s. Serving lunch and dinner daily and a breakfast buffet Friday-Sunday until 10:30am, you’re sure to leave satisfied, no matter when you go. So, when you’re in the mood for some good home cooking, Grandma’s style, visit Brown’s Country Buffet.

Newberry’s Backyard BBQ 25405 W Newberry Rd, Newberry Monday-Wednesday 11am-9pm • Thursday 11am-9pm Friday and Saturday 11am-11pm • Sunday 10:30am-8pm


BBQ — The one and only Newberry’s Backyard BBQ is located in our historic building in beautiful downtown Newberry. Our pork, chicken, beef, and turkey is smoked to perfection daily. Our salads and sides are always fresh. If you are thirsty we have the best sweet tea in the South and a full bar as well. Make sure to bring your kids, we serve their meals on a frisbee that they take home. For your entertainment, we always have live music on Friday nights and Karaoke on Saturday evenings. Always remember big or small we cater all gatherings.

Napolatanos 606 NW 75th Street Gainesville, FL Monday - Thursday & Sunday 4:00pm-10:00pm Friday 4:00pm-2:00am • Saturday 4:00pm-11:00pm


ITALIAN — Napolatanos is the longest original owner operated restaurant in Gainesville. Nappys, the name the locals have given Napolatanos has the most extensive menu. Whether you choose pizza, calzones, salad, burgers, sandwiches, pasta, seafood, steak dinners or the best chicken wings in town, Nappy’s uses only the freshest ingredients. Visit on Tuesday & Wednesday for half price appetizers. Save up to $4 on pizza on Thursday and $5 off bottles of wine on Saturday. Outside dining with live music on Sunday evenings. Family meals for pick-up starting at $21.95.

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KC Crave 3501 SW 2nd Avenue • Gainesville, FL 32607 Mon – Tues: 4pm – 10pm • Wed - Fri: 4pm – 1am Sat: 11am – 1am • Sun: 11am - 9pm • Brunch (Sat & Sun) 11-4


SHARING ENCOURAGED — Putting a creative spin on the culinary experience as a whole, KC Crave is a fresh restaurant concept offering a variety of American-style menu options at a great value, featuring slow-roasted meats, fresh seafood and chef-inspired entrees. The atmosphere at KC Crave is unsurpassed, accented with elegant African mahogany, special effect lighting, private dining rooms, self-serve beer tap tables, full stage and dance floor with live music every Friday through Sunday. There’s something for everyone at KC Crave Gainesville.

Northwest Grille 5115 Northwest 39th Ave., Gainesville 32606 Open 7 Days: 11am to 10pm (Friday open until 11pm) Saturday & Sunday: Serving brunch 10am to 3pm


SEAFOOD — Locally owned and operated, Northwest Grille has been providing the finest quality fish and seafood entrees in a friendly atmosphere since 1996. Whether it’s their fresh, local seafood and fish, or handcrafted sauces and specialty desserts, Northwest Grille has something to please your palate. Meat lovers will enjoy the hand-cut steaks and vegetarians will love the wide range of vegetarian options. Serving lunch and dinner daily, Northwest Grille, offers an extensive brunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-3pm. Northwest Grille also features a full liquor bar with nightly drink specials. Happy hour is served daily from 3pm-7pm and all day on Wednesday – offering a wide assortment of craft beer, wine and $5 martinis.

Gator Tales Sports Bar 5112 NW 34th Street (across from the YMCA) Sun - Tues 2pm - Midnight • Wed, Thurs, Fri & Sat 2pm - 2am Serving Breakfast Saturday - Sunday Starting at 9am


BAR & GRILL — GATOR TALES Sports Bar features 3 large separate entertainment areas! You can relax at our Tiki bar in a large covered outdoor patio with tropical tunes enjoying 3 large screen TV’s and a full outdoor liquor bar. If you prefer to be inside, visit the sports bar, where you can find large TV’s, a performance stage with nightly entertainment including karaoke, live bands and acoustical sets. We have a separate pool hall and offer two happy hours every day. Gator Tales has a variety of domestic and import beers including a local favorite Swamphead Stompknocker. Our menu has a lot to choose from, appetizers, black angus burgers, gator tail, and salads.

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Saboré 13005 SW 1st Road, Tioga, FL 32669 (Tioga Town Center) Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday: 11am – 10pm Fri. & Sat.: 11am – 11pm • Open Mondays for special events only


FUSION — Saboré [sa-bohr-ay] is a modern world-fusion restaurant featuring a variety of dishes inspired by dynamic cuisine from places like Europe, Asia, and South America. Their recipe is simple: authentic global flavors, quality ingredients, expert craftsmanship, and exceptional service. Saboré offers customers a unique dining experience, shareable plates, delicious dishes, signature cocktails and desserts that will keep you coming back for more. So let us surprise your palate with our global flair and exotic ingredients. Experiencing world cuisine this fresh usually requires a passport.

Roundabout 2725 SW 91st Street (Haile Publix Shopping Center) Tues-Thurs: 11:30-10:00pm • Fri & Sat: 11:30am-2:00am Sunday: 10:00am-9:00pm


Bar & Grill — Roundabout is the place to be for people in Haile and SW Gainesville! Our newly renovated space features a restaurant, bar with six flat screen TV’s and expanded patio. Specializing in casual American fare with a wide selection of salads, flat breads, burgers and specialty entrée’s such as Shrimp & Grits and Chicken Pot Pie makes us the perfect place for a family dinner or date night. Our food is made to order using the freshest ingredients ensuring the highest quality. Tuesday’s wine bottles are Half-off, Wednesday’s kids eat FREE & 8oz Filet’s are $14.90, Thursday’s Martini’s are $5, late-night Happy Hour Saturday 10pm-2am, Sunday Brunch 10am3pm. Live music weekly. Open lunch and dinner Tuesday-Sunday.

The Red Onion 39th Ave & 24th Blvd, Gainesville (Uptown Village Apartments) Monday – Thursday: 11am-10pm Fri & Sat: 11am-11pm Sunday: Noon to 9pm


NEIGHBORHOOD GRILL — Featuring Harris Ranch All Natural Prime Steaks, All Natural Chicken (no antibiotics, no steroids) and local produce. Join us for the love of Fine Spirits, Food and Music! Live Music on Friday & Saturday! Come listen to the area’s best Jazz and Blues bands every Saturday for “Music & Martinis” with $5 Martinis all night! We muddle, pour, mix & Stir! So join us for Happy Hour at our bar, big enough to bring all your friends! Join us for a nooner! Our casual cuisine is perfect for lunch in a rush. Private Dining Room available for rental, perfect for your next rehearsal dinner, bridal shower, baby shower, birthday party, corporate luncheon, etc.

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CALENDAR If you would like to have an event considered for publication in this calendar, please submit information directly. post 4400 NW 36th Ave., Gainesville, FL 32606 | e-mail | fax 352-373-9178

ARTWALK GAINESVILLE Last Friday of Every Month 7:00pm - 10:00pm BO DIDDLEY PLAZA Self-guided tour of downtown’s galleries, eateries and businesses. Pick up a map near Bo Diddley Plaza, visit more than a dozen spots, including local landmarks like the Hippodrome and The Sequential Artists Workshop. Watch live performances throughout the night, as well.

A 10,000-MILE JOURNEY Through April 13 Times Vary THE FLORIDA MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY - 3215 Hull Rd. Art joins science to reveal the wonders and perils of the Swallow-tailed Kite’s migration in a six-month installation at the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville, Florida. The paintings, poetry, and photography of Margo McKnight, Chris Cock, and Jim Gray bring to life Avian Research and Conservation Institute’s exciting discoveries about the year-round ecology of this alluring raptor. 352-846-2000.

ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION Wednesday, November 20 7:00pm MILLHOPPER LIBRARY 3145 NW 43rd St. Karl Miller will discuss the

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ecology, distribution and population status of the Southeastern American Kestrel, sharing insights and photographs from nearly a decade of research and monitoring. Miller is a bird biologist for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. 352-334-1272.

CANINES AND COCKTAILS FOR A CAUSE Thursday, November 21 6:00pm – 8:00pm CHOP STIX BISTRO Thornebrook Village, 2441 NW 43rd St. Admission is $4 per person, with proceeds benefitting an animal rescue organization. Info: email info@daytimedogs. com; 352-219-4246.

TRASHFORMATIONS Friday, November 22 5:30pm - 8:00pm FLORIDA MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY - Ever wonder how milk jugs morph into beautiful wading birds or how gears and gadgets become gigantic bugs? See how middle school, high school and college students transform “waste” into creative works of art! The Florida Museum will display winning entries from the 15th Annual Trashformations through Dec. 2.

GAINESVILLE ORCHESTRA Friday, November 22 7:30pm SANTA FE COLLEGE FINE ARTS HALL - An “Evening with Evans Haile & Friends.” In addition to being the Gainesville Orchestra’s musical director, Haile is an accomplished pianist and a raconteur. He will be joined by members of the Orchestra’s string section for Antonin Dvorak’s Piano Quintet. Enjoy the wonderful acoustics at the Santa Fe College Fine Arts Hall.

ART WALK AND PARTY Friday, November 22 6:00pm - 10:00pm HIGH SPRINGS Downtown offers an evening of fun. The third annual Art Walk will showcase 12 artists at various businesses. Get tickets from these businesses for free art drawings at the High Springs Art Co-op’s Black & White Party (6 to 10 pm; drawing at 8:40). That same evening is the Christmas tree lighting and merchants’ open house.

WOMEN’S CLUB HOLIDAY EXPO Nov. 22 - 23 Friday, 11:00am 6:00pm SATURDAY, 11:00AM - 4:00PM HIGH SPRINGS - High Springs New Century Women’s Club, 40 NW First Ave. There will be new and returning vendors offering

beautiful and unique items for gift giving. The chance drawing for the many gift baskets will be held at 3:00 pm. Frito Pies, sandwiches, desserts and beverages will be available. 386-454-0794.

HOLIDAY BAZAAR November 22 - 24 Times Vary HOLY TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH - 100 NE 1st St. Designer seasonal decorations, attic treasures, baked goods, hand-painted furniture, jewelry, and lots of gift ideas. Opening Night will be Friday, 7 - 9 p.m. with refreshments and music. Admission is $5.00 at the door. Saturday’s hours are 9 - 3 p.m. with lunch available 11:30 -2 p.m. for $6.50. Sunday’s hours are noon - 2 p.m. (no admission charge for Sat. or Sun). Credit cards accepted. 352-372-4721.

GARDEN CLUB FUNDRAISER Saturday, November 23 6:00pm - 8:00pm NEWBERRY - First United Methodist Church, 24845 West Newberry Rd. The Newberry Garden Club will host its Soup and Dessert Fundraiser. All proceeds support Newberry High School’s Scholarship Programs. Donation is $8.00 per person and $15.00 per couple. For information, call 352-472-4162.

GAINESVILLE CIVIC CHORUS Tuesday, December 3 7:00pm PHILLIPS CENTER - Sounds of the Season, with the UF Choral Union. www.

THE HOMECOMING Dec. 6 - Dec. 22 Times Vary HIGH SPRINGS - High Springs Community Theater, 130 NE 1st Ave. It is the heartwarming story of a family waiting for the magic of Christmas Eve to arrive, told from the perspective of the adult Clay-Boy. We join Clay-Boy as he searches for his father and encounters some colorful characters that expand his growing understanding of the world. 386454-3525. www.

A Tuna Christmas mas Nov 22 – Dec. 22 Times Vary HIPPODROME THEATRE - Season’s greetings etings from Tuna, Texas where the Lions Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies. Multiple performances. 352-375-4477.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS FIRST FRIDAY Friday, December 6 5:00pm - 10:00pm THE OPERA HOUSE - 110 SE First St. This holiday-themed event features a storefront decorating contest with all the local businesses participating; ice skating courtesy of the City of Gainesville in the Bo Diddley Community Plaza; photos with Santa; and toy collecting to benefit Toys for Tots. Join Gainesville’s largest happy hour with food and drink specials at over 35 locations, carriage rides, huge raffle, and block party! Donate new, unwrapped toys for discounted VIP admission.

A Christmas Carol ol Nov 23 – Dec. 21 Times Vary HIPPODROME THEATRE - The entire family will enjoy the dazzling special effects and timeless message sage of redemption in this heartwarming tale now in its 36th consecutive year at the Hippodrome. Multiple ultiple performances. 352-375-4477.

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SANTA CRAWL Friday, Dec 6 5:00pm - 10:00pm DOWNTOWN - The Downtown Santa Crawl focuses on making the holiday season better for children within the community. For this evening full of holiday cheer, dress up in your best Santa, Mrs. Claus outfit or holiday themed ensemble and go with Pledge 5 to spread holiday cheer as the group travels from place to place downtown! Bring a toy donation to give to local charities as they collect for gifts to give to local kids in Gainesville. Come out to enjoy food and drinks, while giving to a good cause.

SANTA VISIT & TREE LIGHTING Friday, December 6 6:00pm - 8:00pm ALACHUA - City of Alachua Municipal Complex, 15100 NW 142nd Ter. & Main St. Free. 386-418-6100.

Chocolate & Champagne Holiday Gala & Dancing With the Stars Sat, December 21 8:00pm PHILLIPS CENTER - A spectacular dining and dancing experience on the Phillips Center main stage. Special attraction ‘DANCING WITH THE STARS!’ Vote for your favorite celebrity dancer and Dance Alive partner for an evening of fun, silent auction and the Gosia and Ali band. Price $100 352-371-2986.

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GUIDED TOUR AT KANAPAHA Saturday, Dec. 7 10:00am - Noon KANAPAHA BOTANICAL GARDENS - Guided tours the first Saturday of every month. The docent will be Master Gardener, Alicia Nelson. Regular admission price for non-members and members are admitted free of charge. www.

CANE DAY Saturday, Dec. 7 9:00am - 3:00pm NEWBERRY - Dudley Farm Historic State Park, 18730 W Newberry Rd. Come celebrate Ms. Myrtle Dudley’s birthday by grinding sugar cane in the original

method and making cane syrup. There will be farm tours, craft demonstrations, music and children’s activities. Festival of the Nativity Dec. 7 and Dec. 8 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints - Saturday, December 7th 1-8pm, and Sunday December 8th from 6-9pm. 352-472-1142.

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE HAPPY ENDINGS! Saturday, Dec. 7 1:00pm - 3:00pm ALACHUA COUNTY HEADQUARTERS LIBRARY Local romance novelists Abigail Sharpe, Lee Roland, and Shelby Reed will be giving a discussion on their latest books, their writing processes, and their novel inspirations, as well as answering questions. The authors will have books for sale and will be happy to sign them.

ANNUAL HOMESTEAD HOLIDAYS Sunday, December 8 12:00pm - 4:00pm HISTORIC HAILE HOMESTEAD - 8500 SW Archer Rd. Stroll through the 1856 plantation home decked out in an array of traditional greenery and Victorian finery. See the Homestead’s famous “Talking Walls” and Docents in Victorian costume. Live holiday music performed by the violin students of Jennifer Kitts-Guzman. Hot cider, home-baked goodies special holiday ornaments and craft demonstrations. Meet “Serena Haile” and hear her tales of holidays at the Homestead. Free admission. 352-336-9096.

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LESSONS AND CAROLS Sunday, December 8 11:00am - 7:00pm. UNITED CHURCH OF GAINESVILLE - 1624 NW 5th Ave. Enjoy the 22nd annual service of Lessons and Carols, full of traditional and nontraditional Christmas music offered by instrumentalists and adult, youth and children’s choirs. The program will be interspersed with the heart-warming story of Jesus’ birth. 352-378-3500.


Season of Hope 5/15K Saturday, Dec 14 6:00am GAINESVILLE HAWTHORNE TRAIL - Come join Tyler’s Hope and The UF Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration for the 4th annual Season of Hope Run on the Gainesville Hawthorne Trail. Certification of the 15K has been approved by the USATF (FL11088EBM). Perfect for Qualifying for a race! Shirts are available for first 400, prizes for the top 3 M/F 5k and 15K runners, medals for the top runners in their age groups.

- 2441 NW 43rd St. Celebrate the season with a night of gallery hopping and Christmas shopping at Thornebrook Village. The event is free and open to the public. 352-378-4947.

HIGH SPRINGS CHRISTMAS PARADE Saturday, Dec. 14 6:00pm – 9:00pm HIGH SPRINGS Downtown. Traditional Christmas Parade with great sights and sounds of the season. 386-454-3120.

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HISTORIC HAILE HOMESTEAD - 8500 SW Archer Rd. Music by the violin students of Jennifer KittsGuzman. Refreshments. Fundraiser for visitor’s center. A rare opportunity to see the Homestead at night. $10 donation per person, under 12 free. $7 if purchased at the Homestead Holidays! 352-336-9096.

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Sunday, December 15 7:30pm

Friday, January 17 7:30pm

PHILLIPS CENTER - The Alachua County Youth Orchestra’s (ACYO) free performance showcases middle school and high school students under the direction of UF Professor Emeritus Gary Langford. This year’s Winter Concert features: Frescobaldi’s Toccata, Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, Bizet’s Farandole, Polar Express, Jingle Bells Forever, A Hanukkah Festival and Sleigh Ride.

SANTA FE COLLEGE FINE ARTS HALL - The concert’s theme “Of Rivers and Oceans” will include works by Bedrich Smetana and Tan Dun’s Water Concerto. Dun is noted for his orchestral compositions but also his film scores.

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PHILLIPS CENTER - Dance Alive National Ballet will be putting on the holiday classic, Nutcracker. Enjoy the childhood favorites, like the sugarplum fairy or the tiny toy soldiers. Ticket price ranges from $15 to $40. 352-371-2986.

HOGGETOWNE MEDIEVAL FAIRE Jan. 25 - 26; Jan. 31 Feb. 2 Times Vary ALACHUA COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS - 3100 NE 39th Ave. The previous Faire brought in 52,000 visitors, and this year they are hoping for more. More than 160 artisans and craft makers will join a troupe of actors, musicians and street performers for a journey back to the days of brave knights and fair maidens. Admission price varies. 352-393-8536.

CAMELLIA SHOW Jan. 4 & Jan. 5 Times Vary KANAPAHA BOTANICAL GARDENS - This two-day event features prizewinning camellias of all sizes, shapes, and colors. This show is geared toward educating the public about the care, culture, and appreciation of camellias, both in the greenhouse and in the landscape. Regular admission price for non-members and members are admitted free of charge. Info:

DUDLEY FARM PLOW DAY Jan. 31 - Feb. 1 10:00am - 2:00pm

NEWBERRY - Dudley Farm Historic State Park, 18730 W. Newberry Rd. View farming as it was a century ago as draft horses plow the Dudley Farm fields. A fun and educational experience for the entire family with ‘old time’ music, demonstrations and more. Admission is $5.00 per vehicle up to 8 occupants. 352-472-1142


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Heart Ball Saturday, February 8 6:30pm - 11:00pm UF HILTON CONFERENCE CENTER - 1714 SW 34th St. An elegant celebration of life, with proceeds benefiting the American Heart Association. For info contact Robin Weller: 800-257-6941 x8024;

AIR SHOW Saturday, February 8 9:00am – 4:00pm

Living the Gospel in Downtown Gainesville! The Rev. Louanne Loch Rector Dr. John T. Lowe Dir. of Music

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SANTA FE COLLEGE - 3000 NW 83rd St. American Heroes Air Show. Free admission and parking. Explore helicopters from law enforcement, fire service, military, ENG/EMS with static displays from local, regional, state and Federal/DOD agencies. Introduce your family to the local heroes of community service and national defense.

AUDUBON BACKYARD BIRDING TOUR Saturday, February 8 9:00am – 3:00pm WILD BIRDS UNLIMITED 4212 NW 16th Ave. Six of Gainesville’s best backyard birding habitats will be featured. Local experts will be on hand at each site to discuss their personal successes and how to attract a wide variety of birds. Tickets $10 each, available at Wild Birds Unlimited. Info: Ron Robinson at 352-332-4867.

JAZZ, WINE, AND CRAFT BEER TASTING Sunday, February 9 4:00pm - 8:00pm EMBERS GRILL - 3545 SW 34th St. Gainesville High School baseball parents are organizing

a fundraiser for the team. There will be live jazz music with the “Marty Liquori Jazztet.” Tasting will include 20+ wines and craft beers with delicious samplings of Embers’ signature appetizers. 352-219-5472.

GAINESVILLE CIVIC CHORUS Feb. 15 and Feb. 16 Times TBA GAINESVILLE AND OCALA - Lauredsen’s Lux Aeterna and Bach’s Easter Oratorio will be performed at Gainesville’s Holy Trinity Episcopal February 15 and Ocala’s First Methodist on February 16.

FARM TO TABLE DINNER Saturday, February 15 4:30pm ALACHUA - Swallowtail Farm, 17603 NW 276 Ln. Food from its farm and surrounding local farms will be artfully prepared by Gainesville area celebrity chefs, highlighting our wonderful local food culture. Dress casually and wear comfortable shoes. Tour the farm. At 6:30 guests will gather at the harvest table for cocktails, music, good company and appetizers. Cost: $80.00. 352-840-7170. s


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Smiles All Around A Young Girl’s Passion for Giving Back

BY COURTNEY LINDWALL he family first saw Braiden’s cleft lip in the sonogram — his round lips left unjoined on what was otherwise a healthy baby boy. “My parents told me that he’s not going to look like other babies,” said Jordan Thorpe, Braiden’s older cousin. His parents, Jamie and Drake North, rushed to understand the rare birth defect of their second child. How was it caused? What can we do? Born in May 2007, Braiden, thankfully, was without a smile only until August, when corrective surgery re-joined his lip. Today, six-year-old Braiden is left with just a thin scar. But the emotional impact of her


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little cousin’s cleft lip stuck with Jordan, then 8. She realized not every family could afford such a happy ending. The experience set Jordan, now 15, down a path of giving to the cause. She has since built a successful nonprofit, The Smile Team, that has raised more than $21,000 to fix 85 smiles. Jordan, a ninth-grader at Oak Hall School and the oldest of three sisters, speaks passionately about her work. Animated and articulate for her age, she tells the story of how she first started donating. Her family would give money to cover one child’s procedure ($250) each year in honor of Braiden’s birthday. But in 2009, Jordan decided she would give some of her

own money, as well. Because it is expensive to fix a cleft lip or palate, Jordan soon realized that motivating friends and family to donate could make a difference in many children’s lives — especially those in thirdworld countries who could not afford the surgery. She reached out to her congregation at Trinity United Methodist Church, through the church’s garage sale or the Palm Sunday service, telling them about cleft lips and palates. Thousands of dollars were donated and dozens of smiles were fixed. “I was asking relatives for donations instead of Christmas presents,” Jordan said.


Jordan Thorpe, 15, has raised $21,250 to date to fix 85 smiles. While raising awareness of cleft lips and palates in her church, school and cheerleading squad, Thorpe has set a goal to repair 90 smiles by 2014.

Her aunt Jamie, who she calls Mimi, was one of her biggest supporters. She knew better than anyone the impact this birth defect could have on a child and family. “We’ve always been very close,” Jordan said. “She was my babysitter. She was the fun aunt.” Jordan started getting attention for the work she was doing. From write-ups in her school’s newsletter to features on ESPN radio, Jordan was becoming a community voice

on the issue. In 2012, Virginia Dixon-Wood, a speech-language pathologist at the University of Florida and doctor for the UF Health Cleft Team, contacted her. She had heard young Jordan speak passionately at church. Dixon-Wood then asked if she wanted to help local children, as well. The next few years went quickly. Jordan partnered with other organizations, such as the UF Health Cleft Team, The Smile Train, Gator Smiles

and The Cleft Palate Foundation. She learned from the UF Clinical Speech Therapy Department. “The speech therapy students are all just gifted and have beautiful spirits,” Jordan said. And her own efforts finally found a name: The Smile Team. Eighty-five new smiles later, and Jordan is now a freshman in high school — cheerleading, staying focused on schoolwork and watching Vampire Diaries.

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Her mother, Kelley, has always taught her children to feel blessed. “It’s really important to us that all three of our girls understand that we are very blessed, but not everyone is,” Kelley said. “We build on age-appropriate things where they can understand they have an opportunity to give back.” Her mom also recognizes that Jordan has a special gift — public speaking. At her cheerleading competitions, Jordan would get on stage to talk about her project for crowds of more than 5,000. She was only 11, but could bring in thousands of dollars at one time. “It brought tears to my mom’s and my eyes because they were so excited to give,” Jordan said. Jordan’s mother realized she had

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an ability to connect through her words at a young age. In front of nearly anyone, Jordan could speak confidently and with passion on behalf of children with cleft lips. Young and vibrant, Jordan talks about the “heartbreak” for a cause few children her age have even heard about. In fact, watching Jordan use her gift to help others has been her mother’s favorite part of this project. “How powerful and how amazing a skill that is,” Kelley said. “She’s not gifted necessarily at athletics, or a skill that her peer group values right now. She’s gifted at this public speaking thing. And then to watch her use that to help others? She can continue doing that.” Jordan has become more involved with the medical side of

treating these conditions. Beyond needing corrective surgery, children born with “craniofacial” birth defects often suffer from many secondary symptoms, like hearing loss and dental problems. Most notably, speech development is greatly affected. In the summer of 2013, Jordan was invited to be a counselor at the UF Craniofacial Camp, which helps children with craniofacial differences build coping skills and self-confidence. Jordan holds the children and her memories from camp close. “She really fell in love with the kids there,” Kelley said. “She talks about them at least once a week. ‘Oh, I miss my so-and-so.’” Jordan said she wants to become a speech therapist and attend UF, like the students and professionals she has worked with over the past few years. These days, Jordan loves spending time with her cousin Braiden, who she says has been gifted with “insane confidence.” He plays basketball with her little sisters and “flirts with all her friends.” He was even crowned a “Sunshine Prince.” “His smile is his winning feature,” Jordan said. The momentum Jordan has built for her cause is unlikely to stop soon. Still in the first semester of her freshman year, she is setting goals for “90 smiles fixed by the end of 2013” and wants to issue a “national challenge” for giving. “At age 15, she has this gift,” Kelley said. “How far can she go?” s


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B.A.D. Does Good Alachua Mentoring Program Gives Life to Area Youths

STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHRIS EVERSOLE isia Jenkins saw a need among the friends of her son, Javion — a need for training in life skills and for involvement in community activities. “I’m just a regular girl who responded to the boys’ complaints about the obstacles they faced,” Jenkins said. So she reached out to parents, churches, community leaders and schools to gain support for young men. That was six years ago, and since then the Alachua mother’s quest to help boys become men has come a long way. The youth mentoring program, called Boys Always Dreaming (B.A.D.), serves youths from ages 5 to 16. “My original group of kids wanted a name that would stand out,” she said. “They were quick to point out the name doesn’t mean ‘bad’ to them, but it means ‘good.’ My goal is to cultivate friendships and encourage lifestyles that are free of substance abuse, violence and incarceration.” Jenkins has involved men throughout the community to provide a positive influence on B.A.D. participants. Darry Lloyd, deputy chief investigator for the State Attorney Office, selects the topics for the


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group’s meetings and coordinates presentations. Guest speakers have included C. J. Spiller, a Lake Butler native and running back for the Buffalo Bills, and Adrian Peterson, an Alachua native and former running back and special teams player for the Chicago Bears. Other speakers have included Charles “Chuck” Chestnut IV, former state representative and current county commissioner; Robert Woody, former Alachua County Jail director; and local pastors. B.A.D. started with six children. Last year it grew to 48 participants. The organization meets at least one day a week during the summer and less frequently the rest of the year. Topics include teamwork, discipline, respect and community awareness. Basic auto repair, tying a tie and etiquette are also included in summer activities. The program gets involved in community activities, including the Holiday with the Elders program, the Great American Clean-Up and National Night Out. Tyreese Speed has been involved from the beginning. “I’ve learned how to be a leader and stay out of

ABOVE: Lisia Jenkins works with SFHS Basketball Coach Elliot Harris in helping B.A.D. members learn basketball. “Anytime Lisia calls me, I’m going to come,” Harris said. Eric Ford (top center), serves as a mentor for Darius Powell and Elijah Maddox and other B.A.D. members. RIGHT: Lisia Jenkins joins Dale Ginder and his friends, T.J. Bowen and Charlie Delatorre, along with B.A.D. members Elijah Maddox and Draven Rouse, at the Do It for Dale 5K and Fun Day.

trouble,” he said. Nayron Brown has been in B.A.D. for two years. “I’ve learned how to do my homework and to not be a bully,” he said. B.A.D. also works closely with the Alachua County Police Department. “When I talk to the boys, I tell them that they shouldn’t be afraid of the police,” said Chief Joel DeCoursey Jr. “I say that we’re a resource that is here to help them when they need assistance. The last thing we want to do is take them to jail. We help them stay on the straight and narrow and keep the drug dealers from recruiting them.” Lisia Jenkins credits her father, Horace Jenkins, public works supervisor for the City of Alachua, for inspiring her work. “Thank God for my dad. He’s the force behind the B.A.D. program,” Jenkins said. “He was working with kids before there were organized programs in Alachua, and he’s still very active.” s

Program Raises Money and Awareness B.A.D. took on a big service project recently, sponsoring the Do It for Dale 5K and Fun Day in honor of Dale Ginder, a boy with Duchenne, a muscle disease that progressively weakens the muscles of boys. In addition to raising more than $31,000 for research on Duchenne, the event helped raise awareness of the importance of supporting people with the disease, said B.A.D. founder Lisia Jenkins. The community responded enthusiastically to the fundraiser, which was organized by Jenkins and Michael “Catfish” Washington, events manager for the Florida Sports Foundation. The Joint Aviation Unit of Gainesville Police Department and the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office displayed one of its helicopters, and many merchants donated prizes for an auction, along with providing food and drinks for the event.

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The Black & White Kite A Story of Conservation Through Science and Art

BY COURTNEY LINDWALL ut in the field studying threatened birds, biologists at the Avian Research and Conservation Institute come ready with notebooks, binoculars and peeled eyes. They are searching for the long, gangly legs of a wood stork or the scarletsplattered belly of a magnificent frigatebird. It can be slow work studying animals whose environmental crises may seem quieter than others. “Curiosity and patience — that’s what’s really important,” said Ken Meyers, executive director at the institute. But one particular imperiled bird, the swallow-tailed kite, has recently captured the attention of not just researchers, but artists as well. The story of its declining habitat and hazardous 5,000-mile migration to South America has come to life in a multimedia exhibit at the Florida Museum of Natural History. The exhibit runs until April 13, 2014, and contains work by painter Margo McKnight, nature photographer Jim Gray and poet Christine Cock. The exhibit also


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highlights the research conducted by the Gainesvillebased Avian Research and Conservation Institute (ARCI). The exhibit runs along a back wall at the museum; four oil paintings as wide as outstretched arms show the striking black-and-white bird against colorful skies. The deep purples of dusk. The pale oranges of dawn. The bright blues of midday overtop a brown and blue marsh. The kite, a large but fragile bird of prey, has a white body, black-tipped wings and a graceful shape clearly built for soaring. Photographs, penciled drawings and illustrated poetry create a fuller picture of the bird’s beauty and ecological significance. The swallow-tailed kite has always been a part of Meyers’ avian research since the 1980s. After receiving a Bachelor’s degree in zoology and a doctorate in behavioral ecology, Meyers moved to Gainesville to work as a researcher at UF. He co-founded the ARCI, a registered nonprofit, in 1997.


Shown here are two of Margo McKnight’s four large oil paintings displayed at the Florida Museum of Natural History exhibit, “A Swallow-Tailed Kite’s 10,000-mile Journey.” McKnight has a history in both art and conservation, with a degree in zoology but experience in design. She based her paintings of the bird on photographs by Jim Gray, as and her own experience. She wanted to bring out the visual interest of the kite by contrasting its black and white feathers against the colors of the landscape and sky.

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The institute’s goal is to “inform management and conservation action.” Meyers and a small team of local researchers (many from UF) survey habitat, use tracking devices to map migration routes and go into the field for direct observation of populations. The team is currently conducting nine different “programs” focusing on different species — gathering information about what causes their respective ecological crises. Most importantly, the ARCI wants solutions. Part of this process is gaining community support for conservation and increasing visibility of the swallow-tailed kite’s declining numbers. In the late 19th century, the swallow-tailed kite (Elanoides forficatus) lived in 21 states — a region with plenty of habitat for a large population of these social birds. Today, the kites can only be found in seven

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states, with no more than 2,500 pairs, according to the ARCI’s website. The ARCI tracks tagged swallow-tailed kites using sensitive GPS-equipped satellite technology. When they first began tagging and tracking the birds, ARCI researchers were surprised to find how far the birds were actually migrating. They fly across Gulf and Caribbean waters, to Central America’s Yucatan Peninsula, and then even further south, through the South American jungles into Brazil. This gave name to their “10,000-mile journey.” The tracking helps researchers see the areas the birds pass through (considered critical habitat), and other data like death rates and breeding areas. Common threats to the kites include great horned owls and exhaustion while flying over large bodies of water.


The Avian Research and Conservation Institute researchers work with the swallow-tailed kite out in the field. This involves tagging birds to track their migration, as well as detailed recording of observations at the site. The ARCI is a Gainesville-based nonprofit, whose conservation research includes many different threatened species.

“The bird is adapted to those risks, but then we add to that,” Myers said, referencing rapid habitat loss. “They go away for the winter and then the forest that they nested in is cleared.” This is particularly bad for the swallow-tailed kites because they often congregate in large groups at the tops of trees. “They’re social. They do everything with other swallow-tailed kites, unusual for a raptor. They hunt together during the day, flock together, sleep in large groups, nest close to each other,” he said.

“We’re not going to make any headway in conservation by telling people about a lot of cool science. We’re going to do that by touching their hearts.” The kites try to return to the same spot as the year before, hoping to again meet up with other kites. All too often, they find that their previous spot of land has been cleared. The swallow-tailed kites are of particular concern to environmental researchers because they are what is called an “indicator species.” Because the kites are not very powerful, they tend to eat small things that are hidden but easy to catch — green anoles, frogs, rough green snakes. If the kites are thriving with lots to eat, it means the hidden layers of the ecosystem are thriving, as well. “They are the best indicator of biodiversity of natural landscapes because of what they eat,” Meyers said. “If we lose swallow-tailed kites, it means we’ve lost that biodiversity, that richness. That is not a future that humans want in this world.” Any loss in the ecosystem creates a ripple effect. At the museum, art is bringing needed attention to the issue. “We’re not going to make any headway in conservation by telling people about a lot of cool science,” Meyers said. “We’re going to do that by touching their hearts.” All three artists (McKnight, Gray and Cock) have blended the artistic with the scientific. Ultimately, their artwork is an expression of their passion for the birds and the conservation movement. Margo McKnight, the painter, has been combining


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the two for years. She has helped design Busch Gardens exhibits while also working as part of their conservation department. Her current job as vice president of biological operations at the Florida Aquarium combines both, as well. McKnight said she wants her paintings to draw people into the cause. “I used to think, ‘Surely if people know what I know and see what I see — things just disappearing — everyone will do the right thing and make sure the protections are in place.’ And that’s just not the case,” McKnight said. “You have to be attached to things. You have to be inspired. There has to be an emotional connection on top of that. It’s a big hurdle to overcome.” McKnight first draws the visitors into the exhibit

with color. Even though the kites are black and white, she contrasts them against the bright backgrounds of their natural habitat. The paintings pull in part from Gray’s photography. Although Gray is not a professional, he has been photographing birds as a hobby for years. He takes close care to not disrupt animals in their natural habitats — never getting too close, never causing them to frighten and fly away. This ethic has helped Gray capture shots that more intrusive nature photographers cannot. “The most boring photo in the world is a bird looking at you, getting ready to flee,” Gray said. “You’re totally wasting your time, and you’re not really doing justice to the animals.” The poet, Chris Cock, also has a background in conservation. She worked with McKnight at Busch Gardens and has also been involved with the Audubon Society, often as a speaker. She watches the kites often during spring and summer, as they congregate around her home in Brooksville. “...Suddenly the kite makes a modest climb, then pivots sharply, resuming effortless glides,” she writes. “Contained within its curving flair, a gentle cadence, flight weaving music sung by all beings in every layer of the sphere.” Her poems, like the exhibit’s paintings and photos, help bring their 10,000-mile journey alive. s

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Puppy Party Canines & Cocktails for a Great Cause

WRITTEN BY MARY W. BRIDGMAN PHOTOGRAPHY BY KRISTIN KOZELSKY og owners do not want to leave home without Rover — witness the wealth of resources for canine lovers seeking “dog-friendly” lodging, dining and shopping establishments. Even so, it can be difficult to find social events that cater to pooch parents and their furry companions. Not so in Gainesville — drumroll — snap that leash on Fido’s collar and head over to Chop Stix Bistro Restaurant for Canines and Cocktails for a Cause. Inaugurated in September, Canines and Cocktails for a Cause has become a regular event, usually held on the fourth Thursday of each month from 6 to 8 p.m. Dogs and their owners are welcome to enjoy socializing with each other while supporting worthy pet-related causes.


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Gainesville’s Chop Stix Bistro Restaurant in Thornebrook Village, 2441 N.W. 43rd Street, hosts the gatherings on its expansive outdoor patio, providing free appetizers for those who attend. And, Earth Pets of Gainesville supplies treats for all four-footed attendees. Admission is $4 per person, with proceeds benefitting different animal rescue organizations on a rotating basis. Attending dogs must be wellsocialized with humans and other dogs and kept on a leash during the events. Before gaining admission, owners are required to sign a waiver of liability and a Code of Behavior agreeing to maintain full and complete control of their dogs. Gainesville’s Canines and Cocktails for a Cause is the

brainchild of Chuck Siegel, known to many pet lovers around town as the owner of Daytime Dogs and Friends, LLC, with his wife, Alexis. Siegel said his company is especially helpful to those who worry about taking on the responsibility of a pet; it provides professionals who can check on animals when owners are at work or away. Siegel believes very strongly in giving back to the community where he does business. Daytime Dogs has a long history of providing support for unwanted animals and the rescue groups that take them in.

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Chuck Siegel addresses guests at the inaugural Canines and Cocktails for a Cause benefit held at Gainesville’s Chop Stix Bistro Restaurant in Thornebrook Village.

“We donate goods and services, attend events and adoptions, and try to encourage people…as a conduit to making owning a pet a reality,” Siegel said. September’s Canines and Cocktails event, which drew a crowd of about 40 folks, benefited Paws on Parole, a partnership program between Alachua County Animal Services and the Florida Department of Corrections Gainesville Work Camp. Its goal is to increase adoption and retention rates at the Alachua County Animal Shelter. Another benefit of the program is that it provides experience and education in dog care to inmates who can then use those qualifications to seek employment in the animal care field or become pet owners themselves.

Dogs are selected for Paws on Parole by shelter personnel and volunteer trainers who test the dogs for sociability around people, other dogs and cats. After matching selected dogs with inmates at the work camp, volunteer professional trainers supervise the dogs and their handlers during an eightweek basic obedience course. Paws on Parole dogs are trained to the standards of the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizens (CGC) program, which tests dogs on 10 items measuring temperament and obedience. The dogs are eligible for adoption after the training period and successful completion of the CGC test. October’s Canines and Cocktails benefitted Haile’s Angels Pet Rescue — another nonprofit organization

that helps unwanted animals find forever homes —with a goal of stopping adoptable animals from being euthanized. Dr. Linda McCollough of Haile Plantation Animal Clinic examines all animals at Haile’s Angels, located at 5231 S.W. 91st Drive in Gainesville. McCollough is also the founder of Haile’s Angels Pet Rescue. Thirty-nine humans and about 25 dogs attended October’s Canines and Cocktails gathering. During the event, McCollough expressed her appreciation to those attending and outlined upcoming events and volunteer opportunities at the pet rescue. Siegel said Canines and Cocktails for a Cause has sparked enthusiasm for more events with human and canine interaction. He noted that people are sometimes surprised that, for all its wonderful attributes, Gainesville is not a more pet-friendly city. Siegel said he is seeing signs of change, and that it takes time. So, for dog owners looking for a fun night out on the town — with support for a worthy cause thrown in for good measure — check out Gainesville’s Canines and Cocktails for a Cause. s The next event is planned for Nov. 21 at Chop Stix Bistro in Thornebrook Village. For more information, email info@ or call 352-219-4246.


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Coming of Age Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings’ Literary Classic “The Yearling” Turns 75

STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY DARLA KINNEY SCOLES ong before journalists embedded themselves in places like Iraq and Tahrir Square to better experience and craft a story, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings came to a place known as Cross Creek in the hopes of doing just the same. Enticed by the thought of earning income from 72 acres of citrus grove — with time and space to write as well — Marjorie and then-husband Charles, settled at Cross Creek, Florida in November of 1928. Both writers were born and raised as city-dwellers. Only Marjorie’s bucolic weekend farm excursions offered any sort of vision for what life would be like entering the harsh reality of managing thousands of citrus and pecan trees,


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farm animals and unruly neighbors. It was Charles’ brothers who first visited the area in the mildness of March 1928 — with its dearth of insects, fragrant blossoms, low humidity and the promise of a land boom — and enticed the couple south to the Sunshine State. Having bought the grove and its 44-year-old leaky cracker house sightunseen, the genteel couple found more work there than imagined and difficult financial times not too far down the dirt road. For Marjorie, those challenges and experiences fed her creative spirit and resolve to make the endeavor work. A disillusioned Charles left in 1933. Marjorie Rawlings would later write of her connection to the Cracker landscape she found in

Cross Creek. “We were bred of earth before we were bred of our mothers. Once born, we can live without mother or father, or any other kin, or any friend, or any human love. We cannot live without the earth or apart from it, and something is shriveled in a man’s heart when he turns away from it and concerns himself only with the affairs of men… I do not know how any one can live without some small place of enchantment to turn to.” It was this rural, old-Florida hamlet situated between Lochloosa Lake and Orange Lake that created the rich and earthy setting for some of Rawlings’ most beloved writings — including “The Yearling.” Published in 1938, the tender and thoughtful story of the bond



Cooking was as important as writing to Rawlings, who compiled “Cross Creek Cookery,” a cookbook filled with recipes and lore from rural North Central Florida. Rawlings (top left) stands at her garden gate at Cross Creek. In this garden grew most of the ingredients used in her cookbook recipes. Rawlings’ front porch writing spot (right) remains exactly as it was when she penned “The Yearling” and “Cross Creek.” The original furnishings were donated with the home to the State of Florida.

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Reprinted 17 times in more than two-dozen languages and never out-of-print, this novel was reportedly conceived when a neighbor-friend shared a boyhood experience with the novelist during a weeklong stay. between a boy and a young deer is now being celebrated again 75 years after first capturing the hearts of readers world-wide. Reprinted 17 times in more than two-dozen languages and never out-of-print, this novel was reportedly conceived when a neighbor-friend of Rawlings shared a boyhood experience with the novelist during a weeklong stay. Intrigued (and sometimes perplexed) by the neighbors she came to know in the Florida wilderness, Rawlings would spend extensive time with those she felt could help her better capture the story of life


in that place and time. One such family, the Longs, had Rawlings stay for a “research” visit at their pioneer homestead in Big Scrub (now Ocala). It was then that Cal Long told Rawlings of a time when, as a boy, he adopted an abandoned fawn. The backwoods tale and the same-said landscape captured Rawlings and became the basis for a book and movie embraced by millions of teary-eyed youths and adults alike. Winning the Pulitzer Prize in 1939, “The Yearling” brought much fame and much-needed income to Rawlings, who spent most of her paychecks

painting and repairing things at her beloved grove farmstead. The attention also brought many visitors to her Cross Creek cabin, including some of the most prominent literary names of the day. Rawlings loved to cook and entertain there, once hosting a gala event celebrating the addition of an indoor bathroom to the cottage, complete with a bouquet of roses in the toilet and iced soda in the claw-foot tub. During her years in Cross Creek, Rawlings improved and added on to the simple, screen-less and running-water-less dwelling she first inhabited, most of which is preserved today just as she had left it (original furnishings included) as part of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park. Cross Creek, however, was not Rawlings’ only Florida home. Earnings from her writings allowed the wordsmith the luxury of purchasing a cottage at Crescent Beach, south of St. Augustine.


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Married to Ocala hotelier Norton Baskin in 1941, the beach home afforded Rawlings time close to Baskin’s Castle Warden Hotel where he spent most of his days. Eventually, Rawlings divided her time between Florida and New York where she owned property as well. In 1942, Rawlings published “Cross Creek,” with its richly descriptive depiction of her life — and the colorful characters entwined within — among the wild Florida hammocks. Also a bestseller, the novel was even sent to servicemen during World War II in a special armed forces edition. It was letters from those in uniform and their mention of how hungry her writings made them for home-cooked food that prompted her to next compile “Cross Creek Cookery” — a lore-and-recipe collection that includes such creations as Alligator-tail steak and Utterly Deadly Southern Pecan Pie. Of her love of cooking, Rawlings once declared, “For my part, my

literary ability may safely be questioned as harshly as one wills, but indifference to my table puts me into a rage. I get as much satisfaction from preparing a perfect dinner for a few good friends as from turning out a perfect paragraph in my writing.” Her kitchen remains much as she left it when she died of a cerebral hemorrhage in 1953; her dining room floors fittingly still the only shiny finished planks in the dwelling. On the front porch, her writing table, hand-crafted by Charles, sits at the ready with typewriter and dictionary at hand. None would suspect that in this quaint setting, at least eight books and 23 short stories came to life — as did one determined woman writer. On Marjorie’s tombstone, Baskin had inscribed: “Through her writing she endeared herself to the people of the world.” The ones who mattered most to her, perhaps, were the people she endeared herself to in Cross Creek. s

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Bits & Pieces Special Collection Adds to Literary Works

STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY DARLA KINNEY SCOLES hile Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings’ furniture and household items live on just as she did — in her rural cracker house, without the benefit of air-conditioning’s protection from Florida’s heat and humidity — her manuscripts, letters, photos and other important papers lead a much more sheltered life. Housed in the University of Florida Smathers Libraries – Special and Area Studies Collections, Rawlings’ life on paper and in photographs enjoys the benefit of a climate-controlled environment carefully designed to protect from the very elements that perhaps brought forth the writer’s most beguiling descriptive passages in her books and short stories. This is, in part, by the author’s


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very design. According to Literary Manuscripts Archivist, Flo Turcotte, who oversees the Rawlings materials at UF, Rawlings willed her papers to the University of Florida in 1950, three years before her death. The current collection includes much more than what Rawlings had left, however, with the entirety coming in as pieces over time. “There was a dedication ceremony in 1950,” Turcotte said, “in which Marjorie took part. More material came in when she died and then more when her estate was settled.” Others from Rawlings’ life have added to the repository as well, including Dr. Robert Carson, who was a weekend caretaker at Rawlings’ Cross Creek property from 1968-71, giving tours to those

Flo Turcotte, Literary Manuscripts Archivist at UF’s George A. Smathers Libraries, sees that the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Papers in her care are preserved for future generations. The collection consists of correspondence, manuscripts and writings, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, legal papers and photographs dating from 18442002. The bulk of the materials date from 1916-1953.

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Photographs from the Rawlings Papers include shots of Rawlings at different ages of her life, in group photos, and in various locations such as Cross Creek and Van Homesville. They also include photos of her family members, friends and pets.

who came by before the estate was given to the State of Florida as an historic state park. One of Carson’s items in the collection is a recording of just such a tour. “On Friday my parents would leave Gainesville and give tours of the Rawlings farm through Sunday,” recalled Elaine Carson Spencer, Carson’s daughter. “They would live in her home and cook in her kitchen, marveling that they slept in the same bed as Gregory Peck and many other famous people who visited there. They loved the Creek so much — loved the people, and Marjorie herself. Dad did several sketches of the Cross Creek home and land for a book. This is a special year since it is the anniversary of The Yearling.” Documents from her lawyer, Philip S. May, relating to her legal issues, were acquired in 2005 and add to the varied papers, which include recipes, newspaper clippings, notes on the backs of envelopes and weather maps, posters, poetry, monetary statements, radio interview recordings and Christmas cards. Rawlings’ letter collections are also numerous, some having been purchased from those to whom she wrote prolifically. To see the handwriting and personal messages (many on personalized stationery) contained in these exchanges is to view the Marjorie behind the public persona. “There is no last piece,” Turcotte said, when asked about the most recent item to be added to the extensive collection. “We continue to gather what we can. Fans and collectors also come forward with new items on occasion, such as with the

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recent offer of a foreign-language edition of one of her books.” Some of Rawlings’ letters are also housed in the Scribner’s Archives at Princeton University. “With her manuscripts being here, utmost care has been taken to preserve this material for future generations,” Turcotte said. “You cannot replace these things.” Not only can these items not be replaced, they also provide insight into Rawlings’ life that goes beyond what her published writings can offer. To a researcher, the extensive collection is a treasure-trove of information. “What is so valuable about this collection is that you have all historical input and output together in one place,” Turcotte said. “That is unusual — and convenient for researchers.” For Rawlings’ fans, the materials paint a picture of a woman living a uniquely difficult and complicated life — at one point writing that she was down to her last can of tomato soup and a few soda crackers. Along with he hardships she writes about the joys of choosing to live that way, and of receiving a $100

check from Scribner’s in time to buy a bit more food. “The correspondence always surprises me,” Turcotte said. “The insights into her personal emotions and perceptions, both with her husband and her editor, are revealing as she was negotiating what her voice, with both, would eventually be.” Rawlings’ public voice speaks to many through her published works. Her thoughts and feelings speak through this treasured and archived repository and will continue to do so long after the elements break down the homestead at Cross Creek. s The Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Papers are open to all researchers and much of the collection is available online at: rawlings/rawlings.htm

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Adventures in Appetite Martinis, live music and delicious grub paints the picture for my first experience and date night at Roundabout Bar & Grill. ith dine-In, take-out, catering and doorstop delivery, Roundabout offers tasty food with affordable prices and a solid drink menu to satisfy the need for a lively night out or a casual Gator game day. My night started with a “Smoretini,” which included Pinnacle Marshmallow and Crème de Cacao topped with a roasted marshmallow and block of chocolate on a stick with crumbs of graham cracker crust around the rim. I would usually order a glass of white wine, but how do you pass up the martini version of a smore? I hinted enough to convince my date to order the Jordan Almond, which included Vanilla Stoli Vodka, Godiva White, Disaronno & Cream. I would not have been able to drink more than one because of the richness and sweet taste, and I almost wish I had ordered it as a post-dinner dessert drink. But the unique cocktails made it fun — it was something to talk about. The live music is what made the night memorable. We were lucky enough to hear Dr. John and the Medicine Show, a seven-member band that performed a mix of oldies, rock and slow jams. A rotation of about six different bands and musicians, ranging from jazz to acoustic country artists, perform and customers can view the Roundabout Facebook page the night before for a preview of performers for the next night. The menu had a lot of options within a fair price


range, from salads, burgers, flatbreads and hot sandwiches to main entrees such as Redfish and Grits, Wild Mushroom Ravioli and Filet Mignon. Entrée prices varied from $10.90 to 16.90. What really stood out were the drink options with a long red and white wine list — and domestic, import and craft beer available. Happiness lasts all day at Roundabout with daily happy hour specials from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. A selection of about 30 martinis and specialty drinks is available, with the seven newest feature martinis including the Perfect Pear, Deep Blue Sea, Lemon Basil, Cherry Limeade, Jordan Almond and of course, the Smoretini. The special of the day was Pecan Encrusted salmon, which sounded great. I decided to order a flatbread instead, and the rich flavor of my Filet Mignon flatbread with caramelized onions, roasted red bell peppers and Gorgonzola drizzled with balsamic made me thrilled with my decision. My date had the Sunrise Bruger — bacon, cheese and egg — which he said was extremely tasty. I had two bites of my flatbread and when I looked up, his burger was gone. The round full bar and high-tops where the band performs is the standout point of the restaurant, but the other side is fairly ordinary, and you can’t see the band from the booths or tables, which might satisfy guests who want to have a more private meal.

The rich flavor of my Filet Mignon flatbread with caramelized onions, roasted red bell peppers and Gorgonzola drizzled with balsamic made me thrilled with my decision.

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Patio seating is available with high tops and tables, and the two widescreen televisions outside and nine inside make Roundabout a great location for NFL and Gator football. The daytime makes for a family-friendly environment, but it may not be much of a family scene at night. Overall, the restaurant had a very personal vibe as the band communicated with guests and people shouted out their favorite song requests. With the great food and casual but lively atmosphere at Roundabout, I went to the right place to break the ice of a first date — and I wouldn’t mind going back to try another one of those killer martinis. s

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REAL ESTATE Bosshardt Realty Services ..................... 6 The Village .................................................92

FINANCIAL / LAW A+ Tax & Bookkeeping ...........................71 Avera & Smith ............................................13 Edward Jones ...........................................76 Gateway Bank...........................................52 Morgan Stanley - Banks Carroll .........53 ProActive Tax & Accounting ............. 103 Sunshine State Insurance .....................84 SunState Federal Credit Union.............................. 21, 23, 25, 172

RETAIL / RECREATION A-1 Sewing Machine & Vacuum ........ 102 Battle of Olustee........................................98 Beacher’s Lodge....................................130 Bennett’s TrueValue ............................... 163 Blue Springs ............................................ 132 Cane Boil Fiddle Fest............................. 135 Coin & Jewelry Gallery ..........................99 Colleen’s Kloset........................................96 Crevasses Florist.................................... 102 Dance Alive.............................................. 133 Family Jewels & Pursestrings ............. 139 Festival of Lights .......................................98 Fluid Lounge ..............................................61 Gainesville Civic Chorus ........................127 Garden Gallery .........................................43 Gary’s Tackle Box ......................................89 Gator Spirits & Fine Wines ................ 170 Hippodrome ............................................. 131 Hoggetowne Medieval Faire ................132 Holiday Tree Lighting ............................ 135 Jeannie’s Attic ........................................100 Jones Golf Carts & Palms ................... 146 Katie’s Tours of Provence..................... 130 Klaus Fine Jewelry .................................... 3 Lawful Defense Guns & Transfers ... 147 Lentz House of Time ..............................43 Liquor & Wine Shoppe ........................ 170 New Smyrna Beach .................................. 4 Newdash Tennis .........................................93 Paddywhack............................................ 166 Rum 138 ....................................................... 163 Sebastian Ferrero Foundation ......... 128 Tina’s Bling Boutique ............................157 TGE Bridal Boutique............................... 139 Thornebrook Gallery ............................. 101 Thornebrook Village ............................100 Valerie’s Loft Consignment ................ 113 World of Beer ............................................61

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PETS and VETS Bed & Biscuit Inn .....................................69 Bob’s Pet Sitting ......................................68 Dancin’ Dogs Boarding .........................68 Daytime Dogs & Friends ......................69 Dream Dogz ..............................................69 Eager Pup ..................................................68 Flying Fish Aquatics............................... 162 Gainesville Pet Sitter ..............................68 Robertson Animal Hospital .................67 Vacation Station Pet Resort................68 Wild Birds Unlimited ............................ 145

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Gainesville artist John Andrews finishes up Monty the Dog Gone Dragon. Created in honor of a friend’s Clumber Spaniel, also named Monty, this dragon is the second enormous sculpture he has created using recycled shipping containers and abandoned propane tanks. His first dragon was fashioned in memory of his dog Norm.

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