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CONTENTS Movie Night

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Action! LET’S GO! You’ll feel as if you’re traveling the world with these five memorable movies. By Keri Petersen

35 The 2nd Annual Summer Hot List

Looking Good 68 On-the-go style With these easy and comfortable outfits, you’ll be ready for your fashion take-off, wherever you go this summer. By Elizabeth Hamilton

Who says there “ain’t no cure for the ER summertime blues?” Our hot list UMM THE S brings you the best of the season, and offers suggestions on how to make the most of it. 2013 By Laura Bernheim, Diane Chun & Patricia Klier

36 Cheap thrills 38 Hidden wonders 40 On the trail of “La Florida”

42 Southern

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Car Crazy 76 Cars of summer Hot weather and convertibles. What more need be said? By Steve Miller

46 After dark 47 Just for kids 50 Finding your

Home & Garden 80 At home in the woods Ron and Barb Abel bring back to glory their Asia-inspired Hammock sanctuary. By Patricia Klier

52 Discovering

FOUND 96 Pool and Patio pretties From the barbecue magic of the Big Green Egg to the beauty of an Adirondack chair, these colorful items will inspire conversation at your next outdoor gathering. By Casey Moore

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44 Cooling off



Near & Away 56 Magical day at Cumberland Enjoy the wonders of the island — with a hint of indulgence — with this package from the Greyfield Inn. By Ron Cunningham Getaways 58 The joy of my journeys Three of Gainesville’s well-traveled couples share their memories — and lessons learned — from travels around the globe. By Diane Chun


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Feeling Good 64 Fit for flight These tips will insure you are ready for the rigors of travel. By Whitney Smith











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CONTENTS The Gainesville Insider We take a closer look at our city. This is My Gainesville 15 In the company of friends The head of the local United Way describes a perfect weekend in the town that’s just her cup of tea. By Debbie Mason The Biz 16 Investing in innovation Gainesville’s tech companies are seeing growing interest in their products — and the financial backing to prove it. By Anthony Clark Showtime 19 Born in the USA From Tom Sawyer the musical to the performance of a once-banned ballet, this summer’s offerings reflect America. By Bill Dean Dooley Noted 22 Recipe for victory What will it take for the Gators to rule victorious this football season? By Pat Dooley

Techville 26 Don’t leave home without them These tech tools make useful and fun travel companions. By Rob Witzel


Gainesville Remembered 27 The land of cotton For a brief moment before the boll weevil changed the landscape, cotton reigned in Alachua County. By Alicia A. Antone Generation Next 28 And he rideS a unicycle Versatility is the hallmark of recent Oak Hall graduate Henry Schott: top grades, weightlifting, Latin, Ultimate Frisbee and playing in a band. By Patricia Klier Home At Last: Tales of Rescue 32 The best of nine lives The future looked bleak for 9-year-old feline Sky, left behind by her owners. But blue skies were ahead.


Key to the City 25 Attention, fossil finders So you think you’ve found a promising specimen — now what? The paleontologists at the Florida Museum of Natural History can help.

108 The art

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In Every Issue ...

Around the Table

Editor’s letter 11 A season to celebrate Savoring life’s moments. By Jacki Levine

Gainesville Magazine’s expanded food and fine living section brings you the best recipes and cooking tips of top local chefs and home cooks. Culinary Gainesville 98 Fabulous fish Three experts on all things seafood show us how to turn today’s catch into tonight’s feast. By Kate Barnes


Datebook 122 What’s worth doing in the coming months. By Casey Moore

Homegrown 104 Green beans, as you please With a little imagination, you’ll discover the gourmet side of this garden staple. By Stefanie Samara Hamblen

106 What’s Cooking?

A melange of markets, events, demonstrations, classes and more for cooks, gardeners and food lovers.

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Editor’s Letter

A season to celebrate


f life teaches us anything, it’s that no joyful milestone — momentous or minute — should go uncelebrated.

We hope you’ll indulge us as we happily linger over Gainesville Magazine’s 10th birthday. The fact is, it’s a sweet occasion for us and we’ve been celebrating all year long. With this issue, we’re finally officially entering our second decade. It was Summer 2003 when issue number one made it’s debut, with UF gymnastic coach Rhonda Faehn on the cover. And sure, it’s a coincidence, but it still thrills us that Faehn’s team won its first ever NCAA national gymnastic championship this spring — just in time for our 10-year commemoration. And in this spirit of celebration, we offer you our Second Annual Summer Hot List. If you’re a child, there is, of course, no better reason to rejoice than the coming of summer. Who can forget the delight of the last day of school, and the promise of those seemingly endless days ahead? As adults, it’s obviously a trifle more complicated Comments? Story ideas? SEND YOUR LETTERS TO than that. Our endless days of freedom usually end on a Monday, when we return to work. Yet no matter our age, summer still evokes images of liberation and the joys of running free. It still symbolizes freedom as far as the eye can see. And that’s what Gainesville Magazine’s Second Annual Hot List is all about. It’s a kind of bucket list for the sultry days ahead. We’ve compiled a menu of places and experiences you might want to dip into this summer — from nearby cool springs, to Southern comfort-food emporiums worth a drive, to ways to unlock your creativity and your inner athlete. In fact, in these pages we put forth hundreds of suggestions

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to recapture the child within, the one who savors nothing more than a summer full of adventures. Consider this your guide to the pleasures of the season — and if you think of it, email us with some ideas of your own. As I write this, I’m back from a weekend in Boston. Only weeks away from the tragedy that unfolded in the midst of the joyous Boston Marathon, people once again filled the streets around Copley Square. They lingered around memorials of running shoes, Red Sox caps, flowers, stuffed toys, heartfelt notes and signs: “Istanbul is With You Boston,” “Pray for One Another.” But the days were gloriously bright and sunny and the crabapple, pear and cherry trees were blanketed with blooms of brilliant pink and white. Near the square, the swan boats were back, filled with families gliding across the pond in the Boston Commons. And so, despite the deep despair that had fallen over the city, the residents were out celebrating spring. Eating ice cream. Roller skating. Given something to celebrate, it’s wise and good that we do. That’s our wish for you this summer: Savor every day and celebrate all that you can. And don’t forget, whenever possible, have an adventure or two. Thanks, as always, for the support and encouragement that has seen this magazine through to its second decade. And have a happy summer.

Jacki Levine, Editor

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{the GAINESVILLE insider }

Debbie Mason, president and CEO of United Way of North Central Florida, describes herself as “single,” an avid boater and a mermaid at heart!” North Florida area been home to her family for seven generations. by Debbie Mason A perfect weekend includes: Reading The Gainesville Sun Saturday with a mug of green tea, followed by shopping at the farmers market in my Haile Plantation neighborhood and breakfast/lunch at Sisters. Plus a dinner party with friends at my home that night, as I love to cook and entertain! A perfect Sunday means staying at home piled up with The Gainesville Sun and The New York Times, hot tea, listening to classical music overlooking or sitting in my beautiful garden. A bike ride and some yoga followed by diving into a good book is the perfect day of restoration.

Loving life in this “cool, collaborative” community A fun date night in Gainesville includes: Dinner downtown at any of the super restaurants like Emilianos, Vellos, Dragonfly, or Paramount, followed by a show at the Hipp and an after-drink at Half Corked.

What I like most about my neighborhood: It is peaceful, with nice neighbors, great walking paths, safe biking areas, a gym, Publix with a huge organic selection ... everything I need.

When I describe Gainesville I mention first: How cool and collaborative it is, with a great community of caring residents.

What I’ve last read that I would recommend:

When I have visitors I like to show them: Kanapaha Gardens, Florida Museum of Natural History, the Harn Museum of Art.

A hidden gem in Gainesville is: Patticakes for fabulous cupcakes and Limerock for the best burgers in town! Both are in the Haile Village and do a great job. On the east side, it's Bistro to Go and Civilization for organic salads, soups and more. A fave for cooking needs and gatorthemed hostess gifts is Kitchen and Spice, and for unique artful gifts it’s Paddiwhack.

“The Untethered Soul,” by Mickey Singer. I've read it when I have had external pressing factors in my life and it restores me!

My favorite place to take a walk: We are blessed with some amazingly beautiful parks, like Boulware Springs, offering beauty and peace.

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The Biz

{the GAINESVILLE insider }

Innovation sparks investments here T By Anthony Clark

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he local innovation economy has been on a roll. Boston-based mobile app developer Mobiquity announced in April that it was expanding into Gainesville and expects to create 260 jobs over the next three years with an office in Innovation Square. CEO Bill Seibel said they were interested in the pool of engineers to come out of the University of Florida.

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from the Naples-based Tamiami Angel Fund in a deal that could be worth more than $900,000. Fracture takes personal photos uploaded by customers onto its website and prints them directly onto glass. The company recently launched an online marketplace for artists’ photos and other artwork. ■■ Alachua-based biotech company Nanotherapeutics landed a U.S. Department of Defense contract that could be worth as much as $360 million over 10 years to develop manufacturing processes for drugs to treat bioterrorism and radiological threats. The company plans to build a $127-million manufacturing facility in Alachua and add 150 jobs. ■■ Two University of Florida Innovation Hub tenants recently landed deals.’s online gift registry is partnering with free online invitation service Evite and expects to add 30 to 40 jobs by year’s end. Any of Evite’s 31 million users can also use the online gift registry. … Feathr received a $150,000 investment from the Tampa Bay chapter of TiE for its mobile app for event organizers.


■■ World of Beer opened in

Commerce recently filled three of its top positions. Kamal Latham, who previously served as a diplomat to China, was hired as vice president of public policy. Deborah Bowie was named vice president of chamber development after working for chambers of commerce in Birmingham, Ala., and Albany, Ga., and also serving as chief of staff to the mayor of Birmingham. Susan Davenport is the new vice president of economic development after 12 years with the Austin (Texas) Chamber of Commerce.

Tioga Town Center. … The former Gainesville Hotel and Conference Center east of I-75 was demolished to make way for a TownePlace Suites by Marriott with a restaurant fronting Newberry Road. … McAlister’s Deli moved into a remodeled space at 3236 SW 35th Blvd., several doors down from its old location in Esplanade at Butler Plaza. … Guitar Center signed a lease to move in next door to McAlister’s. … Big Lots plans to close the store at 2340 N. Main St. in June and move into the former Albertson’s at 2323 NW 13th St. the next day. … Shuck Restaurant opened at 1643 NW First Ave. behind The Swamp Restaurant. … CarMax was approved to build a used car superstore on North Main Street north of 39th Avenue. … The Floor Store of Gainesville opened in Thornebrook Village at 2441 NW 43rd St. … Genesis Chiropractic & Wellness Center opened at 4780 NW 39th Ave. in Magnolia Parke.

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StarSpangled Stages Summer stage productions take on an All-American flavor by Bill Dean

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PAINT THE FENCE: From hanging with Huck to whitewashing an icon of Americana, some of Mark Twain’s best-known stories come to life in “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” the summer musical production at the Gainesville Community Playhouse. (376-4949)

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JULY 5 TRUE AMERICANA: Some of Gainesville’s best known musicians will come together for the well-timed All-American Song Fest, which features songs about the good ol’ U.S.A. spanning multiple generations, Bo Diddley Community Plaza. Free.

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HEY, HEY, IT’S THE MONKEES: Peter Tork, Michael Nesmith and Micky Dolenz ­­— better known as The Monkees — reunite for a summer tour that brings such memorable songs as “Last Train To Clarksville,” “I’m A Believer” and “Pleasant Valley Sunday” to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 8 p.m. (800-745-3000)


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Dooley Noted

{the GAINESVILLE insider }

Never too early to start planning:

7 things Muschamp’s Gators must do to win By Pat Dooley


o you want to know how the Gator football team is going to do in 2013, huh?

Well, so do I. We can all make predictions. 10-2, 9-3, 12-0, 8-4. But we can’t possibly know. Football is too unpredictable. And last year made it that much more confusing. Florida was not an 11-1 regular-season team that was in the conversation for the national championship game. It was a team with a lot of flaws that overachieved. Somehow, some way, coach Will Muschamp managed his team to 11 wins. He found a way to beat LSU when LSU was the better team. He found a way for his players to pick themselves up after falling behind at FSU. He found a way to beat (gulp) LouisianaLafayette when all hope seemed lost. Because that’s the key to a college football season unless you are a dominant team — finding a way to make just enough plays in the handful of tight games. Take Alabama. The Tide rolled through most of its games, and Alabama was clearly the best team in the country last year. Before the national title game, Nick Saban had to get his team’s attention because the players

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knew they were so much better than Notre Dame after watching film. But there were three games that could have gone either way. Alabama won two of them by four points and lost the third by five. One loss usually won’t kill a season, but two often will knock you out of a BCS bowl game. Alabama found a way to win those other two close games, and that’s why it won its third national title in the last four years. Florida’s not there yet, not to that level where it will Dooley only come down to a few close games. Muschamp is building that, but this is only his third year. It’s not a finished project. But I think these Gators, despite losing so many juniors to the NFL Draft, will have better personnel than they did a year ago. So does that translate into 12 wins? Not necessarily. Not when you have to go to Baton Rouge, La., and Columbia, S.C., and even Miami to play teams that can beat you and desperately want to beat you. Not when you still have Georgia in Jacksonville, where Muschamp has not won as a player at Georgia or a coach at

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Florida. If Florida is going to be in the conversation for the national title game at the end of this season, there are seven things the Gators will have to do: 1. Jeff Driskel has to be better. Driskel was good last year. He needs to be great. It’s his second year as the starter and he has to develop a downfield passing game. Teams knew last year that Florida wasn’t going to throw deep and sometimes had eight or nine defensive players within five yards of the line of scrimmage. 2. The offensive line has to mesh. The coaches think the additions of transfers Max Garcia from Maryland and Tyler Moore from Nebraska are going to make this a better offensive line. And that may be true. But with all the injuries in the spring, this line really didn’t get to work together very much. An offensive line has to play as a unit, so summer camp is crucial for these guys. 3. A skill player has to have a big year. It could be a wide receiver or a running back, but somebody has to make Florida football fun to watch again. If a freshman like wide receiver Demarcus Robinson or running back Kelvin Taylor comes up big, it’s going to make the Gators hard to defend. 4. They have to beat Georgia. It’s time for Muschamp to record a win in this game. It’s not the only game on the schedule, but it’s the one they have to win. Continued on Page 126 ➤➤



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Our casual setting creates a welcoming ambiance in which the senses are pleasured by the incredible array of foods that we prepare fresh daily, including our hand-selected cuts of quality Harris Ranch Premium All-Natural Beef (with no antibiotics nor hormones). The Red Onion Neighborhood Grill is dedicated to the idea that every neighborhood deserves a restaurant where friends can meet and enjoy each others company. Our private dining room is the perfect place for your next party or business meeting!

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Just what is this “fossil” I found?


A fossil at the Florida Museum of Natural History.

o you consider yourself an ameteur paleontologist and constantly find yourself picking up intriguing specimens on your hikes.

While much of the time these “fossils” turn out to be rocks, shells or the remains of someone’s picnic lunch, very occasionally you stumble upon something you think just might be the real deal. Now what? Time to turn to the weekend nature sleuths’ best friend: The experts at the University of Florida’s Florida Museum of Natural History. Vertebrate paleontologists there can identify your fossils that have been legally collected or purchased in Florida, the Southeast and the Caribbean region. Staff at the museum’s Division of Vertebrate Paleontology will identify your specimen, asking that you pinpoint to the best of your knowledge where you found it. There are three ways to garner their help: You may email an electronic image of the specimen (with a ruler held up to the item in the photo to show scale) in JPEG format to rhulbert@ or post it on your own website; you may carefully ship the specimen itself (packing as you would fragile china) or, because you’re a lucky Gainesvillian, bring your specimens to Dickinson Hall on Museum Road on the UF campus Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (It’s preferable you make an appointment first by calling 352-273-1930.

This is a free service, but if you have multiple specimens to identify, the museum asks that you make a voluntary donation to VP Research Fund in the UF Foundation to support fieldwork to collect fossils throughout Florida. For more details on the museum’s fossil identification program, including how to ship or electronically send images of your specimens, go to htm or the museum’s home page,, and look under Collections/Vertebrate Fossils/Amateur Paleontologists/ Fossil Identification Services.


Dave’s New York Deli Located just 3.5 miles west of the Oaks Mall in Tioga Town Center, Dave’s New York Deli has quickly established itself as “The Real Deal” when it comes to NY Deli food. Owner David Anders says he knew from the start that he wanted to serve only the best so he has all of his Pastrami, Corned Beef and Cheesecake shipped in from New York’s Carnegie Deli. Dave’s offers Nathan’s Hot Dogs, real NY kettle boiled bagels, Nova, Knishes, Cannolies, authentic Philly Cheesesteaks, Cubans, Subs, Kids Menu and more. Open 7 days a week. Catering platters available. Hours: M – F 7:30 am – 8 pm • SAT 8 am – 8 pm • SUN 10 am – 3 pm Dave’s New York Deli

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The Yearling originally opened in 1952 and is Alachua County’s most famous restaurant. Named after Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings’ Pulitzer Prize Novel “The Yearling”, the restaurant is located in Cross Creek just 16 miles from Gainesville. The restaurant was named one of the best restaurants in Florida by Florida Trend Magazine. The menu features items such as USDA Prime Steaks, the Finest Seafood, and also includes items such as Venison, Duck, Frog Legs, Alligator and Quail. Blues legend Willie Green plays nightly along with the Micanopy Porch Band and Bob Webb on Friday and Saturday nights. Lodging is available along the creek for nightly rental at the Secret River Lodge.

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Hours: Thursday Noon – 9:00 pm • Friday & Saturday Noon – 10 pm Sunday Noon – 8:00 pm The Yearling Restaurant 14531 East County Road 325, Cross Creek, FL 352.466.3999




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Tech for your travels:

Magellan SmartGPS

From high-def to “smart” luggage tags, don’t leave home without this gear


Dynotag Smart Luggage Tags

By Rob C. Witzel

echnology has been the best thing to happen to summer vacations since sunscreen. Remember travel agents? Mine is named William Shatner. Asking for directions or tips for restaurants? Now we have Siri. Even my 9-year-old loads the backseat with an iPad, Nintendo DS, and other mobile gadgets. Keeps him so occupied I never hear the dreaded “Are we there yet?”

Surely, mobile devices like tablets and smartphones have changed the way we travel. But this convenience comes with a price. The world you’re vacationing away from is still with you everywhere you go. The emails, tweets and constant nag of updates keep us busier than a rocket full of monkeys during the year — so why would we want our vacation to be full of beeps, buzzes and notifications? This summer, leave the iWhatever at home and try these star-studded devices on for size. Go Pro Hero3: If you’re any sort of adventurer, your triumphs are nothing but fish tales until you capture them in high-definition video in a way only the Go Pro can. What makes this device unique is the simplicity in attaching it to helmets, handlebars, surfboards and countless other modern-day vessels. Because of its immense popularity, Go Pro quickly evolved from a relatively basic first edition to the feature-packed Hero3. Features include built-in WiFi so it can be controlled by an iOS device, smaller and lighter construction and improved optics for sharper results. One of my favorite aspects is the ability to shoot 12-megapixel stills at an astonishing 30 frames per second. This is truly a revolutionary imaging device because it can go where your video camera cannot and do what your still camera will not. ($399) Go Pro Hero3 26

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Dynotag Smart Luggage Tags: Ever leave your precious luggage with the skycap and have the sneaking feeling that you’ll not be reunited at your destination? Dynotags might leave you with a little peace of mind. These QR-coded tags have an associated website that allows you to leave all sorts of secure information for the person who eventually finds your lost bag. All they have to do is scan it with a smartphone or tablet to reveal contact information or even a recent message from the owner. You also can put one on your keychain if you are prone to lose your keys. ($14.95) Magellan SmartGPS: If you can’t beat them, join them. Sure, smartphone apps took a big bite out of the stand-alone GPS business, but they are not necessarily better. Magellan came out with the SmartGPS as a way to bridge the gap. It’s a dedicated 5-inch GPS that lives on your dashboard and features touchscreen goodness and text-to-speech and turn-by-turn voice prompts. Furthermore, they have integrated a host of squares that feature real-time traffic updates, location and even prices for fuel stops, weather and plenty of alternative options. It can update from your home WiFi when you pull in the garage or pair with your smartphone’s network signal while you are driving to update settings, pull up a browser or make hands-free calls. ($249.95) Jawbone Jambox Wireless Speaker: Let’s face it, audiophiles need their fix, as well, and leaving the sound system at home is just not acceptable. Enter Jambox. This handheld and cleverly designed speaker system will bridge the gap for quality sound on the go. Connect Jambox via Bluetooth or cable to your laptop, tablet or smartphone to bring room-filling audio to your digital music library, video games or movies on the go. Syncing the device online allows for updates, new features and even apps that will personalJawbone Jambox ize the output Wireless Speaker to your tastes. Jambox even doubles as a conference call device or can be used in conjunction with Skype, iChat or Google Talk. ($179.95)

Gainesville Remembered

{the GAINESVILLE insider }

Way down south in the land of cotton ...


lame the evil boll weevil. Every child who’s grown up in Florida in the last 75 years or so knows why the cotton fields disappeared from our state.

But did you know that during the Civil War, Alachua County produced the largest crop of long-staple cotton in the state? Threethousand bales at a cash value of $630,000. Florida entered the cotton trade when the state came under U.S. control in 1821. Settlers from North and South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee, with land grants in hand, poured into Florida. They set up cotton plantations in the north and central part of the state, and production thrived. Florida’s cotton was considered high grade: At the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia and the 1878 Paris Exposition, Florida Sea Island cotton won medals. H.F. Dutton & Co. used Florida cotton exclusively for its Willimantic Spool Thread Company and paid the farmers with gold, which was a boon to the local economy. In 1902, Alachua County still produced 3,462 bales of cotton and boasted 297 active cotton gins. But in 1892, the boll weevil, a cotton-bud-eating beetle, had crossed the Rio Grande from Mexico into Brownsville, Texas, and was making its way through the cotton-growing regions in the

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South. By the 1920s, all areas faced dramatic losses in production. So the state’s agricultural economy began to change. Large farms were broken into smaller farms, government programs encouraged farmers to grow less cotton, and the Florida citrus industry was developing. By 1970, the United States produced only 1/7 of the world’s cotton. Today, thanks to the USDA’s successful Boll Weevil Eradication Program, the pest has been eradicated in the state, and under the program’s strict regulations, the cotton industry, in a small way, has returned to Florida. — By Alicia A. Antone Have a memory to share? Email Alicia Antone, executive director of the Matheson Museum, at executivedirector@mathesonmuseum. org.

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Generation Next

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He translates Latin, sings, acts, lifts weights and plays the ukelele ...


STORY By Patricia Klier


The Renaissance man of Oak Hall School


f the Dos Equis company is ever in search of a new spokesperson, they may want to consider Henry Schott. Henry, the multitalented 18-year-old Oak Hall School recent graduate, acts, performs ragtime music in a group called the Cigar Band, recites ancient works in Greek and Latin, was a member of the school weightlifting team and plays Ultimate Frisbee, all while maintaining an impressive 4.36 GPA.

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“Sometimes we think Henry will grow up to be that guy from the Dos Equis commercials, ‘the most interesting man in the world,’ muses his father, John Larry Schott. If that’s not interesting enough, consider these accolades: Henry was a member of the National Honor Society, the Cum Laude Society (an honors group), traveled with his nationally-ranked Latin team to Certamen competitions (a Jeopardy-style Latin game) across the country, and served as President of the Junior Classical League at Oak Hall. “Henry is an exceptional student. What sets [him] apart is his intellectual curiosity and drive,” says David Jackson, Henry’s Latin teacher at Oak Hall School.

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Attorney Bill Allen knows a thing or two about winning. As a Gator football player, receiving his MBA and law degree, and handling more than 5,000 personal injury and wrongful death cases over 21 years, he has channeled his drive and competitive spirit to benefit people on his team. More recently, he and his wife of 28 years, Ginny, have focused their considerable energies on coming out on top once again, this time against cancer. The Allen Law Firm focuses its charitable giving on a single cause, and it’s a cause that’s very personal for this dynamic duo—Ginny is living with cancer, and four of six of her immediate family members have fought against the disease too. Allies in this fight are the Allen’s close friends, Dr. Sigurd Normann and his wife of 25 years, LeJene. Dr. Normann, UF professor emeritus, is also living with cancer. Over the course of their three-decade friendship, the Allens and the Normanns have celebrated many happy occasions. This year is no exception: Sig has received the American Cancer Society’s 2012 National Volunteer Leadership Award. The Society has more than 3 million volunteers to choose from for this prestigious honor, and so, says Ginny, “Having one of Gainesville’s own win this very special honor is a celebration in itself, but having it go to one of our dearest friends is just incredible.” A Rare Connection The Allen’s and the Normann’s friendship began when Bill and Sig were bachelor neighbors in the 1980s. Bill says, “Undoubtedly, Sig is one of the smartest people I’ve ever known, but combining that with the down- to-earth compassion, the human element, you don’t often find that combination, it’s just so rare.


and Sig can point personally to the strides made in the treatment of their diseases. “I can address that personally,” affirms Sig. “When I went to get the chemo, I received a drug that had just been approved the year before, one that had changed the game

Florida Division, he led the effort to create the Florida Biomedical Research Program, which channeled millions of additional dollars toward medical research on cancer. And he accomplished all of this while working at UF’s Department of Pathology, where he received the Distinguished Faculty Award in 2006.

toWin It When you get to know Sig, you know you have a friend for life.”

After Bill married his high-school sweetheart, and Sig married LeJene, the foursome clicked just as the bachelors had. Still, it is not often friendships made early on in life last through building careers and raising children, but this one has. LeJene confirms, “I could talk for an hour about how dear Ginny and Bill are to us. It’s a great gift to have such a friendship that has lasted over the decades—really, our entire adult lives—and we cherish it.” Among the many things the couples have in common is, as Ginny says, “a fraternity we could do without.” Ginny was diagnosed in 2007 with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and Sig in 2009 with multiple myeloma, both cancers of the blood. Both have been through a range of treatments, including a bone marrow transplant for Sig and rounds of chemotherapy. Ginny is currently in remission, and Sig has just come out of remission and is currently undergoing treatment. Though of course no one would choose to receive such a diagnosis, Ginny says it’s about “having a choice how you handle the situations in life.” “Really,” she continues, “there’s not a family that has not been affected by cancer, this is a disease that affects everyone.” Sig points out that, as a medical professional, he has seen the basic science behind treating the disease undergo a transformation, and both Ginny

completely. When I was first diagnosed, the life expectancy for half of those diagnosed with multiple myeloma was two years. Today it is 10 years. Yes, I have seen a change.”

“There has been incredible work moving new therapy along,” Sig adds. “People with cancer today face a chronic disease, and you manage it. And some people are cured. There are 23 new drugs for myeloma that are in various stages in trial, and those are for individuals who have become refractory—are resistant to their current medications. Those will give the patients and the oncologists more options, and that’s what gives the hope that you truly need.” Working for Hope The American Cancer Society’s National Volunteer Leadership Award honors Sig as an “extraordinary educator, researcher and pathologist and for his service to the Society, where he led efforts to create a state biomedical research program, brought together cancer stakeholders to ensure that Florida made the disease a top priority and provided inspirational leadership to his fellow volunteers.” His service to the Society began at the local level in 1976, and over the years he served as president of the Florida Division Board of Directors, as an active member on many Florida Division and national committees and as a delegate to the former national assembly. During his term as president of the

“Cancer,” says Ginny, “has been a calling for us, both personally and professionally .” On the Allen’s part, among other community involvement, the firm devotes a portion of its corporate profits to the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society and the American Cancer Society and its Relay for Life. Allen Law Firm was the largest corporate fundraiser for the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society in 2011 and each year they make a commitment to some charitable cancer organization or research facility. In addition to raising funds, everyone at the law firm devotes hours of their time giving back to the community. Inspiring others to help is important to these couples. But they are all quick to point out that giving back doesn’t have to mean giving up anything. “We’re so proud of Sig for being so involved and accomplishing so much with the American Cancer Society, but we just encourage everyone to do something,” Bill says. “It doesn’t have to be overwhelming,” adds Ginny. “Get involved however you can, with whatever feels right to you, because there’s nothing like helping other people. You’re giving yourself a gift, doing something for someone else.”


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Home at Last:

{Tales of Rescue}

Come See What Your Home & Patio Have Been Missing! Rob C. Witzel

Susan Dotson poses with her recently adopted cat Sky, along with her rescued dogs Sweet Pea, from left, and Pepper Potts

Take it from Sky: Never too old for a new beginning “Home at Last: Tales of Rescue,” coordinated by Hilary Hynes at Alachua County Animal Services, profiles the success stories of families and their rescue pets. A portion of all proceeds go to animal rescue.

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hey say a cat is blessed with nine lives, but what about a 9-year-old that’s turned in to the animal shelter? Could she compete with cuddly kittens and playful adolescents for a chance at a new home?

Sky, a domestic short hair, found herself dropped off at the Alachua County Animal Services Center last November -- her owners were moving away and said they could not take her with them. She was a loving and affectionate feline, and quickly found her way to Animal Services adoptables, where she waited to be among the chosen. And waited. And waited some more. Finally, Susan Dotson, a self-described “big time dog person,” visited the Alachua County Animal Services shelter for the February adoption event. Susan decided to check the cat room. “I saw this big, beautiful older cat and thought how unfair to end up at the shelter,” remembers Dotson, regional operations manager for the Florida Department of Corrections.

Sky played her cards just right, kissing and cuddling up to her potential new owner, and it wasn’t long before Dotson decided to adopt Sky and bring her home to Lake Butler, where she already had four cats, five dogs and and five horses on her 40-acre property. The minute Sky got to Dotson’s house she became part of the family, says Dotson. “Sky is a lap cat, but if a lap is not available, she goes to her room and climbs into bed.” When Dotson’s in-laws recently visited, Sky “worked her magic.” They had never quite understood Dotson’s love of animals until they met Sky. By the end of the visit, they were asking her to bring the cat along when she comes to visit. Sky is Dotson’s fourth rescue cat. “I have to admit, she may be the last one adopted, but she definitely acts as (though) she has always lived with me,” she says.

Sky played her cards just right, kissing and cuddling up to her potential new owner, and it wasn’t long before Dotson decided to adopt Sky and bring her home to Lake Butler, where she already had four cats, five dogs and five horses on her 40-acre property.


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Acupuncture can be used alone, or for optimal results, in combination with conventional western medicine and surgery.

Oaks and Northwood Oaks Veterinary Hospitals are proud to announce the addition of

Dr. Kathy Otero Dr. Otero is our veterinary acupuncturist, practicing both eastern and western medicine, and will be taking new patients at either of our hospitals. Dr. Otero is bilingual in English and Spanish. Please call us to learn how acupuncture can help your pet and schedule an appointment.


Sky is one of many animals that find their way into animal shelters across the country. It takes only a few minutes to visit your local animal shelter or rescue group. That visit could save a life. There are many ways to look for your new four-legged family companion. Petfinder online or Pet Harbor online are two. Alachua County Animal Services is always here to help. For more information on adoption, stop by. — Hilary Hynes, public education program coordinator, Canine Good Citizen evaluator, Alachua County Animal Services, 3400 NE 53rd Ave., Gainesville, 352-264-6881, 352-213-1241,

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The 2ND Annual Summer Hot List


s the temperatures rise, there’s always the temptation to find a shady spot and simply chill until the sultry weather passes. But summer was made for fun — at least according to every song that ever made the Top 40 charts — so rather than just wait it out, we say let’s embrace every steamy moment of it. To that end, we present you with your very own Summer Hot List — a guide to the best of the season. ➤➤

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cheap thrills With these eight offerings you can go mild (a gentle swim with the manatees) or wild (alligator wrestling anyone?) Wallaby Ranch hang gliding in Davenport, Florida.

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hether you seek adventure underwater, on land or in the skies, adrenaline rushes are a short drive away. SCALLOPING

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person in the morning, your family can enjoy a fresh summer seafood meal in the evening. Cost: $65-$75 Who to call: Sunshine River Tours, (352) 777-1796; The Scallop Man, (352) 8122528; Red Hot Fishing Charters, (352) 634-4002; Big Bend Charters, (352) 498-3703.

SKYDIVING Who: Anyone 18 and older in generally good health and willing to jump out of a perfectly good airplane. What: Novices or scaredycats can partner with an instructor in a tandem dive with minimal training, while the bold and daring can take a six- or seven-hour

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course and leap on their own. Where: Palatka, Jacksonville, Orlando When: Year-round Why: Depending on your takeoff location, enjoy views of the St. Johns River, Atlantic Coast, downtown Jacksonville or even the Kennedy Space Center. Skydivers can reach speeds of

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120 mph during freefall before enjoying a relaxed and scenic parachute ride of four to six minutes. Cost: $175-300 Who to call: Skydive Palatka, (352) 328-0606; North Florida Skydiving, 888-976-5867; Orlando Skydiving, 800-823-0016.

ALLIGATOR WRESTLING Who: Daring 12-year-olds and older. What: Get the same training as zookeepers and professional gator wrestlers by learning how to handle alligators of all sizes. Where: Orlando When: Year-round Why: Prepare yourself in

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Who: If you go by yourself, people ages 16 through 65 must have a current saltwater fishing license. A charter fisherman’s license covers everyone on board. What: Get fresh seafood armed with only a swim mask and a snorkel. Jump into water 4 to 10 feet deep to gather scallops by hand or net. Where: Steinhatchee, Crystal River and Homosassa When: Scalloping season usually runs from July 1 through Sept. 24 each year. Why: Scalloping is part treasure hunt, part underwater Easter egg hunt. By catching up to the limit of 2 pounds of scallops per




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ZIPLINES Who: Anyone taller than 54 inches (4 foot 6) in closedtoe athletic shoes. What: Enjoy nature from a new perspective. Zipliners strap into climbing gear and soar like a bird from

tree to tree, passing over lakes and near cliff walls. Where: Ocala, Orlando, Daytona Beach When: Whenever it’s not raining Why: Gravity will do most of the work. In addition to spotting deer, alligators and other wildlife, many zipline courses feature games, Tarzan swings or places to rappel. Journeys can take 30 minutes to three hours depending on the course. Cost: $18-90 Who to call: The Canyons, (352) 351-9477; Zip Orlando, (407) 808-4947; Zoomair, (386) 569-3519

SWIM WITH MANATEES Who: Swimmers and non-swimmers of all ages can interact with the manatees that live and feed near the headwaters of the Crystal River. What: Tour boats bring visitors to the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, which was established to protect the warm water and habitat manatees enjoy. Swimmers, equipped with wetsuits, can enter the 72-degree water and swim alongside


Who: Just about everyone. No strength or fitness required. What: A small airplane tows you and your certified instructor to altitudes of 2,500 feet, 3,000 feet or a mile. Once you’re released from the plane and the instructor shows you how to turn, speed up and slow

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down, you can take the controls for the rest of your descent. Where: Groveland When: With Mother Nature’s blessing, 365 days a year Why: No engine, no scary freefall. On a clear day, hang gliders can see both Florida coasts, as well as Orlando and its theme parks. Cost: $149-269 Who to call: Quest Air Hang Gliding, (352) 4290213


case the beasts in Lake Alice go rogue. Trainers will explain the history and terminology of alligator behavior, anatomy and wrestling, as well as the importance of alligators and crocodiles in the wild. Cost: $150 Who to call: Gator Adventure Productions, (888) 494-2867


The Canyons zipline in Ocala.

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the gentle giants. Where: Crystal River When: Peak manatee season is in the winter, but you can see the sea cows year-round. Why: Manatees, which can grow to 12 feet long and weigh 2,000 pounds, are naturally inquisitive. Guided tours allow you to learn about the endangered species while immersing in nature and wildlife. Cost: $35-55 Who to call: River Ventures, (352) 564-8687; Swim with the Manatees, (352) 257-8687; Birds Underwater, (352) 563-2763; Native Vacations, (352) 466-2848.

ROCK CLIMBING Who: Anyone not afraid of heights (or willing to overcome the fear). What: Beat the heat with an indoor adventure. Scamper up 2,500 to 8,500 square feet of climbing obstacles and learn to belay others. Where: Gainesville and Jonesville When: Year-round Why: Classes for all levels ensure a challenge

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Amelia Island TDC

Who: Adults who weigh less than 275 pounds and children older than 12. Ten-year-olds with previous riding experience can join in as well. What: Choose your own adventure: a 90-minute trail

ride, a half-day ranch skills training session or a one- to three-night cattle drive. Where: St. Cloud When: Light rain is OK, but rain checks will be issued for more severe weather. Why: Experience Florida as the settlers did — on horseback. Adventure through nine different types of ecosystems found on the 4,700-acre ranch and wildlife conservation area. Part of the proceeds go toward land conservation. Cost: $60-200 Who to call: Florida EcoSafaris at Forever Florida, (407) 957-9794 or (866) 854-3837

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T O H Ready for a quick — T S I 3 L 1 0 and close — getaway? 2 Try these secret — and not so secret — day trips


By Laura Bernheim

void the crowds and theme parks this summer — Florida has more to offer than roller coasters and overcrowded beaches. These day trips are designed to get you out of your comfort zone and back, all within a day. AMELIA ISLAND STATE PARK

Florida EcoSafaris

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WHERE: 26 miles northeast of Jacksonville TRAVEL TIME: Two hours WHAT TO DO: One of the few locations on the east coast that offers horseback riding on the beach, this park protects 200 acres at the southern end of Amelia Island. Kelly Seahorse Ranch provides hour-long guided tours of Nassau Sound and the Atlantic Coast. The nearby Little Talbot Island State Park contains more than five miles of beaches, as well as forests, dunes and wetlands that provide habitat for otters, bobcats and more. WEBSITE:




Amelia Island.

EGMONT KEY WHERE: 20 miles southwest of St. Petersburg TRAVEL TIME: Two hours, 45 minutes WHAT TO DO: Primarily a shelter for wildlife, this island at the mouth of Tampa Bay also can be a personal refuge. Egmont Key is accessible only by boat but offers much to explore, such as a

19-century lighthouse and fort. Aside from the historic sites and hiking trails, the beach provides a clean swimming spot with excellent snorkeling opportunities and views of the sunset. WEBSITE: www. egmontkey/

GIRAFFE RANCH WHERE: 50 miles north of Tampa TRAVEL TIME: One hour, 45 minutes WHAT TO DO: Go on a wilderness safari without leaving the state. The 47-acre working farm and wildlife preserve boasts about 250 animals from 35 species, many of which you can feed from the tour


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WHERE: 12 miles south of Gainesville TRAVEL TIME: 17 minutes WHAT TO DO: This one’s familiar and right at our doorstep. The quaint town just on the other side of Paynes Prairie, “the little town that time forgot,” is the state’s oldest inland settlement. The scenic Cholokka Boulevard, lined with live oaks, provides picturesque antique shopping and delicious food. The Old Florida Cafe, 203 Cholokka Blvd., features glasscovered tables filled with matchbook covers, postcards and other memorabilia. WEBSITE:

Egmont Key north battery.

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Boats in Apalachicola.

APALACHICOLA WHERE: 80 miles southwest of Tallahassee TRAVEL TIME: Three hours, 45 minutes WHAT TO DO: More than 90 percent of Florida’s oysters come from Apalachicola Bay. Why not try them at their freshest? Visit Up the Creek Raw Bar, which gives diners outdoor seating with beautiful views of the surrounding wetlands. This small town on the Gulf of Mexico is rich in history, with more than 900 historic homes and businesses listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Before the Civil War, Apalachicola was the third-busiest port on the Gulf of Mexico, behind

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vehicle. The menagerie includes diminutive Dexter cattle, giraffes, rhinoceroses, hippopotamuses, ostriches and more. If staying in a motor vehicle doesn’t sound fun, view the herds of animals from the back of a camel. Camel expeditions last between 60 and 90 minutes. WEBSITE: www.

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only New Orleans and Mobile, Ala. WEBSITE: www.

De LEON SPRINGS STATE PARK WHERE: 10 miles north of DeLand TRAVEL TIME: One hour, 43 minutes WHAT TO DO: Many Central Floridians consider the beautiful springs found here to be the mythical Fountain of Youth that explorer Juan Ponce De Leon was searching for. Used as a winter resort in the 1880s, the serene swimming area neighbors a shady picnic ground. If you arrive early enough, you can cook your own pancakes at The Old Spanish Sugar Mill. Canoe, kayak and paddleboat rentals also allow guests to explore 18,000 acres of lakes, creeks and marshes in the neighboring Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge. Just up the road, be sure to amble around and gawk at the sculptures at Barberville Roadside Yard Art & Produce. WEBSITE: www. deleonsprings/

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Hot on the trail of 500 years of Spanish Colonial history



his year, Florida celebrates a significant historical milestone, the 500th anniversary of Juan Ponce de León’s arrival on the state’s east coast.

The exact site of the Spanish explorer’s landing has proven as elusive as the “fountain of youth” he was rumored to be seeking. What has been recorded is that on Easter Sunday, March 27, 1513, three Spanish ships commanded by de León sighted a peninsula off the Atlantic coast he would name “La Florida,” after the feast day, Pasqua Florida, on which it was discovered. An estimated 350,000 native Americans were living in Florida when de León first sighted the east coast. The Spaniards found the natives to be a prickly bunch and first encounters did not go well. In a 1521 expedition intended to colonize the new land, de León was mortally wounded in an encounter with the Calusa Indians near Charlotte Harbor on the west coast. It wasn’t until 1565 that a successful Spanish settlement was established by Don Pedro Menendez

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Clockwise from top left: the Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine; the recreated Native American council house, at Mission San Luis in Tallahassee; Historical reenacters at Mission San Luis; Kingsley Plantation on Ft. George Island near Jacksonville. Bruce Ackerman

Some suggested stops: The Mission San Luis de Apalachee

in present-day Tallahassee was one of many missions set up by the Spanish along traditional Indian trails in northeast Florida. Exhibits and living history demonstrations bring this 17th-century landmark to life. Kingsley Plantation is on Fort George Island outside Jacksonville. The home of John McQueen, built in 1798, is the oldest plantation house in Florida. The plantation is also the site of a Timucuan historic preserve. In a salt marsh north of St. Augustine, you’ll find the site of Fort Mose,


de Aviles. St. Augustine holds the title of “oldest city in America” and it played a key role in the European settlement of the United States. Those of us who call Florida home can share in this age of discovery through statewide events under the Viva Florida 500 banner. Of the state’s 19 million residents, 22.9 percent identified themselves as being of Hispanic or Latino in the most recent census. To fully take in the Spanish


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contribution to our cultural heritage, why not travel this summer along Florida’s Spanish Colonial Heritage Trail from St. Augustine west to Pensacola or south to Key West? The state’s tourism office, Visit Florida, and the Division of Historical Resources have teamed up to produce a 65-page illustrated guidebook for your trip. A series of three- and five-day driving tours will start you on your way.

settled by black fugitive slaves from the British colonies to the north. By 1738 it was the first free black settlement in North America. The remains of Fort Mose were rediscovered in 1986 in an archeological expedition led by University of Florida researchers. Charlotte Harbor celebrates visits by Ponce de León to southwest Florida in 1513 and 1521. The statue of the Spanish adventurer in Punta Gorda is the focal point of an annual re-enactment of his landing by the Royal Order of Ponce de León Conquistadors. Another conquistador, Hernando de Soto, is commemorated in Bradenton. A national park site hosts living history demonstrations from December to April. De Soto’s expedition from 1539 to 1542 covered 4,000 miles from Florida to Texas. To order the guide, visit www. spanishcolonial/index.cfm. The guide is in both Spanish and English.

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opened in 1952. The restaurant’s menu promises a taste of Florida Cracker cuisine harkening back to the early 1900s. The Yearling Restaurant is open noon to 9 p.m. Thursday, noon to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 8:30 p.m. on Sunday. Among the old Florida items on its menu are venison, quail, frog legs and alligator. Those less adventurous can order stuffed flounder, a grilled chicken breast or prime rib, among other entrees.

Southern comfort for the soul



Five spots that dish up a taste of the South


By Diane Chun

e each have our own definition of comfort food. In the South, it usually involves dishes like Grandma used to make: fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, great biscuits.

When Grandma’s not available, there are a number of spots within a day trip from Gainesville to refuel the tummy and refresh the soul. Try these this summer: Chef Eddie’s chicken and waffles.

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Inside The Yearling in Cross Creek.

Chef Eddie’s Restaurant 3214 Orange Center Blvd. Orlando (407) 990-1177

If you find yourself hungry in the Orlando area, Chef Eddie James is serving up food that’s good for the soul. The unpretentious family-run restaurant is located in a strip mall on Orange Center Boulevard just off the John Young Parkway. Open from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, Chef Eddie’s is worth a stop for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The fried chicken is special, but why not make it better by ordering chicken and waffles? Or red velvet waffles? Fried green tomatoes, shrimp and grits, and baked macaroni and cheese with a crispy crust offer the flavor of the South. Don’t miss out on the jalapeno cracklin’ muffins, served up with pineapple-honey butter.

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What better occasion to visit an iconic Cross Creak eatery than this year, the 75th anniversary of Marjorie Kinnan Rawling’s classic novel, “The Yearling”? Cross Creek is 14 miles south of Gainesville. Just down the road from the Rawlings home is the Yearling Restaurant, which first


The Yearling Restaurant

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In St. Augustine, visitors and locals alike line up at O’Steen’s Restaurant for just one thing: fresh shrimp. The restaurant isn’t fancy, but driving by on A1A just south of Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room in Savannah.

Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room

Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room 107 West Jones St., Savannah, Georgia (912) 232-5997

Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room has been a Savannah institution since it was opened by Sema Wilkes in a downtown boarding house in 1943. Mrs. Wilkes’ is open for lunch weekdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. but the line forms early every day along West Jones Street. Seating is family style on a first-come basis. Yes, the restaurant has a reputation for Southern goodness with both tourists and locals, and you’ll meet some of both as you wait outside for a table to open up. There’s no menu, but you’ll find

about 20 dishes before you when you sit down with eight or nine new tablemates. You’ll be passing fried chicken, greens, creamed corn, scalloped potatoes, okra, black-eyed peas, macaroni and cheese, baked beans, biscuits, cornbread, pot roast, pulled pork and more. Prepare to wash it all down with another Southern staple, sweet tea. Members of the “clean plate club” can celebrate with banana pudding or fruit cobbler. You’ll clear your own place before ponying up $18 cash for this time-tested boarding house experience.

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O’Steen’s Restaurant

the Bridge of Lions, you’ll usually see a line outside the door. O’Steen’s hours are 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., but diners in the know come early to avoid the wait. The restaurant is closed Sunday and Monday. Also worth noting: O’Steen’s is “cash only.” Your cash will buy you a platter full of lightly fried, butterflied shrimp, fresh from the local shrimp boats. Popular downhome sides include hushpuppies, Minorcan clam chowder that harkens back to the city’s heritage, and banana or coconut cream pie.

Ivy House 106 NW Main Street Williston (352) 528-5410 Ivy House of Ocala 917 East Silver Springs Blvd. Ocala (352) 622-5550

Enjoy a down-home meal and a touch of local history with a stop at the Ivy House, 20 minutes from Gainesville in Williston. Marjorie “Mimi” Hale, her daughters and granddaughters have created a restaurant in the 1912 home of Dr. Jesse M. Willis, son of the town’s founder. A historic home in Ocala now houses the Ivy House of Ocala. Both make the most of the Hale family recipes. Enjoy such favorites as shrimp and grits, fried green tomatoes on your BLT sandwich, or Krispy (as in Rice Krispies) baked chicken with macaroni and cheese. Wash it all down with raspberry tea. Both spots live up to the Ivy House motto: “Come on home, it’s supper time.”

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The rules of Keeping Cool Beaches, springs and pools hold the key


By Casey Moore

othing revives you from the Florida summer heat as quickly as a quick dip in cool waters. Luckily, nearby we have a large variety of options from which to choose. Here’s a list of some of the best beaches, springs and pools in and around Gainesville to help you plan your next escape from the intense summer heat. File photo

Ginnie Springs near High Springs.

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Poe: Located just outside of High Springs, this small, quiet park is nestled in the heart of 200 acres of Florida woods and offers a beautiful way to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.

Hart Springs near Bell.

With volleyball nets and large pavilions for group gatherings, as well as a soccer and softball field, this little spring offers a variety of activities. www. poe%20springs/ Blue: If the view from the high dive straight down through its deep clear waters isn’t enough to


Ichetucknee: This refreshing spring four miles northwest of of Fort White leads its visitors on a winding 6-mile journey through rich hardwood hammocks before flowing

Hart: Deep in the woods, down a 1/2-mile-long winding boardwalk along the Suwannee River, this beautiful hidden spring provides a special retreat. Just outside of Bell in Gilchrist County, Hart Springs boasts one of the area’s largest swimming facilities. It also offers picnic tables, grills, restrooms, dressing rooms, camp sites, boating, fishing, hiking and diving through an extensive network of underwater caves.



into the Santa Fe River. Whether canoeing, kayaking or tubing, visitors will enjoy this extraordinary and relaxing float through the heart of Florida wilderness. www. ichetuckneesprings/


Ginnie: Diving enthusiasts will enjoy the excursion through the Ginnie Spring Basin, with its walls composed of lightreflective limestone and unique winding caverns. But Ginnie Springs Outdoors, a privately owned park just outside of High Springs, entertains non-divers, as well, with camping, MER M U S volleyball, THE canoeing and other activities at the park’s 2013 multiple springs. Equipment rentals and dive instruction are available on-site, as well as canoe/kayak rentals. www.ginniespringsoutdoors. com/



make visitors fall in love with Blue Springs, surely the walk through the Florida cypress down its winding wooden pier will leave them smitten. The privately-owned park just outside of High Springs also offers a variety of fun activities, such as camping, volleyball, picnic tables and barbecue grills, with on-site


Neptune Beach and Atlantic Beach (Jacksonville): Just 20 miles east of downtown Jacksonville, both beaches offer visitors a chance to swim, fish, sunbathe or take a quiet leisurely stroll down the shoreline. Visit the beaches’ Town Center to find live music and an assortment of restaurants, or to explore the diverse collection of shops and vendors that help make this area popular with beachgoers. http:// and

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Crescent Beach (St. John’s County): Just 1 1/2 hours away by car, Crescent is one of Gainesville’s closest beaches and has long been a local favorite. Its fine white sands, offbeach parking, picnic areas, showers and restrooms help to make it a great, quick getaway. St. Petersburg Beach: With 35 miles of sugar-sand beaches, clear gulf waters and a variety of nearby restaurants, shops and museums, it’s no surprise that Trip Advisor voted this the No.1 beach in the United States. It offers one

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of the Gulf coast’s only viable surf spots at Upham Beach, located on the north side of St. Pete. Just 2 1/2 hours away by car, it is definitely worth the trip. Anastasia State Park (St. Augustine): More than 1,600 acres of natural, untouched beauty and spacious beaches make up this expansive state park just east of St. Augustine. With fishing, boating, camping, windsurfing and more, there is certain to be an activity for everyone to enjoy. www. anastasia/



Clearwater Beach.


Rainbow: Take the relaxing 5 1/2-mile canoe, kayak or snorkeling journey down to the Rainbow River and visitors will understand why this spring is truly a unique getaway. Offering beautiful gardens and a peaceful setting for leisurely walks or picnicking in the sun, they may find themselves never wanting to leave. The park entrance is three miles north of Dunnellon on U.S. Highway 41. www. rainbowsprings/


canoe/kayak rentals. www.

Longboat Key near Sarasota.

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Longboat Key: This beautiful Gulf coast beach just north of Sarasota offers a quiet escape from the billboards, neon signs and shopping malls of the mainland. Take a leisurely ride along the winding Gulf of Mexico Drive to view its 19 miles of extravagant mansions and tropical wildlife. Find a spot on Whitney Beach’s 1/4-milelong pristine shores, and relax in this secluded, tropical hideaway. www. Clearwater Beach: Whether enjoying the adventures of deep-sea

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fishing, pirate cruises, parasailing, paddle-boarding, kayaking and more, or the small-town feel of Clearwater’s shops and quiet streets, this little beach town is sure to offer a nice day’s retreat for everyone. Clearwater Beach is also home of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s famous dolphin, Winter, star of the movie “Dolphin Tale.” Clearwater’s extensive variety of activities helped earned its recent designation as Florida’s Best Beach Town in a reader poll published by USA Today.

PUBLIC POOLS H. Spurgeon Cherry (Westside) Pool 1001 NW 31st Drive, 332-2187 This facility offers a variety of options. Short-course lap lanes, dive towers, one- and three-meter diving boards, kiddie pool and swim lessons make this a great place to develop your skills as a swimmer. If you’re looking for fun, the giant aqua slide, splash pads and picnic areas create a relaxing atmosphere for families and friends. With amenities such as its disabled access ramp, bathhouses and showers, and professional trained staff, this pool aims to accommodate the needs of all swimmers. Cost: $3.85, adults; $2.45, youth (3-17) and seniors; free to city employees and

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H. Spurgeon Cherry (Westside) Pool.

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spouses (registered domestic partner) Andrew R. Mickle Sr. Pool 1717 SE 15th St., 334-2190 The facility offers seven short-course lap lanes, one- and three-meter diving boards and swim lessons with trained staff. There is a wide sundeck perfect for sunbathing or picnicking with the family and bathhouses and showers for getting dressed. There is a disabled access ramp to accommodate all visitors. Cost: $2.45, adults; $1.35, youth (3-17) and seniors; free to city employees and spouses (registered domestic partner) Dwight H. Hunter (Northeast) Pool 1100 NE 14th St., 334-2191 The facility offers an expansive shallow area that is great for new swimmers or mothers with young children. It has eight short course lap lanes, splash pad and one- and three-meter diving boards. It also has a water slide for the kids, along with swim lessons with a professionally trained staff. The large deck allow plenty of space for sunbathing and the bathhouses and showers provide a nice way to clean up before and after. Disabled access ramps are available to accommodate all visitors. Cost: $3.30, adults; $1.95, youth (3-17) and seniors; free to city employees and spouses (registered domestic partner)

When the sun goes down:

It’s time to venture forth and check out the entertainment

By Laura Bernheim

MOVIES UNDER THE STARS Tioga Town Center: Bring your lawnchairs and blankets to Tioga Town Center on Fridays for monthly movies. The family-friendly selections include “The Lorax” (June 14), “Brave” (July 12), “Yogi Bear” (Aug. 9), “Little Giants” (Sept. 13), “ParaNorman” (Oct. 11) and “Hook” (Nov. 8).

SOUNDS OF SUMMER Bo Diddley Community Plaza: The Free Friday Summer Concert Series returns to the Bo Diddley Community Plaza each Friday from 8 to 10 p.m. Tioga Town Center also will host concerts once a month. The wide range of bands includes everything from R&B to salsa.

SEE THE STARS UF Observatory: Observe the moon, planets, stars and more on Friday nights from 8:30 to 10 p.m. at the University of Florida’s Astronomy Teaching Observatory

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ART AND FRESH AIR Downtown Art Walk: Gainesville’s creativity is on display on the last Friday of each month from 7 to 10 p.m. Stroll through many of downtown’s galleries, eateries and businesses on the self-guided tour.

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The neverbored zone:

Activities to keep your kids happy and occupied Harn Museum of Art Summer Camp.

Downtown Art Walk. Brad McClenny

DIVE IN THE DARK Ginnie Springs: Certified SCUBA divers can stay in Ginnie Springs until midnight exploring two springs and, if you’ve had the proper training, more than 30,000 feet of underwater caverns and passageways.

UF Bat House: About 300,000 bats emerge from the two bat barns near Lake Alice during a 15- to 20-minute window after sunset. They’ll fly over spectators and head toward the lake, where they’ll eat millions of insects each night.

SWING A CLUB West End Golf Course: The golf course, driving range and putting green are all fully lit at West End Golf Course, which stays open until 11:30 p.m.

ZIP THROUGH THE SKY The Canyons Zip Line and Canopy Tours: Navigate more than a mile of ziplines through a remote natural area featuring a lake, cliffs, forest and wildlife. The Canyons Zip Line and Canopy Tours company in Ocala hosts these tours sporadically throughout the summer during full moons.


By Patricia Klier

t’s hot, it’s sticky and you’re tired of hearing your kids say “I’m bored!” What should you do?

“The best defense is a good offense,” says Kathy Stewart, founder of the Gainesville-based website “I find that the day goes much easier when I have an activity planned ... library, museum, dollar movies, bowling, skating.” A plethora of kid-friendly indoor and outdoor activities exists, if you know where to look. It can be a short visit to the newest bounce house extravaganza at Bouncin’ Big, or exploring rocket technology with the experts at the Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention, or taking a short day trip to cool off at the Blue Springs Water Park in nearby High Springs. And just when you think you’ve run out of things to do, remember there are parents out there who probably feel the same way — and wouldn’t



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mind planning a playdate to break the boredom. “I’ve always found it really easy to meet other families and find kids for my kids to play with,” explains Stewart. “Go to any playground and ask the first mom you see what she likes to do ... and you’re sure to get a long list. It’s a really welcoming place to live.” Here are some ideas to get you started:

Get Artsy!

Help unleash your little Monets and Manets by exposing kids to a variety of cultural and art programs at the local museums. The Samuel P. Harn Museum : (3259 Hull Road, offers free admission to view the galleries and provides summer camp opportunities, both half day and full-day. In addition, there are family days covering a variety of themes planned during weekends. The Doris Bardon Community Cultural Center: (716 N Main St.,

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The Hippodrome Theatre: (25 SE Second Place, The Hipp also offers summer camp opportunities for kids and teens (no acting experience necessary), where actors learn everything about stage production from memorizing lines to creating scenery to marketing the finished product.

Get Wet!

Summertime fun means one thing:

The Dali Museum.

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water! Kids of all ages love water play and Gainesville offers up plenty of opportunities to get wet. For casual water play with younger kids, check out the nearby: Alachua Splash Park: (14300 NW 146th Terrace, Alachua, cityofalachua.

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com), which has free admission for its interactive water fountains, splash pad and picnic area.

Speaking of water parks, the closest one is: Wild Waters Water Park at Silver Springs: (5656 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Silver Springs, which has a 450,000-gallon wave pool, 220-foot-long Silver Bullet speed flumes, as well as attractions for younger kids, such as the Cool Kids Cove and the Tad Pool.

Families can also enjoy events like “Water Wednesdays” hosted by: Fun4GatorKids and Space Walk of Gainesville: which feature water tables, slip-and-slides, wading pools, water toys and more (dates and locations to be announced, check out

Get Active!

Don’t let the heat hold you back from pursuing these fun pastimes, both indoors and out. Bouncin’ Big: (824 NW 250th Terrace,

Free Admission

mu seu m A Midsummer Night’s Dream Thursday, June 13, 6 – 9 p.m.

Activities and entertainment inspired by the work of Shakespeare.

Museum Nights

Thursday, July 11, 6 – 9 p.m.

Museum Nights is held the second Thursday of every month from 6 to 9 p.m.

Family Day: Picturing Dad Saturday, June 15, 1 – 4 p.m.

Gallery Talks Sundays, 3 p.m.

June 2 Cofrin Curator of Asian Art Jason Steuber July 21 Curator of Photography Carol McCusker July 28 Curator of African Art Susan Cooksey Aug. 4 Curator of Contemporary Art Kerry Oliver-Smith and Curator of Modern Art Dulce Román


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Seeing a play for the first time or the fiftieth time can be a magical experience, especially when it’s housed in a historical building of significance:

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image: Goseda Yoshio Portrait of Tsuda Umeko Meiji era, c. 1893 – 1912 Courtesy of Kagedo Japanese Art




Weeki Wachee Springs State Park.

Newberry, newlyopened, features 8,000 square feet of fun with its variety of inflatable “bouce houses” and inflatable play structures. Bowling: is another great indoor activity for kids of all ages, especially when kids can bowl free at participating alleys such as Reitz Union (655 Reitz Union Dr.,union.ufl. edu) and Alley Gatorz Bowling Center (2606 NE Waldo Road) by visiting

For a variety of indoor and outdoor activities, try: Skate Station Funworks: (1311 NW 76th Blvd.,, which has an indoor rock wall, roller hockey, batting cages, miniature golf and go-karts.

Skateboarders and rollerblading enthusiasts should check out: Possum Creek Skate Park: (4009 NW 53rd Ave.) for a custom concrete “playground” designed by Spohn Ranch, which specializes in building private and municipal skate parks.

And on every third Thursday of the month, check out: Gainesville EcoTours: Go to www. for the time and location of its Family Nature Club hike. The club meets at a predetermined location and provides a family-friendly guided hike and scavenger hunt to help kids learn about and explore nature in their

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Possum Creek Skate Park.

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Get Entertained! Here and Away

Living in Gainesville has its perks, and one of them is the proximity to Florida’s many theme parks, attractions and zoos. There’s always the “Mouse” at Lake Buena Vista’s Walt Disney World or Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Orlando, but for something a little different consider these options: Legoland Florida: (One Legoland Way, Winter Haven, florida.legoland. com) is a haven for building mavens who love the colorful little bricks. The 150-acre interactive theme park is geared toward visitors age 2 to 12, and features rides, shows and attractions. In addition, the Legoland Water Park is





next door, with pools, slides and water play areas for younger kids — perfect for the hottest days of the season. Weeki Wachee Springs State Park: (6131 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, is considered one of the first tourist attractions in Florida, and is known for its live “mermaid” shows, reptile exhibits, and river boat ride. It even has its own water park, called Buccaneer Bay. Lowry Park Zoo: (1101 West Sligh Ave., Tampa, will surely keep your kids entertained. Voted one of the “Top 10 Zoos” by Parents Magazine, the Lowry Park Zoo has more than 1,500 animals, two exciting water play areas, and rides like the zoo train, water bumper boats, jungle carousel, and flume ride.

A little closer to home: Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention: (904 S. Main St., which seeks to inspire inventors of all ages with its exhibits and lab-based classes. Although the Cade Museum is still in the process of raising funds for its world-class facility in Depot Park (slated to open in 2015), the museum’s current location offers science-based programs and mini-camps throughout the summer, including topics such as rocketry, film camp, robotics, growing crystals, and an inventor-led series on water purification, DNA and insectborn diseases. The current site features the original Gatorade laboratory from the University of Florida — a modest lab suggesting that even the biggest transformational ideas can start in a small place.

And don’t forget about the free exhibits, summer classes and newly designed hands-on: “Discovery Room” at the Florida Museum of Natural History: (3215 Hull Road,, which is open seven days a week. In addition to exhibits like the Titanoboa and the Butterfly Rainforest (both require paid admission), kids are welcome to explore nature and science with summer camp topics ranging from rowdy reptiles to mammal mania to nature photography.

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Imagine That! 11 ways to expand your mind and unleash hidden talents


By Patricia Klier

here’s something about the summer that makes it perfect for learning something new. Perhaps it comes from our childhood memories of picking up skills at summer camp. Or maybe it’s just the long stretch of sunshine that makes it possible to daydream and create.

“When we create, we are able to set aside the boring stuff in our lives and just live a little,” explains Vanessa Wilson, owner of Crafty Gemini, LLC, an online do-it-yourself video tutorial business. To start, get outside of your comfort zone. You don’t necessarily need to commit to a class; it can be as easy as visiting places where creative types flock: museums, galleries, art shows, craft shops and bookstores. “One of the best ways to be more creative is to hang out with other people who are creative,” explains Kim Kruse, owner of Sew Make Do, a craft studio. If you are ready to take the leap into arts, crafts, and culture this summer,

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Museum Night at the Harn Museum of Art. Lee Ferinden

there are plenty of opportunities here in Gainesville. MOVIE NIGHT What could be more fun than watching a movie? The Creative B Movie Series at the Florida Museum of Natural History (3215 Hull Road, offers a bonus: learning something new. Zoology in B movies is the theme of this free discussion series, which runs each Saturday in



Florida Museum of Natural History.

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July at 7 p.m. A panel from the University of Florida will discuss the film’s history, and how the story “works” within it. July 6, the featured movie is the 1933 “King Kong;” July 13, “Harry and the Hendersons;” July 20, “Creature from the Black Lagoon;” July 27, “Trail of the Skunk Ape,” a “mockumentary” filmed in Gainesville. BACK IN TIME On Saturday, Aug. 3, the museum will sponsor a trip to St. Augustine to tour three archaeological sites: Fountain of Youth, the Colonial Quarter and the Government House. Archaeologists will provide information on each site, including a sneak peek of the first colony exhibit at the Government House, which will open to the public in October. Registration opens in July. ART LESSONS The Doris Bardon Community Cultural Center (716 N. Main St., was created from the combined efforts of the Arts Association of Alachua County and the Gainesville Fine Arts Association with a legacy from the late art patron/community activist Doris Bardon. “The Doris” offers adult art classes, improv workshops


LEARN HOW TO RE-USE IT For a truly one-of-a-kind experience, visit the Repurpose Project (519 S. Main St., for art supplies, creative workshops and galleries. Housed in an industrial warehouse, the nonprofit center inspires artists to upcycle and reuse with its array of conventional and nonconventional art supplies, such as bottle caps and scrap wire. The “Fix-it Cafe” offers innovative solutions for broken toys, household goods, and antiques (hint: expect the unusual because they don’t use traditional repair parts). The Repurpose Project hosts a weekly Craft Night each Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. EXPAND YOUR MIND Your college days might be behind you, but the Leisure Course program at the University of Florida’s J. Wayne Reitz

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Union ( proves you can still learn a thing or two. If you want the basics — crochet, ceramics, drawing, jewelry-making — the Leisure Course program offers these classes and caters to those with a variety of skill levels. The Reitz Union has its own Arts & Crafts Center, which allows artists to bring their own projects during open hours or sign up for one of the center’s “make it and take it” classes. Visit the second floor gallery to view works by UF students and professors, with free admission. ••• Santa Fe College (3000 NW 83rd St., also has a community education program that explores a wide range of topics from ceramics and knitting to digital photography, creative writing and singing. LEARN MORE ABOUT ART You may have visited the The Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art (3259 Hull Road, for its collection of Asian and African art, contemporary paintings, photographs, sculptures and exhibits, but did you know about the hands-on opportunities that await? Museum Nights, held year-round on the second Thursday of each month from 6 to 9 p.m., features performances, games and refreshments on a specific theme. June’s theme is “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” July’s theme is “Creative Be,” a night of art, dance, kite art and creativity. For August, the theme is “Facing It! A Night of Portraiture at the Harn.” ••• For budding artists, consider taking a class from local artist Annie Pais’ series called


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and artists’ critiques and an ever-changing gallery and gift shop. Interested in watercolors, sculpting, mosaic work, printmaking, oils or acrylics? The Doris has someone who can help. Lectures from local artists and visiting scholars, weekend jam sessions and kids classes round out their calendar of events.

The Doris Bardon Community Cultural Center.

The Hippodrome.

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“Drawing in the Galleries.” The class allows visitors to work directly with the featured artist, and the topics are inspired by the Harn exhibitions. This six-week series is available during July through August, with registration beginning in June. Call 352-3929826 x 2112 for more information. ••• If you’re looking for a fun weekend activity, visit the Harn for a docent-led tour from 2 to 3 p.m. In the “Art Blast” tours, docents provide a five-minute presentation on selected works from noon to 1 p.m. Groups of 10 or more may schedule a special tour by calling 392-9826 x 2149 at least three weeks in advance. Parking is free on weekends. ••• The Harn’s Bishop Study Center encourages visitors to learn about art through its collection of books, how-to videos, CDs, touchable objects and online resources for all ages. Classes for children and adults are available, as well, usually on a monthly basis. Or check out the original artwork, prints and art-based gifts available in the gift shop. PERSONAE DRAMATIS Perhaps you’re not ready to be an actor but you’d love to discover more about your favorite cast and crew. Check out the behind-the-scenes “Talk Back” program at The Hippodrome (25 SE Second Place, for the performances of Avenue Q, which gives patrons an opportunity to interact with the creators and actors behind the show. “Talk Back” with Avenue Q is slated for Sunday, June 9, following the 2 p.m. performance, and is included with ticket purchase.

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Unlocking Your Inner Athlete: Where to take lessons in what you’ve always wanted to learn


By Patricia Klier

hile it may be too late to become the next Michael Phelps or Michelle Wie, it’s never too late to pick up a fun new sport or hobby. If you’ve ever dreamed about being a scratch golfer, an award-winning swimmer or a champion ballroom dancer, chances are there is a certified teacher here in Gainesville who can help. Rock Climbing

Although there aren’t exactly any mountains here in Florida, don’t let that keep you from trying the exhilarating sport of rock climbing. Grab some friends and try out the rock wall at Gainesville Rock Gym (704 S. Main St.,, which will provide you with the safety equipment and techniques to have you scaling the walls like Spiderman in no time. An all-day pass includes gear rental, a lesson in belay (a safety practice that allows the belayer to “catch” his partner if he or she falls), and access to more than 8,500 square feet of vertical space to climb. Sun Country Sports Center (www.suncountrysports. com) features a 2,500-square-foot wall, a 900-square-foot free-standing cave, and even a mechanical tread wall. Lessons are offered to students at every skill level, and there is also a group class for businesses that want a fun team-building exercise.

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Ironwood Golf Course. Erica Brough


Here in sunny Florida, golfers have the flexibility to enjoy the sport year-round and the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors. A beginner? Start with private lessons from a golf professional if you’re not sure of the difference between a driver and a divot. Here are a few public courses to check out for private or group lessons and play: Ironwood Golf Course (2100 NE 39th Ave.,, Meadowbrook Golf Club (3200 NW 98th St., www., West End Golf Club (12830 W. Newberry Road, Newberry),




Gainesville Rock Gym. Matt Stamey

and the Mark Bostick Golf Course at the University of Florida (2800 SW Second Ave., For those who already play but want to brush up on their game, course lessons are great; a golf pro can provide pointers and onsite teaching advice during an actual round of golf. There’s even a special exercise program called GolfFit at Gainesville Health and Fitness Center (4820 Newberry Road, if you are looking for a new way to get your physique in top shape for the links.


Ready to unleash your inner Serena or Venus Williams? Look no further than the many public courts and clubs at your disposal in Gainesville. For those just starting, private lessons or group lessons are available at: Gainesville Tennis Academy (1001 NW 34th St.,, DB Racquet Club (5100 NW 53rd St.,, Jonesville Tennis Center (14080 NW 32nd Ave.,, and Tip Top Tennis (SW Archer Road, The J. Wayne Reitz Union (655 Reitz Union Drive, www. also offers leisure courses in beginner’s tennis and tennis cardio. Once you’re ready to compete, consider joining a city league, or try your hand at doubles tennis for an added challenge.



Bored with the same old fitness routine? Why not try fencing? The Florida Fencing Academy (809 W. University Ave., provides not only lessons but equipment rentals until you are ready to buy your own saber, helmet, and safety gear. Adults can learn a variety of techniques, including foil, sabre, and epee, from Brian Harper, an internationally renowned coach, and his team.


With the proper stroke and breathing techniques, you can turn your summer splash sessions into precision laps that will have you ready to compete against Gator alumnus Ryan Lochte … maybe. In any case, the swimming coaches and professionals at the following clubs would be happy to help: Sun Country Sports Center (333 SW 140th Terrace, Jonesville, features a “drills and skills” adult swim class and a masters adult swim class, as well as private instruction; the North Florida YMCA (5201 NW 34th Blvd., has a masters program for competitive swimming, as well as adult lessons and a Red Cross lifeguard class; The Swim Squad (www.theswimsquad. com) offers adult private and group lessons in the comfort of your own pool; the City of Gainesville ( offers group lessons, Saturday stroke clinics, and water aerobics and aqua-Zumba classes for those who want additional cardio training; and the Makos Aquatics Club (www., a nonprofit swim club, offers private lessons and competitive swim leagues for those who want to race.


Are you as cool as Katniss or as righteous as Robin Hood? Try out your aim with a

Bear Archery.

bow and arrow at the Easton-Newberry Sports Complex (24880 NW 16th Ave., Newberry, The professionals at this world-class facility, just 16 miles outside of Gainesville, can teach proper techniques for holding, aiming and shooting your target. Certified coaches will familiarize you with the National Training System method of archery, used by the U.S. Olympic archery team, as well as safety techniques. Linda Archer of NorthStar Archery ( is a competitive archer and teacher who provides archery practice on her private range each Thursday.

Dance and Gymnastics

Whether you are hooked on ballroom dancing or have two left feet, a variety of classes and schools can help you brush up on your skills. Cameron Dancenter (www. teaches beginner’s tap dancing, ballet, hip-hop and jazz, and offers intermediate adult classes, as well. Unified Training Center (809 W University Ave., features salsa dancing, Zumba fitness, and even pole dancing — for the more adventurous. Students at the Joni Messler School of Dance (1501 NW 16th Ave., can choose from ballet, jazz, tap, and modern dance classes. The Maria Alvarez Imperial Dance Studio (3550 SW 34th St., Suite A, provides ballroom dance instruction, salsa dancing and Zumba; in addition, students can choose between group classes, private lessons or socials (intended to allow dancers to mingle and practice their skills). Pofahl


Florida Fencing Academy


Florida Fencing Academy.

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Zumba class. Brad McClenny

Dance Studio (1325 NW 2nd St., www. offers adult ballet, hip-hop and contemporary dance. For a twist on traditional dance, there’s always belly dancing at the Ethnic Dance Expressions Studio (4000 Newberry Road, D-2, which has a variety of classes from the novice belly dancer to the advanced. There’s even a class on how to sew your own belly-dancing costume. Independance Studio (7050-10 SW Archer Road, www.independancestudio. com) features conditioning classes for the serious dancer, as well as an introductory class for those interested in the basics of ballet and jazz techniques. Sun Country Sports Center (www.suncountrysports. com) offers an adult tumbling class for those who want to refresh their cartwheels and flips. And don’t forget about the leisure class program at the J. Wayne Reitz Union (655 Reitz Union Drive, for beginner’s classes in salsa and ballroom dancing, as well as a wedding dance class for couples who are ready to tie the knot.

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Judy, after her

Smile Makeover

Photo by Johnston PhotograPhy

Judy Davis is well known by her clients as a perfectionist. As an interior decorator, Judy says she hires only the very best contractors and accepts nothing less than excellence. Every item must complement or accent a room and be in its exact place and position when she is done. When she wanted her old dental work replaced, her search was for excellence, which led her straight to Drs. Art and Kim Mowery of Exceptional Dentistry. Judy had received many compliments about her smile throughout her life. However, she began to notice some subtle changes. She had developed some small chips and a couple of teeth seemed to have shifted backward just a little, nothing major. No one else even noticed. But she wanted to have her great smile again. She wanted it to be perfect. But who in Gainesville would she trust to perfect her smile? Judy spent hours researching online and talking to friends and family before choosing a dentist. When she did, she chose Art Mowery, DMD, of Exceptional Dentistry. < Judy, before

“Just as important to me as the education, experience and materials,” said Judy, “was the question of chairside manner and likability. Dr. Mowery is one of the nicest people I have ever met. He takes the time to get to know you, your wants, and desires. Then he practices true gentle dentistry.” “With a few veneers, some gum contouring, reshaping and whitening, we were able to dramatically improve Judy’s smile,” said Dr. Mowery. “We actually completed her case in only two visits!” In true perfectionist fashion, even Judy was shocked when her permanent veneers arrived; Dr. Mowery would not even let her see them because they were not acceptable to him. “He sent them back,” said Judy. “I told him that I was happy with the temporaries. I could have stayed in them, let alone the new veneers. He said ‘No, I’m not happy with them. They’re going back.’ When the new veneers came in, Dr. Art gave his approval with a resounding ‘Now these are smoke’n!’ ” Judy said, “They look great and I love them!” Clients of Drs. Art and Kim Mowery and their team often comment on how Exceptional Dentistry has vastly improved their dental experience. For instance, this practice is one of very few in North Florida capable of offering I.V. sedation, and implant dentistry, as well as high quality cosmetics and extremely difficult reconstructive dentistry. Many of their clients could not find solutions to their complicated dental issues until they came to the Mowerys. Patients come from all parts of Florida to experience Dr. Art and Kim Mowerys’ world class quality, service and experience in


Your teeth don’t always last a lifetime. And replacing missing teeth is not only good for your overall health, it’s also important to the health of your other teeth. when a tooth is lost, you lose some chewing ability and the space created by the missing tooth or teeth can cause other teeth to be lost, tipped, or crowded, and create even more problems. obviously there are issues of poor appearance and lost self-esteem caused by missing teeth. Dental implants should be considered as an option to replacing a failing or missing tooth. Implants do not get cavities, maintain good bone structure and never need a root canal. Drs. Art and Kim Mowery are highly trained in reconstructive, cosmetic and tMJ dentistry. they also perform implantology and bone grafting; hence there is no need to be referred to another dental office. Because of their training and experience, they understand how your new dental implant needs to function and appear within the rest of your smile design.

cosmetic, reconstructive, implant and sedation dentistry. The doctors were featured in Newsweek magazine’s “10 Nationwide Leaders in Dentistry and Surgery” showcase in the December 2011 national edition. Isn’t this the type of dentistry you deserve?

ABOVE: on the left is a view of the implant post after the implant has been placed. you can see how well the gums have healed since the surgery. on the right is the implant with its new crown...a perfect match. BELOW: Being a cosmetic dentist is even more important when replacing a missing front tooth with an implant.

4960 Newberry Road, #220 • Gainesville (Next to Gainesville Health & Fitness)

(352) 332-6725 Drs. Art and Kim Mowery have been featured in:

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indulgently Want to savor a day exploring nature with a bit of pampering? For $100, the Greyfield Inn will pick you up by ferry, invite you in to experience its understated historic luxury, then send you off with a picnic lunch to tour the island on one of its bikes


By Ron Cunningham

helling is a human compulsion.

I only realized this recently while cycling a desolate stretch of beach along the eastern edge of Cumberland Island. Outwardly, I have no interest in shelling. But the magnetic attraction of those clamand-conch shaped objects, strewn across the sand as far as the eye can see, is … well, compelling. At first they all look alike. And then you begin to notice the variations and complexities of color, shade, size and shape. And soon you are on and off your bike; picking up one after another, discarding this one, stashing that one in a net bag, pulling it out again and replacing it with a “better” one. No thought to what in the world you will do with the things when you get them home. You simply can’t help yourself. Still, CSS (Compulsive Shelling Syndrome) may be the only downside to a getaway day on Cumberland. The rest of it — the waves, the sugar dunes, the ruins, the cathedral oaks, the wild horses and that delicious sense of solitude that comes from being alone on a seemingly endless expanse of beach — all recommend this island escape. My wife, Jill, and I had been spending a few days at Fernandina Beach, itself a great staycation destination with its historic waterfront downtown, great restaurants and shops and a new greenway that runs south through Amelia Island to connect with a bike-ped path on Big Talbot Island. Standing on the parapets of the Civil War-era stronghold at Fort Clinch State Park, Cumberland Island appears so near — not much more than a stone’s throw, really — that you feel as though you can almost reach out and touch it. But getting to the 17-mile-long Cumberland Island National Seashore typically involves driving north to the town of St. Mary, just across the Georgia line, and boarding the Cumberland Queen Ferry (Adults $20, Senior Citizens, $18, Children, $14). We chose a pricier but more convenient option.

The Greyfield Inn.

Cycling under the island’s oak canopy. RON CUNNINGHAM

For $100 a head, one can board the Lucy R. Ferguson at the municipal docks in Fernandina for a quick run to the dock of the Greyfield Inn, a 1900-era Carnegie family mansion turned luxury island inn. For that price, we enjoyed the use of the Greyfield’s bicycles, kayaks and other recreational gear, daytime access to the historic inn itself IF YOU GO (the library and its quirky volumes alone Greyfield Inn, 904are worth the price of admission) and a 261-6408 ; toll Free lunch packed in an old-fashioned wicker 866-401-8581; www. picnic basket. (Compare that to the imum $425-a-night stay for a room with Lucy R. Ferguson a shared bath.) Ferry, Fernandina We grabbed two beach cruisers and Beach dock, www. headed east on a shaded canopied dirt road to the Atlantic. With the wind at html our backs (trying not to think about Cumberland Queen the return trip) we cycled several miles Ferry, St. Mary, Ga.; south, encountering exactly two other Reservations M-F, 10 human beings the entire trip. Eventually a.m.-4 p.m.; 877-860we came to the southernmost tip of the 6787; http://www.nps. island where we observed … the brick gov/cuis/reservations. walls of Fort Clinch, just a stone’s throw htm away. At that point the sand becomes too soft to continue around the island, so we retraced our path for a few miles. Then we pushed our Continued on Page 125 ➤➤

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Dr. Norman Levy and wife Roslyn ended their trip to Vietnam with a visit to the ruins of Angkor Wat in nearby Cambodia.

Inspired travel

Photos courtesy of Roslyn and Norman Levy

Gainesville couples share their tips and favorite HOT T S I L 3 1 0 see-the-world memories 2 ER UMM THE S

A shop in Hoi An is festooned with lanterns, prepared for an upcoming festival. The Levys both tried their hands at making a lantern.

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Asia: Roslyn & Norman Levy savor Vietnam

Photos by Roslyn Levy

FROM LEFT: A house is perched on stilts over the water. Buddhist monks are a common sight in Southeast Asia. In Hue, considered the cultural heart of Vietnam, this ceremonial arch has been restored and painted.


Stories by by diane chun

ainesville Realtor Roslyn Levy and her husband, Dr. Norman Levy, are experienced travelers. They prefer to travel where life is substantially different from what they know.

Recently, they chose to visit Vietnam, with the assistance of a Hanoi travel agency. They were advised to travel in late January or early February, when the weather was best. In the hunt for a reasonable airfare, they went with a Taiwanese carrier, flying first to Taipei, and then to Hanoi. “We were going to a foreign country we didn’t know very much about,” Roz Levy says. “Having a good travel agent there was essential.” On their first night in Hanoi, the Levys had dinner in the travel agent’s home. Culinary delights are always a part of any trip the Levys make. She loves cooking, and they made it a habit to tour native markets, and managed a few cooking classes in the course of their trip. Determined to “go with the flow,” they even spent a couple of days biking into the countryside. “We traveled by many different modes: air, car, bicycle day trips and boat,” she says. They spent two days on a traditional junk with a crew of five at Ha Long Bay. The bay, which translates as “Bay of Descending Dragons,” is a World Heritage site consisting of 1,969 karst islands dotting the water. “One (of the crew members) seemed to spend all his time carving flowers and decorations for our evening meal,” Roz says. The last course came adorned with a junk carved from a watermelon. Both their names were cut into it. From Hanoi, the capital since reunification in 1976,

they traveled to Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, far south on the 2,140-mile coastline. The Socialist Republic of Vietnam has a population of 90 million. The majority are under the age of 55. “The first few days, I wondered where the older people were. My guess is that they were victims of the war, but there is no indication that Westerners are not welcome now.” Roz’s travel Browsing through her many suggestions albums of photographs, she recalls 1. Be open to new moments that will stay with her: experiences and ■■ Selecting flowers in the market explore cultural to take to her host family at dinner. differences. It’s a gentle custom Roz continues at home. 2. Participate, don’t ■■ Everyone on the city streets on just look on. motorcycles overloaded with family 3. Give of yourself and members, baskets of chickens or, in you’ll be received with one case, even a refrigerator. kindness. ■■ Crossing the street was more than an adventure, Roz says. It was closer to suicide. “Just walk, don’t stop!” she was advised. ■■ Biking along rice paddies in the countryside. “The school kids always wave and say, ‘hello.’” In Hue, they visited the former home of the emperor and traditional temples built along the Perfume River. The city is considered the cultural heart of Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh City was bustling and crowded. Even here, where tourists are not a rarity, they never had a bad meal. “Everywhere we went, we just got caught up in the life around us,” Roz says. “It was exciting.”

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Looking down on the lavender fields of the Luberon valley from the town of Gordes.

Photos courtesy of Kaydie Vistelle

ABOVE: Gainesville residents (from left) Kristi McCray, Doris Harvey, Norm Homman, Wendy Frazier and Janis Sherrard share a toast before dinner. AT LEFT: Lunch at the Auberge de la Loube features fresh ingredients.

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Europe: Susan Fish & Ray Niznik explore Provence

ABOVE: The Abbaye de Senanque dates back to the 12th century. AT LEFT: Susan Fish and Ray Niznik in a field of sunflowers.


usan F ish dreamed for years about touring Provence in the south of France.

“All my life I’ve wanted to go,” Susan says. Her husband of 10 years, Ray Niznik, professed to be more of a “rugged, scenic Alaska” kind of guy. Still, the couple picked up information on Kaydie Vistelle’s summer tours of Provence one Saturday morning. Chatting with Vistelle at her table in the Haile Village farmers market, they gleaned details of her week-long tours centered around the historic city of Avignon. Vistelle is a Gainesville resident who married a Frenchman and for years has spent summers in France. The June tours ( have enabled her (and her two children) to maintain a pied–à–terre on both sides of the Atlantic. Fish’s dreams of Provence won out over Alaska and the couple packed their cameras. Niznik took 1,700 pictures and Fish added another 1,000 on their eight-day expedition. “The food, the markets, the beauty of the place…” she gushes enthusiastically. “You couldn’t take a bad picture.” Their trip began with a flight into Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris. Then they boarded the high-speed TGV train for the 400-mile trip southeast to Avignon. Vistelle met them at the station in a seven-passenger van and whisked them off to the gite (a renovated manor house nestled in a vineyard) that was home base for the week. Vistelle rents the house every June for her groups. The groups (never more than six) share in viewing ancient

ruins and sunny vistas while walking along the village streets, Sue Fish and stopping in at various shops and Ray Niznik’s and galleries. Vistelle serves as travel tips guide and translator. 1. When overseas, consider Open-air markets are stocked traveling with a small group led with everything from fresh olives, by someone who knows the Provençal fabrics, soaps, cheeses, culture and language. wines, fresh fruits and vegetables, 2. Factor in the airfare in your and, of course, lavender. Fields travel planning. Fish says, “It of lavender and sunflowers are a can be a killer!” staple of Provençal life. 3. You can never take too many Provence is steeped in history. pictures. After coming home, It was the first Roman province sort them for DVDs and make beyond the Alps. In 1309 Pope scrapbooks using online sites. Clement V moved the seat of the Papacy to Avignon. Seven popes ruled from Avignon until the French Revolution. Provence has provided inspiration to artists and writers for centuries. Renoir, Van Gogh, Cezanne and Picasso painted there. More recently, author Peter Mayle wrote “A Year in Provence.” The 1989 bestseller continues to tempt travelers to the region. Coming home after a day of exploring, Fish and Niznik joined their fellow travelers in opening a bottle or two of local wine, sitting down to a dinner on the patio prepared by the resident cook, and enjoying conversation with new friends. “It’s absolutely the best vacation we’ve ever had,” Fish says. “We took everything at a French pace, instead of an American pace.”

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Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad

ABOVE: Fall colors in the Rocky Mountains along the tracks of the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad in mid-September.

Tips from Daniel & Pat 1. While considering destinations for travel, don’t overlook great opportunities right here in the United States.

Durango & Silverton Narrow-Gauge Railroad

The open viewing car on the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad.

Engineers put coal in the firebox on the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad.

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The Cinco Animas car parlor section of the Durango & Silverton Narrow-Gauge Railroad.

2. Know before you go about things like the weather at your destination. 3. Websites Daniel and Pat recommend for planning: www. Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad www.durangotrain. com: Durango & Silverton NarrowGauge Railroad Pike’s Peak Cog Railway Great Smoky Mountain Railroad

United states: Daniel & Pat Beach revel in rail journeys

The 473 train of the Durango & Silverton Narrow-Gauge Railroad leaves the Cascade Canyon Wye southbound to Durango.

ainesville retirees Daniel and Patricia Beach are fans of train travel. Not the Amtrak variety…too businesslike, Daniel Beach says. Instead the couple seek out old, restored trains that can carry them back to the 19th century.

Last September, they put together a one-week bus and train trip with the help of travel agents at AAA South that took them from Denver into the backcountry of Colorado and points south. It fed their love of old trains as efficiently as the stoker once fed coal into the firebox of a steamdriven locomotive. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that steam power and locomotives had the same transformative effect in the 19th century that the computer had in the 20th century. Steam locomotives on the transcontinental railroad linked the east and west coasts of America in 1879. Pat Beach says it’s that history, plus the glorious fall views of golden aspens that drew them to Colorado. The pair took the narrow-gauge Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad over its 64-mile route between Chamas, New Mexico and Antonito, Colorado. Built in 1880 as an extension of the Denver and Rio Grande line to serve the mining camps of the San Juan Mountains, the Cumbres and Toltec is perhaps the finest surviving example of what once was a vast network of Rocky Mountain railways. Another of the restored trains on their “must-do” list was the Durango and Silverton, which by 1882 was hauling silver and gold ore from the San Juan Mountains. Today’s passengers realize it’s the views along the narrow-gauge route that are truly precious. From Denver, the Beaches went down to Durango and spent three days riding trains. “They allowed us to get into the backcountry of the mountains and see the aspens up close,” he says. “We also managed to get our fair share of

courtesy of Daniel and Patricia Beach


Durango & Silverton Narrow-Gauge Railroad

coal dust on us.” The wind would blow through the old cars where passengers sat on benches. Not the most comfortable way to travel, but a chance to experience how people lived. If anyone passed through and opened the door, coal dust from the locomotive would come in. The restored trains had some open cars where the photographers could scramble for position to capture the best views. The couple learned a brisk lesson about the weather on the day they took the cog railway to the 14,110-foot summit of Pike’s Peak. Temperatures were in the high 60s while they waited to board. At the top were snow and ice, with a temperature near zero. But the experience didn’t dampen the couple’s love of riding the rails. “These trains were really useful in opening up the West. They are part of our history and it is a pleasure to see them still working,” Daniel Beach says. And they aren’t done yet: “The same fellow who put money into restoring these trains has also restored one from the 1800s in the Smoky Mountains. That one is still on my to-do list,” he adds. G A I N E S V I L L E   M A G A Z I N E | J U N E - J U LY 2 0 1 3


Feeling Good

Traveltranquility Looking to get away this summer? These tips will get you ready in a breeze — no matter where your travels take you


Hydration is really key.”

By Whitney D. Smith

Novak says if you’ll be traveling to a new hether you’re off to a tropitime zone, “start pretending you are already cal island or headed to climb the mounat that time zone” a few days before or even tains in the Northwest, making sure you while on the plane. are physically prepared for summer She recommends adjusting your travel is critical to keeping you on your feet. sleeping/waking time to the time But getting ready is easy and shouldn’t put HE SUMMER zone you’ll be visiting. If the plane T flight is long and encompasses a time you should a damper on your holiday plans. A Universibe asleep, consider an over-the-counter sleep aid or ask ty of Florida physician provides some simple your physician for a short-acting sleep medicine, she tools to keep you in tip-top shape for all your advises. This will allow your body to rest and prepare for destinations. 2013 arrival.


How to avoid jet lag Think water. No, we don’t mean the beach or waterfalls. “Drink plenty of fluids,” says Dr. Maureen Novak, an associate professor of pediatrics and associate dean for medical education at the University of Florida. “And don’t let those be caffeine and alcohol. 64 G A I N E S V I L L E   M A G A Z I N E

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And while awake on those multi-hour flights, avoid staying still for too long to avoid blood clots. “Getting up and moving is a good idea,” she says. “Especially on the long flights. Walk around the cabin when it’s safe and (the flight crew) lets you do that.”

How to avoid food-borne illness and other bugs “The best thing, of course, is to use typical precautions, such as washing your hands,” Novak says. “If you are traveling to places where the hygiene isn’t as good as it is in the (United) States and the water isn’t as safe, drink bottled water,” she cautions. As for avoiding the local bugs, Novak says to be careful of sharing germs. “You know, one of the fun things about traveling is to taste other people’s foods and drinks because it’s interesting,” she says. “But that will share germs, so you have to be very aware of that.” she says. To stave off foodborne illnesses, make sure your dishes are fully cooked and hot when you eat them. “Eat food that you peel or food that is hot so that bacteria are killed,” she advises. “That’s mostly in developing countries – not the States, Europe or Canada.”

Travel essentials Dr. Maureen Novak, an associate professor of pediatrics and associate dean for medical education at the University of Florida, offers a packing list: SHOES: A comfortable pair of walking shoes with good support. “Comfortable shoes are critical.” Healthy snack foods: “If I’m going somewhere where I’m not as familiar with food, I bring snacks.” bathing suit: “You never know where there will be water where you want to do something fun.” BACKPACK: A foldable, easy string backpack. “I keep one with me for day trips once I get to where I’m going.” READING: Lots of magazines. “I can then leave them there so I have space on way home and I have things to read on way there.” GIFTS: Gator gear, such as T-shirts and hats, to give as gifts. Novak says these provide “a flavor of where we are coming from.”

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How to deal with higher altitudes “Being in good physical shape is important,” the doctor says. And be reasonable about your physical expectations of your trip. “You shouldn’t go to a mile-high city and expect to do all sorts of activities the minute you get off the plane,” Novak says. Allow a day or two to acclimate to your new surroundings. She advises those with medical conditions to get checked by a physician prior to travel since higher altitudes put more strain on breathing and the heart. Sleep can also be disturbed by altitude changes. “Hydration is again key,” she says. “If you start out dehydrated because you haven’t been drinking all that fluid, you are going have more problems when you get there. Drink lots of water on the plane and when you get to your destination.” For those going to very high elevations, Novak says some people may need to take medication such as acetazolamide. Altitude sickness can strike anyone and is not related to physical fitness levels. This medication is “definitely recommended for people going to very high altitude of 11,000-plus,” she says. “Most of us going to places like Colorado don’t need those.”

How to pack stamina It’s helpful to be in good shape before you go. But the right equipment can help even if you haven’t been hitting the gym regularly. “Have the right shoes and comfortable clothing,” she says. “Don’t bring shoes you haven’t broken in yet. You need good support.” And of course catching some Zs is always on a doctor’s to-do list. “Good sleep is really important, especially if you are going to a place where you are changing sleep patterns because of a time change,” Novak says. “If you are not rested, you are not going to have good stamina.” Fueling your body with the right foods also will help to keep you going, Novak says. “If you are a picky eater, bring a jar of peanut butter for either you or your family,” she says. This is particularly important if you aren’t familiar with the food at your destination. For a hiking trip through Europe or other physically taxing travel, Novak advises preparing yourself weeks before you pack your bags. “Start by doing some walking beforehand. If you’re going to be hiking — we’re so flat in Florida — start by climbing stairs and get used to going up and down things.” The Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at UF is a popular resource, offering 90 rows of steps. It is open to the public from early morning until the late evening, except certain days during the UF football season. For those who sit behind a computer screen “and haven’t been outside in the heat and humidity – go for a walk outside to get used to the weather,” she suggests. “Our Florida weather is beautiful so we can get outside, but it is also pretty taxing,” Novak says. “So when we go somewhere else, we are often going to places that are

cooler and we are so grateful that we often do better.” How to handle the sun Natives to Florida are never surprised by 95-degree summer days. But venturing north doesn’t mean we can leave the sunscreen behind. Pack your sunscreen and reapply frequently, especially if you are playing water sports or sweating a lot, she says. If you will be outside, even in the mountains, Novak says to use the highest SPF that you can and apply it often. “Just because we are used to getting all this sunshine here, going to places with more clouds doesn’t mean we don’t still need sunscreen,” Novak says. G A I N E S V I L L E   M A G A Z I N E | J U N E - J U LY 2 0 1 3


Movie Night



Have film,

will travel

Sony Pictures Classics

Have the urge for adventure? These films will transport you to the lands of your dreams


By Keri Petersen

ravel awakens something deep inside of you. It’s an alarm clock for the senses. When you take a trip to another country, you morph into a human sponge, soaking up as much of the history, culture and ... ah, yes, the food ... as you can. Just as there are myriad choices as to where to go, there are also many films featuring travel that you can enjoy from the comfort of your favorite chair. These five films will transport you to France, Africa, Italy and Morocco for a dose of love, adventure and intrigue.

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“Midnight in Paris” (2011) — While visiting Paris with his bucket-of-cold-water fiancée (Rachel McAdams), writer Gil (Owen Wilson) happens to be on the streets alone at midnight when an old car drives up. When he get inside, it’s suddenly the 1920s, his favorite era. Each night at midnight he returns to hobnob with his heroes, from F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway to Pablo Picasso and Cole Porter. Adrien Brody is particularly hilarious in a small role as Salvador Dali. In this world, Gil also meets the lovely Adriana (Marion Cotillard). This whimsical tale of time-crossed lovers is one of Woody Allen’s most enjoyable films.

“Out of Africa” (1985) — A marriage of convenience to a baron from her native Denmark takes Karen (Meryl Streep) to Nairobi, British East Africa in 1913. As brave as she is headstrong, however, Karen learns to run a farm, takes on a few lions, challenges a chief and falls in love with a biggame hunter named Denys (Robert Redford). The scene in which Denys washes Karen’s hair during a safari is burned into the retinas of women everywhere, but this sweeping epic is filled with memorable moments, such as when the two of them tour the area by plane, and when Karen watches Denys while he sleeps in a chair. This film is based on the life of writer Karen Blixen, who wrote under the name of Isak Dinesen. “Roman Holiday” (1953) — Princess Ann (Audrey Hepburn), feeling hemmed in by her royal duties during a goodwill tour of Italy, slips away for 24 hours of everyday life. Her companion for the adventure is Joe (Gregory Peck), a journalist who realizes who she is but keeps mum as he envisions a big scoop. Together they fill the hours with all the things the princess wants to do, including taking a tour of the city on a scooter and dancing on a boat. It’s not a stretch to imagine the incomparably lovely and charming Hepburn as a princess. She always seemed as if she was one in real life. “The Man Who Knew Too Much” (1956) — Dr. McKenna

(James Stewart), his wife, Jo (Doris Day), and their young son inadvertently step into a world of political intrigue when they go to Morocco. A day after meeting a mysterious Frenchman on a bus, he dies in the street, but not before warning the doctor that an official will be assassinated soon in London. Next, their son is kidnapped and his life is threatened if they tell the police about the plot. In a nice touch, the doctor insists on prescribing his wife two sedatives before informing her their son has been taken. Witness Day, better known for lighter fare, in that dramatic scene. Her reactions there, as well as in the almostpainfully suspenseful climax in a music hall, are spot on. Most people don’t get caught up in an international incident when going abroad, but that’s what you get when you sign up for the Alfred Hitchcock travel package. “Enchanted April” (1992) — Two Englishwomen, Lotty (Josie Lawrence) and Rose (Miranda Richardson), worn thin by marriages that match the dreary weather, rent an Italian castle to escape their lives for a month. They are joined by Mrs. Fisher (Joan Plowright), an older woman stuck in the past, and Lady Caroline (Polly Walker), a woman weary of the effect her beauty has on men. They each find what they need, including true friendship, during their glorious getaway. If all vacations were as relaxing and life-changing as this one, no one would ever return to work.

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Looking Good


Story By Elizabeth Hamilton Photos by Rob Witzel

he depa rtur e date for your long-anticipated summer vacation approaches. And while you daydream about sipping white wine as the sun goes down on the ER beach, the suitcase entices THE SUMM you to start packing. And that’s the challenge — choosing what to bring along can be 2013 a chore if you want to travel light and comfortably – and look good doing it.


Luckily for you, fashion knows best this summer, with stretchy, breathable fabrics perfect for travel. Designers’ options range from carefree maxi dresses to jeans with thin waistbands that won’t bunch up during a long flight. Pack minimally by choosing versatile items that can be worn comfortably at the airport and confidently upon arrival. The next few pages feature some fashion-forward garments that will keep you comfy and your luggage light. If you take our advice, it might even buy you a few extra moments to bask in those fantasies of watching the sunset and sipping chardonnay. ➤➤

Away wego!

These comfy, light and fashionable outfits will see you traveling in style

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Nureka Findlater is a nurse in the cardiac surgery intensive care unit at Shands at the University of Florida. This black-and-white striped Calvin Klein maxi dress made of polyester and spandex ($130) perfectly fits her relaxed, chic style. She also manages to stay wrinkle-free throughout her flight. You can pair this outfit with a black ballerina shoe for comfort and simplicity, or you can dress it up with mint accessories and a tailored denim jacket, as Nureka did. Clothing and Gianni Bini shoes ($70) are from Dillard’s. Anne Klein olive suitcase ($280) is from Belk. Denim jacket is the model’s own.

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{LOOKING GOOD: THE SUMMER HOT LIST} Mary Schmidt’s breathable, emerald sheath dress by Gianni Bini ($109) keeps her fashionably comfortable throughout her trip. All she needs to complete this look is a genuine leather tote by Michael Kors ($348) and a large upright spinner suitcase from Anne Klein’s jungle collection ($320), available at Belk. The “spinners” feature four wheels that make transporting luggage a breeze, and the brown zebra print is sure to make a statement. Mary is a stay-at-home mother devoted to her four children — ages 2, 4, 7 and 8. Handbag and clothing are from Dillard’s.

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Mary is quite the traveler ... Here she sports a cool sleeveless blouse by SKIES ARE BLUE ($59) and a pair of Jessica Simpson “jeggings” ($59) that blend spandex and cotton, creating a comfortable denim pant with a flexible waistband. In case of a chilly flight, she wears a sheer, navy sweater by Daniel Cremieux ($79). All items are from Dillard’s.

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This vibrant aqua and white blouse by Velvet ($139), paired with white linen pants and a sleek high pony, keep Erin Murphy looking fresh upon arrival. Erin is a dance instructor and choreographer at Cameron Dancenter, where she has been involved with the production of “The Wiz,” and a store manager at White House/Black Market. Clothing is from Down to Earth boutique. Jewelry and shoes are the model’s own.

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Nurekaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plane arrives just as the sun is setting. These loose-fitting rayon Elan flair pants ($58) allow her to remain comfortable throughout the flight. But paired with a Rory Beca patterned dolman top ($162) and thick cork heels by Not Rated ($54), she heads downtown straight from the airport. Clothing from Down to Earth.

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The soft fabric of the Roman maxi dress by Love Tanjane ($185) makes this gown, available at Down to Earth boutique, as comfortable as it is classy ­— and the perfect travel attire for Erin. Whether her summer plans include a romantic getaway to Europe or a beach vacation in California, this luxurious rayonspandex gown will keep her wrinkle-free, comfortable and sexy throughout the flight and upon arrival. All she needs to complete this look is a comfy wedge shoe and a carefree, wavy hairstyle. Jewelry and shoes are the model’s own.

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Car Crazy

Rev up, top down:

Nicole Yucht stands next to her convertible BMW.

Here come the cars of summer

Matt Stamey


By Steve Miller

ummer. It’s time for drivers to roll up the windows in favor of air conditioning and stick the sun shade across the front window after parking, hopefully easing the Hades-like heat that infiltrates any closed space.

“In the summer, I have the top down pretty much all the time,” Nicole Yucht says. “I even cut my hair short so I don’t have to worry about the wind.”

This may be one of the reasons convertibles make up just 1.1 percent of U.S. car sales. In Florida, convertibles are 2.1 Heat and cars twin so nicely in northern climes, where percent of sales, although in Gainesville — is it the rain? Beach Boys songs fete the season and tourism coun— that rate is .92, lower than the rest of the U.S. cils tout leisurely drives in places that are frozen I favor the solid feel of a hardtop convertible as MER M tundras most of the year. U opposed to the looser canvas drop top, someS THE Record labels used to time certain songs for thing that doesn’t feel like a pitched tent over summer release, aware that cruisers would be my head. rolling windows down, blaring the radio, a fourVolvo claims its C70 “is the only hard-top wheel advertisement for whatever was topping convertible that looks good when it rains,” and 2013 that’s no lie. I went to Hawaii a few years back for the charts. But even in the excessive Florida temps of June a Volvo-sponsored test drive, and it looked good all the through November, there are vehicles that make livin’ as time. There was, of course, rain similar to what we have easy as a “Happy Days” promo. (And that was set in chilly here, and the hardtop extended and retracted in a rapid 15 Milwaukee.) seconds. Which is good when a summer drizzle turns into It’s all about the convertible, an American institution. a flooding downpour. While the softer, canvas drop top is a cool notion, like A hardtop with a quicker up/down — 12 seconds — is too many ideas, it has holes. Literally. Really, think of all the Lexus IS 350C, a smaller car with a heavy-duty stereo the leaky “good” ideas. for blasting your favorite summer tunes.


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Larry Reimer and his wife Sandy in his 1929 Model A Ford Roadster.

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Gainesville resident Nicole Yucht has never owned a car that wasn’t a convertible. Really. The devotion of Yucht, a marketing manager for Health Management Associates, moved most recently into a BMW 335 hardtop convertible. “In the summer, I have the top down pretty much all the time,” Yucht says. “I even cut my hair short so I don’t have to worry about the wind.” For those who want some Detroit muscle — but also a luxury brand — under their open top, Chevy has brought back the convertible version of its Corvette, beloved by so many an aging Boomer. The seventh-generation version of the car that was sold exclusively as a convertible in its first 10 years of existence hits later this year. The top of the new Corvette is fully automatic and no longer requires one to manually unlatch the top from the windshield. Yes, the luxury models traditionally rule the convertible roost, with the blend of high comfort and smooth driving. But top-down driving is not just for the higher end. More affordable open sky can be bought with the Mazda MX-5 Miata, a reliable favorite since the late ’80s. The two-seater is a blast to drive and looks great. And no, red is not the only color it comes in, although it may seem

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that way. At Gainesville Regional Airport recently, I watched a woman express vehement disappointment about not getting the Mustang she reserved. When the clerk told her they could get one, but she would have to wait while it was delivered from another location and, oh yeah, it’s a convertible, the customer reacted as if she had won the lottery. Like the ’vette, the Mustang’s status as an icon of Motor City muscle is still intact. With the ragtop down, it still hums summer. As does a 1929 Model A Ford Roadster. Gainesville residents have seen it before with the top down, Larry Reimer, minister emeritus of the United Church of Gainesville, behind the wheel. “There are times in the summer that people in Florida keep the top up, but otherwise, I take it out about once a week,” says Reimer, 68, who has had the classic car since he was 14. It’s a not-so-subtle reminder of summer nights, tropical breezy drives that you can feel and the cars that make such things happen.

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A touch of the East,

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Florida hardwoods co-mingle with tropical palms, staghorns and bromeliads. The deck wraps around the home from the sunroom to the pool, and features new LED lighting. G A I N E S V I L L E â&#x20AC;&#x2C6; M A G A Z I N E | J U N E - J U LY 2 0 1 3


{HOME & GARDEN} story By Patricia Klier Photos by Rob C. Witzel


Barb and Ron Abel, and their Shar Pei, Marino.

arb Abel doesn’t always know who is going to show up to have breakfast with her in the mornings.

“We see all kinds of birds [here] ... we have a resident red shoulder hawk, and he hangs out all the time. He’ll just sit out on our deck,” Barb says with a laugh, not at all intimidated by the fact that wildlife, such as bats, owls and even bobcats, roam her property freely. “The bobcat just stuck around for three days.” Did we mention the gator? “We have a resident alligator, he’s about 8 feet long,” says Ron Abel, of the coldblooded reptile nicknamed Elvis that lives in the pond mere feet away their deck. Both happily retired from their former careers, she as an airline flight attendant for now-defunct Pan Am and he from dentistry, Barb and Ron Abel moved from Miami to Gainesville in 2000. At first they planned to downsize, even buying a lot so they could build their own custom home. Things slowly fell apart with their plans, so they instead looked for a home they could fall in love with. “As soon as I walked in, I said this place has great bones. We’ve got to bring it up. We’ve got to give it the sparkle it needs,” says Barb when she first visited the 4,000 square-foot Hammock home, which at the time was in need of an update. They also fell in love with life in the Hammock — feeling much more at ease with the quiet and large wooded lots and animal encounters than living in the fast lane of South Florida. “It’s an amazing place; not just the house but the whole environment,” explains Ron, who retired from his periodontistry practice in 1999. “We are animal people obviously, so it’s a treat every day.”

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The tall, narrow Rumsford fireplace accentuates the height of the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cathedral ceilings, along with the floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the deck and koi pond. G A I N E S V I L L E â&#x20AC;&#x2C6; M A G A Z I N E | J U N E - J U LY 2 0 1 3



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Custom doors grace the entrance to the Abel home. In the living room, a built-in highlights curios from Africa, Alaska, Denmark, Arizona, Hong Kong and even Apalachicola, Florida. G A I N E S V I L L E â&#x20AC;&#x2C6; M A G A Z I N E | J U N E - J U LY 2 0 1 3



The 20-by-40-foot pool is newly resurfaced with Pebble Tec, awaiting a visit from the grandkids.

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The sunroom originally had doors leading to the kitchen and dining room. The Abels removed the doors to give the space a better flow.

Naturally both of them are crazy about animals; Barb is president of Florida Shar Pei Rescue and Ron is an amateur wildlife photographer who loves to document their safaris and travel experiences with his Canon SLR. Together, they share the home with their Shar Pei named Marino, and two cats, Salem and Roxanne. The 3-bedroom, 3.5-bath home boasts several unusual features, including a climate-controlled 150-square-foot wine cellar, a towering and newly installed gas-burning Rumsford fireplace, a newly resurfaced Pebble tec swimming pool and stunning floor-to-ceiling views of the deck area, pond and landscaping from the majority of the house. The landscaping is a lush mix: Florida hardwoods that are native to the area co-mingle with tropical plants like staghorns and bromeliads — a nod to their Miami roots. Aside from the trees, which were already on the property, Ron and Barb were happy to add their own touches. “We wanted it to look as tropical as it could but we learned from our mistakes that a lot of stuff will not make it,” says Ron. “We are not

master gardeners, but we are dedicated. It’s a great hobby.” Barb agrees. “It’s an incredible sense of joy and peace to me, to work out in the garden … plus the feeling of renewal when you see the flowers in bloom and the trees have leaves

The etched glass dining table and leather seating add a contemporary flair to the home, which was built in the early 1980s.

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{HOME & GARDEN} The kitchen retains its original cabinet fronts and Sub-Zero fridge but has been updated with builtins, new stainless steel appliances and a granite countertop.

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The powder room, designed by Beth Davis, continues the Asian influence with its shoji screen cabinets and Asian-inspired decor.

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The master bedroom features a wall-to-wall built-in for storage, a sitting area that overlooks the deck and pond below, and Ron’s office.

again.” Perhaps the most notable feature of the home is its history: It remains one of the few custom homes built by Akira Wood, an architectural woodwork company based in Gainesville. Today, Akira Wood works with mostly commercial projects such as the Starwood Hotels’ Resort at Singer Island and the Ritz Carlton. The home itself was originally built for Dr. Thom Tyler and his wife, Linda. “We had been doing some kind of Japanese-influenced stuff like shoji [screens] and very linear elements like the front door … It was a design/build project for us,” explains Hoch Shitama, president of Akira Wood, who also worked with Chip Sawyer on the original building. “For us it was an opportunity to take that thing from the ground up, and I think it shows that it is an artisan product.” Although the home was originally built in the early 1980s, its linear design and Far Eastern influence have stood the test of time. “I really like an Asian look, a contemporary look. I think Ron is the same way. For me it has to have a clean, almost architectural look to it,” adds Barb. The Asian influence extends to their use of carp, or koi, showing up in artwork and furnishings. Their motif is etched in custom glass panels built for the staircase, as well as the sitting room table, which was actually a window

shutter that was converted into a table. And of course, there’s the actual koi pond outside. “I did a lot of research and the pond is 4 feet deep so birds can’t stand in it, and the walls are vertical so there’s no place for them to perch. We haven’t lost any koi to birds,” explains Ron proudly. “I love the fish, it’s kind of a Japanese house, and we figured that works.” When they bought the home in 2004, there was no koi pond; in fact, the deck was rotted, the carpeting needed to be replaced, and most of the appliances were outdated. In terms of home renovations, however, that was just the tip of the iceberg. “I knew I could never just walk in and just leave it.” Barb says. “Our goal was to keep this house as close to what it was, because that’s what attracted us to it, but it also needed a facelift.” They believed the home required a strong set of hands — or perhaps two — to bring back its luster. To that end they hired Beth Davis, licensed interior designer and owner of Warrington’s Fine Interiors, and master carpenter Travis Dampier. “The Abels were dream clients because they were involved in every aspect of the design process. They saw from the beginning that the house had great bones and tremendous potential. They came to the project with

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Historic “Serenola” – Own a piece of history! This 1935 home was moved in 2006 to this lovely gated, 9 acres near the Prairie. Totally renovated from the studs with new foundation, electrical, A/C, plumbing, walls and roof. Original heart pine floors, siding, moldings, 2 FP’s and trim work were reincorporated in the restoration. This new “historic” house features a fabulous all Viking kitchen, formal living & dining rooms, large family room that will accommodate a game table & a 50,000-gallon salt pool & spa w/ brick deck salvaged from another historic location. BR: 4 BA: 4 SF: 3,389

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Landmark Gainesville Estate – the scene of many signature community events, this stunning all brick home easily accommodates over 300 guests. A one of a kind masterpiece on 3.2 rolling acres graced with granddaddy oaks and manicured landscaping – main house has 9360 sq. ft., 7 fireplaces, banquet size rooms, gleaming hardwood floors, English paneled library and incredible mill work. Step off the romantic brick veranda and stroll to the salt water pool and 925 sq. ft. guest house with bed/ba & FP. Sports/tennis court completes the picture of this magnificent retreat. BR: 5 BA: 5.5 SF: 10,285 $1,650,000

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Horse Farm Ready for the Equine Family! – This home features 3 Paddocks, 4 birthing stalls, Barn, Large Tact & workshop on 6.5 acres with four rail no-climb horse fencing and 20+ Granddaddy Live Oak trees! The main home has a lifetime metal roof, 3-sided wrap-around porch designed for entertaining & many upgrades including a master bath suite with Japanese soaking tub! A 2BR/2B family cottage with spectacular finishes & screen porch with decking is also included in the square footage. BR: 5 BA: 4.5 SF: 3906 $825,000

Chelsea Teiss & Laraine Teiss (352) 665-0800 | (352) 665-0734

Trend Realty This beautiful, 3 bedroom house sits on 5 gorgeous acres in a gated community close to Gainesville.This lovely home has a large study that could be used as a 4th bedroom. It has all the upgrades - hard wood flooring, high ceilings, granite counters, a huge screened back porch with a summer kitchen, a whole-home generator, huge butler’s pantry & more! The Greatroom features an incredible wood & granite wetbar. The Master Suite has a tray ceiling, spacious walk-in closet, jetted tub & a double vanity with custom cabinets. You have to see this home to believe it! BR: 3 BA: 3 SF: 3327 $625,000

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Pristine Park-Like Setting – Charm radiates from every angle of this 5-Acre Estate, which even has your own entry gate! This gorgeous home features peaceful views, a wraparound Southern porch, 20 x 20 metal roof pavilion for your garden parties, brick patios and planters around the sparkling pool and spa! Don’t miss the fully equipped kitchen, perfect for the gourmet cook! Only a mile from the Jonesville Publix.

BR: 4 BA: 3 SF: 3391 $625,000

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ABOVE: Cabinetry and tilework adorn the master bathroom, including a vanity just for Barb. AT RIGHT: The climate-controlled wine cellar is the perfect place for their collection of vintages or savoring travel memories from photos taken by Ron.

wonderful original artwork and some exceptional pieces of furniture,” says Beth Davis. With the help of Davis and Dampier, the Abels succeeded in restoring the home’s original grace and beauty while adding their own flair. “Everything is basically new,” explains Ron Abel. “We replaced 19 windows … a lot of the light fixtures, and we totally repainted the place, which was not easy. We replaced pretty much every toilet, every sink, and every fixture.” While things were being updated and replaced throughout, the couple also managed to restore and reuse. This included projects like restoring the rare Rumsford fireplace in the living room (now a gas-burning fireplace with remote control), refinishing the home’s original oak wood flooring, which had been worn down from years of use, and keeping the original fronts of the oak cabinetry in the kitchen (which had been installed by Akira Wood). “We got rid of all the appliances, except for the Sub-Zero, which typical of the brand, was still doing great and is going strong,” says Barb. “The countertops looked worn, so we replaced those, too.”

Additional projects also stayed true to the home’s overall Asian aesthetic. “The powder room floor features copper pebbles, handmade wall coverings, custom walnut cabinets and sliding shoji screen doors with rice paper inserts,” says Beth Davis. “The master bath was redesigned with pebble floors and handmade tiles, [and] new cabinetry with a custom finish that echoes the Asian and craftsmen roots of the house.” Although the two-story home is spacious and expansive, with cathedral ceilings in the living room and entry, the Abels give it a cozy feel by decorating with photos and souvenirs from their

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{HOME & GARDEN} The 4-foot-deep koi pond is a new feature added by the Abels, which complements their Asianinfluenced home, and provides a zen-like environment in their yard.

travels — especially those from their favorite place to visit: Africa. To that end, Ron’s photos from their African safaris, as well as African woven baskets, wood-carved baskets, hippo tusk carvings, and even a fossilized ostrich egg, are scattered artistically throughout the home. “Nothing really matches, it’s just about where we’ve been and what seemed important to us at the time,” Barb says of their eclectic mix. Custom built-in shelving in their living room is dedicated to their travels around the world: a woven basket from South Africa, a whale bone from Alaska, carvings from New Mexico and Hong Kong, a piece of Daum crystal from Europe, a papier mache dog from Arizona, stones picked from the desert in Namibia, Baccarat from Denmark, and a set of whimsical clay dogs from not-so-faraway Apalachicola. “We kind of call it our world wall, our travel wall; we look at it and imagine what we were doing then and remember how fun it was,” adds Barb. When they aren’t jet-setting across the globe or visiting their second home in Montana, they look forward to spending time with family — particularly Ron’s Miamibased daughter, Wendy, son-in-law Martin Harrison, and their twin 4-year-old grandchildren, a girl named Ayaela and a boy named Andrew (he was named for his uncle Andrew, Wendy’s brother, who passed away in a car accident while attending UF as a freshman. There is a scholarship in Andrew’s name at the University of Florida

College of Dentistry, awarded to an outstanding student each year.) The Abels, who recently celebrated their 30-year wedding anniversary, are more excited than ever to have family visit now that the deck is in working order, the outdoor LED lighting is nearly installed, and the pool is newly refinished. “They’re great kids and so cute. Their mom is an expert swimmer and she’s teaching them. I am looking forward to them swimming [here]!” adds Barb. “I can’t wait to take them to the parks, the museums.” Though they are farther away than they’d like to be from their family, they are very happy about their decision to be in Gainesville. Barb is a lifelong Gator fan and alumna; Ron attended the University of Miami on a full scholarship, followed by dental school at the University of Maryland, and Boston University for periodontal training. “We love it here. Miami is a tough place to live; like any big city it has crime, traffic, and it wasn’t the Miami I grew up in. We were looking for a slower-paced lifestyle. We wanted off the coast because of the hurricanes,” explains Ron, who even had a generator installed in case any other forces of nature decide to visit. “It has a small-town feel, it’s easy to get around, and there’s access to good healthcare,” adds Barb of their decision to move. “If you have a passion for UF, it never leaves you. It’s always stayed with me.”

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The comforts of summer


Turn your backyard into a resort with these pool and patio accessories





he dog days of summer create the perfect excuse for you and your loved ones to hang around the pool to escape the heat. This year, get into the summer spirit with products to help you kick back and relax outdoors.


4 Pinch A Penny Pool, Patio Spa

1. Relaxing in the Adirondacks


2. Light your fire


Florida summer nights are perfect for lying back and relaxing outside under the stars. Handcrafted from Tennessee steel, Sisset’s fire pits by Fire Pit Art add a little warmth and lighting to your outdoor gatherings while creating a safe and reliable method for building an inviting fire. “Each piece is individually crafted from one-quarter inch solid carbon steel allowing for its incredible durability,” says Glikes. All fire pits are easily converted to LP or natural gas.



Eco-friendly, recycled plastic Adirondack chairs’ classic design and exceptional durability ensures that it will remain a vital addition to your home for years to come. Made by CR Plastic Products and fashioned out of durable recycled plastic, it is guaranteed not to oxidize, fade, crack or deteriorate, and its stainless steel hardware will not rust. “We just had an orange and blue set go out yesterday in preparation for the upcoming Gator football season. People just love them for lakeside and beaches, too,” says Melissa Glikes, owner of Sisset’s. There are matching benches, tables and rockers available in a wide variety of colors. The chairs may be used in or out of the water without fear of warping or sagging. Cost: Adirondack chair $349; footstool $109

With its beautiful brushed exterior, these fire pits are sure to make an alluring addition to your outdoor decor. Cost: $799

3. Color meets comfort Revive your poolside decor and extend the life of your outdoor furniture with Sisset’s stylish pillows by Magnolia Casual. Crafted out of durable, all-weather fabric that resists chlorine and stains, these decorative pillows are weatherresistant and woven of soft, water-repellent polyester. The 2013 summer line offers a variety of colors and patterns. Cost: $40-$75


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6. Why it’s wicker! The unique open-weave design of Sisset’s chairs and couches by Skyline Design will add an original touch to your outdoor decor. Sold individually or as a set, these designs are guaranteed to last. Offered in a dark and light shade, they come with a wide selection of colored cushions covered in weather-resistant Sunbrella fabric. Cost: $1,239 chair, $369 ottoman

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4. CandleS on THE water These colorful, floral floating candles, available at Pinch A Penny Pool, Patio and Spa, will light up your pool and set a romantic ambiance for any occasion. Using tea light candles inside, these candle holders by Pool Systems come in red, pink, blue, orange, green and white. Average Cost: $7.49

5. Who’s that in the pool? This decorative piece by Pool Master is sure to surprise visitors. At almost two feet long, Pinch A Penny Pool, Patio and Spa’s realistic crocodile head — with baby — will make an exciting addition to the pool as it floats along the surface or creates an eye-catching, unexpected addition to the garden or yard. Cost: $24.99

Modeled after an ancient clay cooking device called a “kamado,” the Big Green Egg is a versatile cooking machine. Its ceramic cooking chamber retains heat to keep food moist, and its dual-function metal top controls airflow through the cooking chamber. These big boys, available at Pinch A Penny Pool, Patio and Spa, can provide much of what a master griller needs: a grill, a smoker, and/or an oven. Cost: $629-$1,099

8. What are you having? Sisset’s modern, outdoor all-weather bar set by Skyline Design is crafted out of welded aluminum that has been covered in polypropylene wicker and powder-coated so it will not chip or peel over time. Including water repellent cushions and a tempered glass top, this stylish set helps create the perfect atmosphere for entertaining guests. Cost: $1,759


9. Floating the summer away Constructed of a closed-cell foam material, Pinch A Penny Pool, Patio and Spa’s pool floats by Texas Recreation are durable and soft, supporting an average-sized adult. The built-in full-roll pillow creates a comfortable recline. Cost: $104.99



10. Beauty takes flight The eye-catching design and rich colors of Sisset’s butterfly design chairs create an enchanting atmosphere for the garden or patio. This sculptured furniture piece is made of 3/16-inch plate steel to withstand rust and remain weather-resistant year-round. Cost: $2,500

Where to find it Sisset’s, 3429 W. University Ave., (352) 224-5192 9 8


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fish Around the Table




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The partners of a popular Gainesville fish market and the chef at a favorite seafood restaurant show you easy ways to serve up the catch Grilled Salmon with Lemon-Dill-Feta Topping over Sautéed Spinach, from Northwest Grille. Recipe on page 103.

AT LEFT: Northwest Seafood owners Scott Richardson, right, and Lee Deaderick, in their restaurant/ fish market in Town of Tioga. BELOW: Grilled Shrimp Kabobs from Northwest Seafood. See recipe on page 102.


Story By Kate Barnes Photos by erica brough

n the way home to Gainesville after a day at Crescent Beach or Cedar Key, it’s still comfortingly common to see weather-worn fishmongers selling the day’s catch from ancient pick-up trucks. There has always been a multitude of seafood restaurants in the area, including some that generations have loved. Since 1996, there has been the mainstay, Northwest Grille. And for decades, there has been Northwest Seafood, a market that specializes in fresh local offerings to prepare at home, opened by the Reed family in 1981. With summer temperatures rising and a bounty of fresh seafood at hand, it’s time to fire up our grills and sauté pans and savor the sumptuous flavors of the catch of the day. To market, to market Northwest Seafood owners Scott Richardson and Lee Deaderick pride themselves on being “a big-city fish market in a small town,” with a commercial dock G A I N E S V I L L E   M A G A Z I N E | J U N E - J U LY 2 0 1 3



Chef Chris Fennell with several seafood dishes from his restaurant, Northwest Grille.

in Yankeetown, a grouper boat in Tarpon Springs, and trucks bringing in fresh seafood from both coasts. Richardson recalls the partners’ early days working for the Reeds while he and Deaderick were acquiring degrees in food and animal sciences at the University of Florida. “With our educational backgrounds and learning every part of the fish business from the Reeds, we decided to make our careers here,” he says. Deaderick and Richardson bought Northwest Seafood in Millhopper Shopping Center in 1991. They opened a second location at Town Center of Tioga, where fresh fish can be purchased and cooked to order by a chef — a first for Gainesville. Keeping Northwest Seafood current with Gainesville’s emerging food scene continues to inspire the partners. “It’s the variability of every day ... the people I see ... that’s what I enjoy,” Richardson says. Serving It Up As a student at UF in the late 1980s, Chris Fennell worked in restaurants to get by, and discovered that he liked it enough to cook professionally. “My mom and dad were both great cooks, so I guess I 100 G A I N E S V I L L E   M A G A Z I N E

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Where to Find Them • Northwest Seafood (Millhopper Marketplace), 4114 NW 16th Blvd., 371-4155 • Northwest Seafood (Town of Tioga), 13005 SW First Road, Suite 135, 333-3298 • Northwest Grille, 5115 NW 39th Ave., 376-0500

came by it naturally,” recalls the chef. When he graduated from the Fort Lauderdale Art Institute Culinary School in 1994, Fennell came directly back to Gainesville, first assisting in a restaurant start-up, and then partnering to open Northwest Grille in 1996. A year ago, Fennell became sole proprietor of the restaurant, located on NW 39th Avenue and 51st Street. “It’s a tough business to be in during hard economic times,” he says. “but I’m highly motivated to serve my faithful diners the best food I know how. Their loyalty and positive comments keep me going. And it’s a great way to feed my kids, too.” Whether your seafood is grilled, blackened, sautéed or scampied, these recipes are sure to please.

Bay Scallops with Blackened Tom ato on Yellow Rice Courtesy of Northwest Seafood Serves 4

2 pounds bay scallops, well washed 1 teaspoon prepared blackening seasoning 1 15-ounce package yellow rice 2 medium tomatoes, cut in half 1 tablespoon lemon juice 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided 2 cloves garlic, minced 3 tablespoons butter 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil leaves 2 tablespoons chopped Italian parsley (optional) 2 tablespoons white wine 4 tablespoons coarsely grated pecorino romano cheese

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{CULINARY GAINESVILLE } Blackened Swordfish with Sweet Corn Relish from Northwest Grille.

Grilled Grouper with Ar u g u l a M a n d a r i n Or a n g e S a l a d Courtesy of Northwest Seafood Serves 4

2 pounds of skinless, boneless grouper filets, cut into 4 8-ounce pieces 1/2 cup olive oil 1/2 cup lemon juice Prepared Greek seasoning, such as Cavender’s 4 tablespoons coarsely grated pecorino romano cheese For the salad: 8 ounces fresh arugula, washed 8 ounces fresh spinach, washed 15-ounce can mandarin oranges, drained and juice reserved 1 large sweet onion, finely sliced 12 ounces cherry tomatoes 4 ounces olive oil 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

Blackened Swordfish with Sweet Corn Relish Courtesy of Northwest Grille Serves 4-6

4-6 8-ounce portions of swordfish (grouper, snapper or tilapia may be substituted) 1-2 tablespoons olive oil Prepared seasoning for blackening For the sweet corn relish: 4 ears sweet corn 1 sweet red pepper 1 medium red onion 1 medium jalapeno 1 teaspoon olive oil 1 teaspoon chopped cilantro 1 teaspoon chopped garlic 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon lime juice Sea salt and freshly ground pepper 1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Leaving the corn in the husk, place the ears on a baking 102 G A I N E S V I L L E   M A G A Z I N E

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sheet and roast in the oven until the kernels are just tender — about 20-30 minutes. 2. Cool the corn, strip off the husks and the “silks,” and cut the kernels from the cob. Place in a medium bowl and set aside. 3. Finely dice the red pepper, red onion and jalapeno and add to the corn. In a small bowl, mix the cilantro, garlic and cumin with the olive oil. Stir in the lime juice and season the mixture with salt and pepper to taste. Mix the dressing and vegetables together and set aside to marinate while the fish cooks. 4. Either outside on a grill with a side burner or in a well-ventilated kitchen, heat a large cast-iron skillet until it is quite hot, but not smoking. Coat the swordfish steaks with olive oil and dust with blackening seasoning to taste. Arrange the steaks in the hot skillet and cook 4-5 minutes on each side or until just cooked through and still moist. Serve topped with Sweet Corn Relish.

1. In a large salad bowl, combine the arugula and spinach, sweet onion, cherry tomatoes and mandarin orange segments. 2. In a small bowl, combine the mandarin juice, olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and whisk slowly until thick. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside until time to serve. 3. Preheat a gas or charcoal grill to mediumhigh heat. In a small bowl, mix the lemon juice and olive oil. Lightly dust the grouper on each side with the Greek seasoning mixture and place on the grill. Baste the fish with the lemon and oil mixture, cover and grill for 5 minutes on each side, continuing to baste as the fish cooks. Grouper is done when it is cooked all the way through but still moist. 4. Dress the salad with the mandarin juice, olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and place a mound of it in the center of each plate. Arrange the fish pieces on top. Serve with a prepared mango-coconut sauce if desired.

Grilled Shrimp K a b o bs Courtesy of Northwest Seafood Serves 4

20 ounces large fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined 8 ounces cherry tomatoes 2 medium red onions, peeled and cut in large chunks 2 sweet red peppers, seeded and cut in chunks 1 pound fresh pineapple, cut in chunks 15 ounces baby greens, washed For the marinade: 3/4 cup prepared teriyaki marinade 1/4 cup pineapple juice 1/4 cup sake (rice wine)

1. Arrange the shrimp, tomatoes, onions and pineapple in a baking dish. Mix together the marinade ingredients and pour over the shrimp, vegetables and fruit. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. Meanwhile, soak bamboo skewers in water to prevent scorching. 2. Preheat a gas or charcoal grill to medium-high heat. Drain and reserve the marinade, heating it to boiling in a small pan, then set aside. 3. Thread the shrimp and vegetables alternately onto the skewers. Grill the kabobs for 4-7 minutes, basting with the marinade until the shrimp begins to crust and is just cooked through. Moisten the kabobs again with reserved marinade and serve over a bed of baby greens.

olive oil, cover the pot and remove from the burner. 3. Heat a large sauté pan to medium high and swirl in a tablespoon of olive oil. When the oil is hot, stir in the garlic and then the shrimp and scallops, and sauté for 4-7 minutes until just cooked through. Pour in the white wine and stir to deglaze the pan. Simmer briefly until the liquid thickens. Season to taste with salt and pepper. 4. Put the pasta in a large serving bowl and pour the seafood over the top. Garnish with parmesan shavings.

Grilled Salmon with Lemon-Dill-Feta Topping Over SautÉed Spinach Courtesy of Northwest Grille Serves 4 to 6

Shrimp and Bay Scallop Scampi with Basil Oil Courtesy of Northwest Grille Serves 4 to 6

30 large white shrimp, peeled, butterflied and deveined 30 bay scallops 1 ounce olive oil 1 tablespoon chopped garlic 1 tablespoon chopped parsley 4 ounces white wine 1 pound linguine pasta 3 ounces parmesan cheese, shaved For the basil oil: 1 cup fresh basil leaves 4 ounces extra virgin olive oil 1 teaspoon chopped garlic 1 teaspoon lemon juice Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 1. Put the basil, olive oil, garlic and lemon juice in a blender and pulse until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Pour into a small container and set aside. 2. In a large pot of rapidly boiling water, cook the pasta until al dente or slightly firm to the bite. Drain the pasta and return to the cooking pot. Stir in a tablespoon of

4-6 8-ounce fillets of salmon Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper For the Topping: 1 cup crumbled feta cheese Zest and juice of 2 lemons 1/2 cup of fresh chopped dill 1 teaspoon olive oil Freshly ground black pepper For the Spinach: 2 bags fresh spinach 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved 1/2 cup kalamata olives 1 ounce olive oil 1 teaspoon chopped garlic Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 1. In a medium bowl, gently combine all the topping ingredients, being careful not to overmix. Set aside. 2. Preheat a gas or charcoal grill. Season the salmon fillets with salt and pepper to taste. Grill the fillets for 6-7 minutes on each side until just cooked through and still moist. 3. While the fish grills, wash the spinach and pat dry. Preheat a large sauté pan to high and swirl in the olive oil. Stir in the chopped garlic and then the spinach, tomatoes and olives. Sauté the mixture very quickly, just until the spinach is wilted. Season with salt and pepper to taste and place 1/2-cup servings in the center of each plate. 4. When the fish is cooked through, but still moist and flaky, place a fillet on each serving of spinach and spoon on the topping.

Bacon-wrapped Scallops with B a rb e c u e S a u c e a n d Peach Poblano Salsa Courtesy of Northwest Grille Serves 6 to 8 as an entree or 20 as appetizers

32 medium sea scallops 16 pieces applewood bacon, cut in half 6-8 ounces prepared sweet and tangy barbecue sauce For the Peach Poblano Sauce: 2 large ripe peaches 1 medium red onion 1 poblano pepper 4 leaves fresh mint 1 teaspoon olive oil 1 teaspoon lime juice Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste 1. Peel the peaches, remove the pits and dice finely. Dice the red onion and the poblano pepper. Chop the mint and mix with the olive oil and lime juice. Season to taste with salt and pepper and set aside to marinate. 2. In a large cold skillet, arrange all the pieces of bacon and set on a burner heated to medium. Cook the bacon partially, until much of the fat is rendered, but the pieces are still quite soft. Remove and drain the bacon. 3. Preheat a gas or charcoal grill. Wrap each sea scallop with a half piece of soft bacon. Secure the bacon with toothpicks or bamboo skewers. Season the scallops on both sides with salt and pepper to taste. 4. Grill the scallops for 4-5 minutes on each side, or until just cooked through and the bacon is crisp. Glaze with barbeque sauce. Top each scallop with salsa. The scallops may be served over a rice pilaf if desired.

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Green bean goodness T

By Stefanie Samara Hamblen

he go-to vegetable of my childhood, the green bean, has graced plates from grade schools to banquet halls. Although a serving of green beans never takes center stage, it plays its part of the sidekick worthy of attention. Even the pickiest eaters usually don’t turn up their noses when green beans are served.

First grown in Central America and used throughout Mexico and South America, explorers eagerly carried these beans back to Europe, where they became a staple vegetable there, as well. Perfect for the home gardener, green bean plants are either bush or pole types. Bush beans will ramble across the garden, taking up all the space provided. Pole beans, on the other hand, will wind their way up a stake or trellis, reducing their garden footprint while producing the same number of beans. Whether the round green pods of traditional green beans, the flat pods of Roma and pole beans, the thin haricot verts (French filet beans), or the golden-colored yellow “wax” beans, all green beans are immature relatives of familiar shell beans and dried beans. Known in some areas as “string beans” because of the tough stringy

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Steamed, sautéed, stewed or baked in a casserole, you’ll savor these recipes for America’s favorite side dish

membranes running the length of the bean in older varieties, green beans also have been referred to as snap beans, both for their crunchy sound and the traditional way of preparing the fresh beans for cooking. Snipping and snapping beans are the perfect way for young children and grandmas to spend a sultry afternoon together in the shade. With a large washpan of beans in your lap, you can talk away the time while snipping off the two ends and then snapping the beans into the desired size. The green beans of my childhood were served in just a few ways. Cut green beans from cans were everyday fare, served heated right out of the can or mixed with other beans in a marinated salad. The long slivers of green known as French-cut green beans usually were dressed up with almonds for a company dinner. Fresh green beans were long-simmered with bacon or fatback in the stewpots of our family’s Southern kitchens until they were a salty, mushy mess of faded green. Eating habits and cooking methods have changed over the intervening years. Fresh-from-the-garden is preferred to frozen, or even worse, canned beans. A versatile vegetable, green beans can be served hot or cold, and can be boiled, steamed, stir-fried, roasted, and even pickled! Most often we eat them simply steamed, dressed up in a

Surprising Spice: Grate fresh nutmeg lightly over beans and toss to coat completely. Serve hot. Luscious Lemon: Mix cooked beans with the zest of 1 lemon and 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Serve hot. Perfect Pesto: Stir 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil and 2 tablespoons grated parmesan into hot beans. Serve immediately. Tantalizingly Tangy: Toss 1/4 cup pitted and chopped niçoise olives, 1 tablespoon of capers, and freshly ground black pepper with hot beans. Serve hot or at room temperature.

G r e e n B e a n C a ss e r o l e Serves 8-16

casserole or stewed Southern style. Steaming is the best way to retain all the vitamins and texture of fresh green beans. After steaming, any number of flavorings can be added, without added fat, to enhance the green beans’ appeal. Try adding any of the Five Flavorful Finishes below and avoid another night of boring veggies. While the ubiquitous green bean casserole with canned mushroom soup has become a classic part of holiday dinners since its introduction in the 1950s, it is loaded with sodium and additives. This recipe uses fresh mushrooms and a simple cream sauce to enhance the fresh flavors. The traditional topping of canned fried onions is replaced with local pecans toasted right on the casserole. Sometimes the flavors of childhood call continuously until you can answer in a new way. A tribute to my Southern roots is found in the recipe for Stewed Pole Beans. The flat pods of pole or roma beans can be a little tougher than the round pod varieties, so stewing for a short time creates a tender and tasty side dish. In place of the pork flavoring, a sautéed onion provides flavor with minimal fat. While you can stew them until mushy, they are ready to serve in just 30 minutes. Any leftover liquid can be used in soups or to cook grains. Steamed Green Beans Serves 4-8 as a side dish

4 cups green beans, snipped and snapped 1. Using a basket steamer or a colander over a large pot with a lid, steam beans until bright green, but still a bit crispy. 2. Serve immediately or add suggested flavorings for a different presentation. Five Flavorful Finishes

Classic Almond: Sauté 1/2 cup sliced or slivered almonds in 1 tablespoon unsalted butter until lightly browned. Toss with beans, salt to taste. Serve hot.

8 cups fresh green beans, snapped into bite-sized pieces, lightly steamed 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided 2 pounds fresh mushrooms, sliced 1 clove garlic, smashed and chopped 1/4 cup onion, finely chopped 6 tablespoons flour 3 cups milk 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper Salt to taste 1/2 cup chopped pecans 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly butter a large, flat casserole dish. 2. Sauté mushrooms in 2 tablespoons butter. Stir in garlic and onion after 5 minutes. 3. When mushrooms are cooked and onions are soft, add reserved butter to pan and stir in flour until completely combined. 4. Whisk in milk and continue to stir until sauce bubbles and thickens. Add pepper and taste for salt. 5. Mix in steamed green beans, pour into casserole and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. 6. Top with chopped pecans and bake an additional 15 minutes, until topping is crunchy. 7. Allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving. Refrigerate covered leftovers.

Stewed Pole Beans Serves 4-8

1 tablespoon olive oil 1 onion, chopped 4 cups pole beans, snipped and snapped Salt (optional) 1. In a heavy saucepan with a tight-fitting lid, sauté onion in oil over medium heat until translucent. 2. Add beans and stir to coat with oil. Pour in water to almost cover beans. Bring to a boil, lower heat, cover pot and simmer for at least 30 minutes. Add salt to taste, if desired. 3. Serve hot. Refrigerate covered leftovers.

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FRESH, TASTY & LOCAL ... for gardeners, cooks and those who simply enjoy dining events. Want to include an event? Please email Stefanie Samara Hamblen at

OUR LOCAL FARMERS MARKETS Alachua County Farmers Market / 441 Market: 5920 NW 13th St.,

Gainesville, Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. -1 p.m., Haile Farmers Market: Haile Plantation Village, SW 81st Terrace, Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.-noon, www. Newberry Farmers Market: 25425 W. Newberry Road, Newberry, Fridays and Saturdays, 11a.m. -6 p.m., indoor and outdoor market, Keystone Heights Farmers Market:

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Natural Park, State Road 21, 555 S. Lawrence Blvd., Keystone Heights, Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. keystoneheightsfarmersmarket. Tioga Monday Market: Tioga Town Center, 13005 W. Newberry Road, Newberry, Mondays, 4-7 p.m. Union Street Farmers Market:

Travis Mitchell gathers a basket of organically grown herbs and vegetables at the Downtown Farmers Garden. DOWNTOWN FARMERS GARDEN WORKDAY,

Light garden work with Travis Mitchell, Florida Organic Growers, every Tuesday, 9 a.m.,, Southwest Lawn, Alachua County Administration Building, 12 SE First St., Gainesville VEG4LIFE POTLUCK, Bring vegetarian/ vegan dish for six to 12 with utensils and place setting, Saturday, June 1, 6:30 p.m., $1 with potluck dish, $7 without, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4225 NW 34th St., Gainesville, “HOGTOWN HOMEGROWN’S” FIRST SUNDAY COOKING CLASS at BLUE OVEN KITCH-

Create recipes from June’s “Hogtown HomeGrown” with Stefanie Samara Hamblen, demo, hands-on small group class, Sunday, June 2, 2 to 4 p.m., $25 each, register, stefanie@blueovenkitchens. org, Blue Oven Kitchens, 1323 S. Main St., ENS,


Making Fresh Pasta – Ravioli, Stuffed Pastas and Hand Cut Pastas, Thursdays, June 6, 13, 6 to 8:30 p.m., $40, The Fat Tuscan Café, 725 NE First St., Gainesville, 505-5648, FARM TO FORK — 4-H SUMMER DAY CAMP,

Participants taste Alachua County agriculture and tour beef cattle operations, horse farms, nurseries and greenhouses, June 12 to 14, 9 3 p.m., ages 9 to 13, $35. Bring a bagged lunch. Snacks provided, Matt Benge, 4-H youth agent, contact Alachua

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plants, fruit trees, seeds, Wednesday, June 12, 4 to 7 p.m., Union Street Farmers Market, Bo Diddley Community Plaza, 111 E. University Ave., Gainesville, www. SWALLOWTAIL FARM’S FARM-TO-TABLE SEASONAL DINNER, Four

courses from Swallowtail and surrounding local farms, prepared by Sandra Carlisi from East End Eatery, served with wine and beer pairings, Saturday, June 15, 4 to 10 p.m., $75 each, contact Jane Nesbit, 318-4164, BLUE OVEN KITCHENS’ THIRD SUNDAY VEGAN COOKING CLASS, Liz Horne cooks

dinner, exploring ways to make food delicious without animal products, class eats meal, Sunday, June 16, 3 to 5 p.m., registration fee, lizhorne@, 377-8365, Blue Oven Kitchens, 1323 S. Main St., THE FAT TUSCAN CAFÉ COOKING CLASS,

Pizza, Pasta and Breads, working with Italian doughs, Mondays and Thursdays, June 17, 20, 24, 27, 6 to 8:30 p.m., $40 each or $140 for series, The Fat Tuscan Café, 725 NE First St., Gainesville, 505-5648, GAINESVILLE RAW FOOD POTLUCK, Monthly meeting to share fellowship, food, recipes and information about raw foods, Tuesday, June 18, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., $1 each and a dish to feed eight to 10 people, bring place setting, contact Jackie, 378-6617, New Seraphim

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Center, Annex, 1234 NW 14th Ave. HIGH SPRINGS SEED SAVERS, gardening group meets with a different topic each time, Tuesday, June 25, 7 p.m., contact Nancy Montgomery, (386) 462-1828,, High Springs Public Library, 135 NW First Ave. BLUE OVEN KITCHENS’ FOURTH WEDNESDAY HEALTHY KITCHEN DEMOS, Monthly

demonstration of kitchen and cooking basics featuring local and seasonal food, taught by Stefanie Samara Hamblen, Wednesday, June 26, 6 to 7 p.m., $10 each,, Blue Oven Kitchens, 1323 S. Main St., Gainesville, http://www. cooking-class-updates/ VEG4LIFE POTLUCK, Bring a vegetarian or vegan dish for six to 12 with serving utensils and place setting, Saturday, July 6, 6:30 p.m., $1 with potluck dish, $7 without, 4225 NW 34th St., , www. HOGTOWN HOMEGROWN’S FIRST SUNDAY COOKING CLASS at BLUE OVEN KITCHENS,

Create recipes from July’s "Hogtown HomeGrown" with Stefanie Samara Hamblen, local items, demo and hands-on small group class, Sunday, July 7, 2 to 4 p.m., $25 each, registration required,, Blue Oven Kitchens, 1323 S. Main St., Gainesville, http://www. cooking-class-updates/ THE EDIBLE PLANT PROJECT FUNDRAISER SALE, A selection of edible plants, fruit

trees and seeds, Wednesday, July 10, 4 to 7 p.m., www.edibleplantproject. org, Union Street Farmers Market, Bo Diddley Community Plaza, 111

Bo Diddley Community Plaza, 111 E. University Ave. Gainesville, Wednesdays, 4 -7 p.m., /www. High Springs Farmers Market:

Plantation Oaks, 201 NE First Ave., High Springs, Thursdays, noon to dusk, and first Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., farmersmarket.highsprings. com Thornebrook Farmers Market:

Thornebrook Village, 2441 NW 43rd St., Fridays, 3-6 p.m. Farmers Market at the Harvest Village: 22050 U.S. 441, Micanopy,

Fridays, 2 p.m.-dusk, dalakiko@ Citizens Co-op Craft & Cottage Food Market: Local vendors,

artisans, nonprofits, farmers, and bakers, courtyard behind Citizens Co-op, 435 S. Main St. Entrance to the market is off Southeast Fifth Avenue, last Friday of every month, 7 -9 p.m.,


ly meeting to share fellowship, food, recipes and information about raw foods. Tuesday, July 16, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.,$1 each and a dish to feed eight to 10 people, bring place setting, Contact Jackie, 378-6617, New Seraphim Center Annex, 1234 NW 14th Ave. BLUE



a complete dinner, ways to make food delicious without the use of animal products, class eats meal, 3 to 5 p.m., Sunday, July 21, registration and fee required,, 3778365, Blue Oven Kitchens, 1323 S. Main St., www.blueovenkitchens. org/2013/01/18/cooking-class-u BLUE OVEN KITCHENS’ FOURTH WEDNESDAY HEALTHY KITCHEN DEMOS, Monthly demonstration of kitchen and cooking basics by Stefanie Samara Hamblen, Wednesday, July 24, 6 to 7 p.m., $10, stefanie@blueovenkitchens. org, Blue Oven Kitchens, 1323 S. Main St., ALACHUA COUNTY FARMERS MARKET CHiliPEPPER FESTIVAL, Celebrate

the many varieties of chili peppers, live music, chili cook-off, and locally-grown chilies to sample, Saturday, July 27, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., free, ACFM/441 Market, NW 34th Street and N. U.S. 441, HIGH SPRINGS SEED SAVERS, Gardening group, Tuesday, July 30, 7 p.m., Nancy Montgomery, 386-462-1828, monty., High Springs Public Library, 135 NW First Ave.


The Red Onion

Neighborhood Grill

Something For everyone The Red Onion Neighborhood Grill, located in Townsend Uptown Village on NW 39th Avenue, caters to everyone looking for a place to enjoy fresh local food, handcrafted beverages and live music. Sound like a downtown hot spot? Yes and no. While the scene can get pretty lively on Friday and Saturday nights, The Red Onion is definitely a family place, where food and music lovers of all ages can enjoy the cozy atmosphere and friendly service. “I think that’s what sets us apart,” says Katrina Brown, who founded and runs the restaurant with her husband Bill. “It’s a local neighborhood place—almost like a pub atmosphere. The music was part of the original vision. When my husband and I started on this adventure, we looked for patio seating first, music next. There’s only a few places in town that have live music, and not all of them are casual and places you can bring the whole family. That’s why we do music from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., rather than late night, because then

moms and dads can enjoy the music with their kids.” The Browns, themselves parents of a tween and a teen boy, were working in other fields when this opportunity presented itself almost six years ago. “We both had a love of food and of restaurants. Since we live around the corner, and are working parents, we knew a restaurant with homemade, healthy food would be well-appreciated here. We were definitely targeting our age group and up, and we wanted something that stood out and was a little different.” Their personal musical preferences determine the music nights: jazz and blues on Saturdays, and acoustic on Fridays. “Everybody needs an excuse to get a little dressed up and get out sometimes,” says Katrina with a laugh. One of the most gratifying parts of this roller-coaster business, she continues, is the creativity: everything at The Red Onion is cooked in-house, from scratch. The restaurant features local produce, Harris Ranch all-natural beef and chicken

and homemade dressings, using as few preservatives as possible. Customer demand often determines what goes and stays on the menu, including the famous onion rings and homemade macaroni and cheese. Another favorite? The roast duck. And because customers had been asking, Red Onion features brunch specials on Sundays. Katrina also credits her staff for helping maintain The Red Onion’s family atmosphere. Chef Jesse Bryan and the 30 or so staffers are “like family,” and the Browns have enjoyed watching many of them grow up at the restaurant. She also gives kudos to her parents, coowners Barbara and Curtis Harding, who shoulder a “big part of our load.” And while this adventure hasn’t always been easy, Katrina says she and Bill are as excited today as they were when this neighborhood hot spot opened. “Seeing the restaurant evolve and change, the music evolve and change, plus seeing all the new products come in—we get really excited creating something new here.”

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Story By Diana Tonnessen Photos by Matt stamey

s they worked on an art exhibit commemorating the 500th anniversary of Ponce de Leon’s arrival in Florida, husband-and-wife team John and Mallory O’Connor have found their own fountain of youth of sorts: sharing their passion for art and art history with each other — and the public.

After Mallory stepped down as a professor and gallery curator at Santa Fe College in 2005, she and John, an artist and art professor emeritus at UF, pooled their talents into an art consulting business, O’Connor Art, LLC. Together, they offer such services as organizing and curating exhibits, art gallery administration, and helping artists market their works. John O’Connor also continues to work as a painter and printmaker. His art has been part of more than 200 108 G A I N E S V I L L E   M A G A Z I N E

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exhibitions in the United States and Europe – including their current joint venture, “The Quest for the Fountain of Youth in Florida History, Mythology, and Art,” on display now through June 22 at the Thomas Center Gallery. IF YOU GO Stories of the fabled fountain of “The Quest for the youth are what presumably lured Fountain of Youth Ponce de Leon to Florida’s shores in Florida History, Mythology, and in April 1513. The fountain myth Art,” is on display has since become an integral part of now through June Florida history, and an endless source 22 at the Thomas of inspiration, according to Mallory Center Gallery. O’Connor. “Everyone has this idea that there’s this magic fountain of water that’s going to make you young again,” Mallory says. “And they’ve been looking for it ever since. “The research has been fascinating,” she adds. Mallory spent the past 10 years studying Florida art and its history.

FROM LEFT: Artwork from the exhibit includes, from left, “500 Years to Reflect,” a painting by Mitch Kolbe, “Myth and Magic,” a mixed media quilt by Candace McCaffrey and “Floating Florida Fountain of Youth,” a mixed media sculpture by Lorelei Esser.

Her interest in how artists shaped the state’s image and history led to an essay and lecture series, “Perceptions of Paradise,” funded by the Florida Humanities Council. As the quincentennial of Ponce de Leon’s arrival in Florida approached, she presented her idea for the fountain of youth exhibit, and the council loved it. For the exhibit, she invited John O’Connor’s “The 60 artists from around the Fountain” depicts the state — including 36 from arrival of Ponce de Leon. Gainesville and surrounding communities — to share their ideas about the fountain of youth. Artists were free to interpret the theme in any way they pleased, which resulted in a rich array of contemporary works using a wide range of materials and media, and an equally broad spectrum of interpretive styles. Some artists, such as Larry Santucci of Gainesville, took a straightforward approach, exhibiting a color digital photo of the Thomas Center fountain, titled “The Fountain.” Others, such as Gainesville mixed-media artist Lorelei Esser, were more unconventional in their approach. Esser’s mixedmedia sculpture incorporated, among other things, golf clubs, a camera, a plastic Minnie Mouse doll and a Florida license plate. The three-part sculpture was suspended from the ceiling by sections of garden hose. The O’Connors dubbed Esser’s “Floating Florida Fountain of Youth” one of the more unusual in the show. There was more than one birdbath among the works — including one by Miami artist Xavier Cortada, who surrounded it with 12 plastic buckets in the gallery that the public was invited to fill with water. He planted a wildflower garden on the Thomas Center grounds, using the

gathered waters to nourish the garden’s native plants — the same varieties Ponce de Leon would have encountered when he landed on Florida’s shores. Artists used a wide array of materials, including fabric, plastic, ceramics and stained glass to render Florida’s “natural” fountains: the springs. “I was surprised to find that the first (dictionary) definition of a fountain is a spring of natural water,” Mallory O’Connor says. “I always thought it would be somebody’s birdbath, but no…it’s a spring.” Many works in the exhibit focus on the historical significance of the fountain myth, which, Mallory O’Connor points out, is nearly as old as humankind. “(It) goes all the way back to the earliest writings of Herodotus, the Greek travel writer, to the Epic of Gilgamesh in Mesopotamia in 3000 BC,” she says. John O’Connor chimes in, “And there are examples in Persian culture, Japanese, Chinese, Indian…” It’s clear from the way the O’Connors embellish on each other’s thoughts and sometimes finish each other’s sentences that they work well together. The couple met in the mid-1960s when Mallory was a freshman art student in John’s class at the University of California at Davis. “I got to go out with a graduate student!” she exclaims. At the time, John was studying under pop artist Wayne Thiebaud, who is best known for his paintings of pies and cakes. John says one of Thiebaud’s pastels recently sold for $1.2 million at Christie’s Auction in New York. “We wish we had bought some when they were $125 each,” Mallory says wistfully. They’ve been together ever since, and have been in Gainesville since 1969, when they both were offered teaching positions in the College of Fine Arts at UF. In the current exhibit, John’s painting, “The Fountain,” depicts the arrival of Ponce de Leon’s ships in Florida on an historic map of the New World that appears to have Continued on Page 126 ➤➤

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12th Annual Cattle Baron’s Ball benefit held at Mercedes Benz of Gainesville.

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2.  From left, Scarlett Mueller, Linda Davidson, and LeJene Norman. 3.  Cheri Witt, from left, Joel Turner, and Janine Guidice 4.  Ravinia and Hershel Lyons. 5.  Kilty and Robert Bryson.






A sneak peek of the upcoming 2013-2014 season of the UF Performing Arts, held at the Phillps Center.


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1.  From left, Keith Watson, Sue Wagner, and Michael Blachly, director of UF Performing Arts. 2.  Maria Velazquez, left, with Ron and Barb Abel. 3.  From left, Ken Berns, Carole Zegel and Laura Berns. 4.  Leslie and Paul Klein. 5.  Dot Hadsock, from left, Elizabeth Auer and Carol Squitieri.

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Awards ceremony held at the Santa Fe Fine Arts Hall.



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2.  Anthony Lyons and Phoebe Cade Miles. 3.  SF college president Dr. Jackson Sasser, Linda McGurn, and Tim Giuliani. 4.  John King and Geoffrey Hoare of Quantitative Medicine.

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1.  Gainesville Orchestra board member Ben Caswell and Gainesville Orchestra President Greg Johnson. 2.  Gainesville Orchestra conductor Evans Haile. 3.  From left, Irene Salley, Remington Kail and Ericka Miller. 4.  The Travers family. 5.  Sabreen Brown and Stacey Dorsonne.

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Girl Scouts of Gateway Council award ceremony held at the UF Hilton.


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1.  The 2013 honorees with members of the Girls Scouts of Gateway Council. 2.  Barbara Emmer, left, and Tracy Stubbs. 3.  Patricia Hilliard-Nunn, left, and Bobbie Hall. 4.  From left, Kathie Southwick, Nona Jones, Kay Mitchell and Vicki Santello.


5.  Edie Parker, from left, Vickie Helmig, Barbara Strayhorn and Joyce Smith.



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Held at the Florida Museum of Natural History.

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1.  Mindy Underberger, left, and Mickie Amparo. 2.  Equality Florida Deputy Director Stratton Pollitizer, from left, Michelle Ott and B. Rodney White. 3.  John Reger and Evans Haile. 4.  From left, Elana Thurston-Milgrom, Rebecca Ibanez and Jessica Lancia. 5.  Michael Pellett, from left, Kathy Funke and Susan Bottcher. 5


6.  From left, Marty Hylton, Tom Woodruff and Brad Schultz.

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A benefit held at the Rembert Farm in Alachua.

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1.  Linda Carlile and Andy Christian. 2.  Karolyn Godbey, from left, Carol Ash, and Vam York. 3.  From left, Ted and Hallie McFetridge with Bill and Phyllis Brumfield and Carol Ross. 4.  Richard and Cheryl Gamage, left, with Todd Rainsberger. 5

5.  Art Campbell, from left, Nancy Lowndes and Rich Scarborough.



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Award ceremony held at Santa Fe College.

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1.  Vicki Santello, left, with Ron and Jill Cunningham. 2.  John Moran and Lesley Gamble. 3.  From left, Margaret Ross Tolbert, Lola Haskins, Annie Pais and Cynthia Barnett. 4.  Cathy Dewitt, from left, Stewart Thomas, Margaret Ross Tolbert and Pat Harden. 5

5.  From left, Jacqui Collett, Loye Barnard, Dan Rountree and Jacqui Sulek.

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2 0 1 3 W o m e n of D i s t i n c t i o n a n d W o m a n of P r o m i s e a w a r d s Award ceremony for Alachua and Bradford counties held at Santa Fe Fine Arts Hall.


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1.  Justine Vaughen, left, and Lalitha Ganesh. 2.  Jim and Anne Voyles, left, with Carrie Lee. 3.  From left, Julian and Alice Surita with Ron and Dianne Farb and Lynda Coleman. 4.  Karim Dioguardi, from left, Jan Taylor, Stephanie Dioguardi and Stacey Ledvina. 5.  Sam, Harriet, Jenna and Justin Stafford.



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1.  Carol and Will Muschamp.

Brandon Kendrick and Jeff Dawson.

2.  Former Gator Lawrence and Kimberly Haynes.

5.  Anthony Janicki and Kevin McCutcheon.

3.  Former Gator Outside Linebacker Patrick Miller with Toni Miller.

6.  Jeff Dillman and Travaris Robinson.

4.  Former Gators

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Awards ceremony by the Community Foundation of North Central Florida, held at the Best Western Gateway.

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1.  Madeleine Mills, left, and Ester Tibbs. 2.  Eric Godet, from left, Carrie Lee and Michael Curry. 3.  From left, Dink Henderson, Phil Emmer, Barbara Emmer and Stan Given. 4.  Sherry Houston, left, and Dr. Maggie LaBarta. 5.  Wendy Person, left, and Patricia Yates. 5



6.  Vicki Santello, left, and Bobbie Hall.



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A benefit for Girls Place held in Alachua.

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2.  Casey Birmingham and Makayla Brouilette. 3.  A science experiment by Mebane Middle School. 4.  City of Alachua Mayor Gib Coerper, left, and Storm Roberts. 5.  Macy Birmingham, left, and Kara Winslow. 5


6.  Officers Nicole Tierney and Ernest Graham.

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Women’s Giving Circle



An awards ceremony held at the home of Nancy Perry.

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1.  Sandra Snyder, left, and Diane Evans. 2.  Kim Galban-Countryman, from left, Nancy Perry and Lavelle Mount. 3.  From left, Richard Anderson, Jeannie Valk, Cindy Woodruff, Barzella Papa, Ester Tibbs, Maggie LaBarta and Sherry Houston. 4.  Melissa Tyron, from left, Nikki Wagner and Kim Galban-Countryman. 4

5.  From feft, Mary Ellen Funderberk, Dee Dee Smith and Susan Parrish.



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A Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce event, held at the Gainesville Raceway.


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1.  From left, David Wilson, Kirk Klein and Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Tim Giuliani. 2.  Tiffany Williams and Joe Johnson. 3.  Tracy Gumpert, left, and Yvonne Stevens. 4.  Donna Carroll and Steve Shepherd. 5.  Shanon Nelson, left, and Terri Monaghan. 6.  Jorgia McAfee and John Pastore. 6


7.  Dave and Tami Wise.

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A benefit for the ARC of Alachua County held at the Haile Plantation Golf & Country Club.

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1.  Brent Spalding putts. 2.  Mark Matson, left, and John Darr. 3.  From left, Devin Herring, Chad Bassett, Sean Bellrichard and Al Bassett. 4.  Dave Michael, left, and Rob Groeb. 5.  Kyle Fedowich, left, and Charles Stephenson. 6.  B. J. Harlan and Brandon Labonte. 5




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A showcase of art and gifts, held at Thornebrook Village.


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1.  Susan Cox, Mary McIntyre and Susan Bottcher. 2.  Shannon Maccioli, left, and Ilene Silverman. 3.  Carmen Ward, left, and Joa March. 4.  Larry and Peggy Christian. 5.  From left, Jean Thomas, Lori Hunt and Daniel Hime. 6

6.  Keith Spencer, Maureen Cales, Shirley Haberman and Stan Rakofski.

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A benefit held at Rembert Farm.


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1.  Hoch Shitama, from left, Cathy DeWitt and Celeste Shitama. 2.  Tony Barr and Elena Fraser. 3.  From left, Jeffrey Hogue, Amy Hogue, Tiffany Burgett and Jeff Rizzo. 4.  Don Robertson and Helen Gyllstrom. 5.  Jeffrey Weisberg and Heart Phoenix. 6.  The Freeman family, from left, Howard, Bella, Carolyne and Laurel.


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Held at Holy Trinity church.

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1.  Sharon Hiemenz, left, and Heather Greyling. 2.  Deborah Franklin, from left, Eleanor Briseno and Mary Seales. 3.  From left, Laurie Rousseau, Janet Welt, Kellie Woodward and Daphne Balkheimer. 4.  Marlene Udell, from left, Leveda Brown and Amanda Burks. 5

5.  Jill Carter, left, and Susan Vince.

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The 26th annual fundraiser for The Children’s Home Society of Florida.

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1.  Maureen Tartaglione and Children’s Home Society Executive Director Jennifer Anchors. 2.  Susan Goodwin, left, with John and Robin Reger. 3.  From left, Alex Noda, Harmony Monk, Laurie Dolsak and Susan Meurlott. 4.  Ed and Alora Haynes. 5.  Cary and Sharon Gallop. 6.  Rebecca and Rod Allen.


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A Catholic Charities fundraiser held at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.

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1.  Dr. Wendy Garlington, from left, and Carmela Pena. 2.  Terry Chan-A-Sing, left, and Joyce Lizwelicha. 3.  Phil and Barbara Emmer, left, with Carrie and Dennis Lee. 4.  Paul Smith, from left, Bishop Felipe Estevez, John Barli and Greg Jasinski.


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Datebook W H AT ’ S  WO R T H D O I N G   I N  T H E COMING MONTHS

Broadway musical "Avenue Q" runs through June 23 at the Hippodrome Theatre.

by Casey Moore


ONGOING Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art

Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 5-10 p.m. Thursday for Museum

Nights, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. Sunday; closed Thanksgiving and Christmas, SW 34th Street and Hull Road, UF campus, (392-9826 or “All the World's a Frame,” The Photographer’s Eye," by John Szarkowski, is used as the framework to examine photographs from the Harn and other local collections in terms of their formal characteristics, motives, repeated tropes and expectations embedded in their making, through Nov. 17 “Much Ado About Portraits,” portraits of many different kinds — formal, religious, historical, imaginative or political — explore the question of why we create portraits, through Sept. 8 “Plants and Medicine: Art and Science in Botanical Prints,”

engravings and woodcuts from the 16th-18th centuries drawn from the Harn’s collection of herbal prints explore the topic of plants as medicinal treatment, through Sept. 1 “String of Pearls: Traditional Indian Painting,” highlights illustrated manuscript paintings from different regions of India, offering a glimpse into the richness of painting during the 17th-19th centuries, through Oct. 27

“Bird Mothers and Feathered Serpents: Mythical Beings of Oceania and Ancient America,” works from Melanesia, including

the Sepik River region, Papuan Gulf, New Britain and New Ireland of Papua New Guinea, and Ancient American works from Mesoamerica, Central America and the Andean region, through Jan. 2014. Joan MirÓ, features three large-scale bronze sculptures by the artist, through Dec. 1

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"Artifacts Exquisite & Extraordinary: From the Theatre of Memory Collection," runs from June 28 to September 28 at the Thomas Center.

{DATEBOOK: WHAT'S WORTH DOING} with the eye of an artist for the past 30 years. "Springs Eternal" is a visual celebration of the state’s natural springs, a meditation on their future and an invitation for residents to fall in love with this vital resource, through Dec. 31 "Finding the Fountain of Youth: Discovering Florida’s Magical Waters,"

Based on an upcoming book by Rick Kilby, exhibit examines how the legend of Ponce de Leon’s quest for restorative waters shaped the Sunshine State’s image as a land of fantasy, rejuvenation and magical spring-fed waters, through Dec. 31 “Titanoboa: Monster Snake,” 60-million-year-old remains of the largest snake in the world, measuring 48 feet long and weighing 2,500 pounds, through Aug. 11 “Dugout Canoes: Paddling through the Americas,” Find out how dugout “A Sense of Place: African Interiors,”

objects from homes, palaces, shrines and other sacred spaces culled from the Harn’s African collection, ongoing David A. Cofrin Asian Art Wing, with rotating exhibits featuring works from the museum’s Asian collection of 2,000 paintings, sculptures, ceramics, prints, scrolls and other art objects from China, Japan, Korea, South Asia and Southeast Asia

Florida Museum of Natural History Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m.

Sunday, closed Thanksgiving and Christmas, includes Butterfly Rainforest, a 6,400-squarefoot screened, outdoor enclosure, fossil exhibits, replica cave and more, SW 34th Street and

canoes have affected life and travel throughout the Americas, from Florida to the Amazon and the Pacific, through Nov. 30

“All the World's a Frame, The Photographer’s Eye,” by John Szarkowski, is at the Harn Museum of Art through Nov. 17.

Hull Road, UF campus, (846-2000 or www. “Botanical Chords: The Art and Science of Plants and Cells," Join scien-

tist and self-taught artist Terry Ashley and Florida Museum researcher Pam Soltis as they visually explore the beauty and science of plants and cells with composite images of two aspects of the same species: an image of a plant and a microscopic image of the cells, through Oct 6 "Springs Eternal: Florida’s Fragile Fountains of Youth," John Moran has

photographed the wild heart of Florida

Butterfly Rainforest: Where Science Takes Flight, Come face-to-face with

exotic, vibrant butterflies fluttering atop a lush tropical canvas of foliage and flowers, through Nov. 30 “Collections are the Library of Life,”

Catch a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the museum’s vast natural history collections, including the skull of UF’s first live mascot, Albert the Alligator, permanent “Florida Fossils: Evolution of Life and Land,” encapsulates the last 65 mil-

lion years of Earth’s history, permanent

“Northwest Florida: Waterways and Wildlife,” follows the path of water as it

flows through northwest Florida habitats

“Titanoboa: Monster Snake” exhibit is at the Florida Museum of Natural History through Aug. 11.

from limestone caves and springs to the Gulf of Mexico, permanent “South Florida People and Environments,” a 6,000-square-foot exhibit dedi-

cated to the environments and history of South Florida, permanent

Morningside Nature Center

Open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Sunday; farm is open 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, closed

Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s, 3540 E. University Ave., (393-8171)

Slithers out of town Aug. 11 Don’t miss your last chance to explore the world’s largest snake - 48 feet long and 2,500 pounds $6 adults; $4.50 ages 3-17. The exhibition is a collaboration between the Florida Museum, the University of Nebraska and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. It is circulated by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.

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”Living History Days,” History comes to

“Springs Eternal: Florida’s Fragile Fountains of Youth,” celebrating the wild heart of Florida's springs with nature photography, is at the Florida Museum of Natural History through Dec. 31.

life with 1870s rural Florida farm life, 9 a.m.4:30 p.m. Saturdays “Barnyard Buddies,” An animal meetand-greet, 3 p.m. Wednesdays “Feed-a-Frog Friday,” Amphibian and reptile feeding, 2-3 p.m. first Friday of every month

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Friday, and 9 a.m.- 7 p.m. or dusk Saturday-

Sunday, closed Thursdays and Christmas, $7 plus tax, children (6-13) $3.50 plus tax, children under 6 are free, 4700 SW 58th Drive, Gainesville, entrance on Archer Road, (372-4981,

JUNE Performances “Avenue Q,” Broadway musical, through

June 23, Hippodrome Theatre, 25 SE Second Place. (375-4477) “The Perfect Party,” comedy, June 14-30, Acrosstown Repertory Theatre, 619 S. Main St.

“The Lonesome West,” play, June 10- Aug.

favorite hits, June 1 and June 15, 7:30 p.m., David A. Straz , Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 North Macinnes Place, Tampa, (813-229-7827)

4, David A. Straz , Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 North Macinnes Place, Tampa,. (813-229-7827) Earth, Wind & Fire, pop/R&B concert, June 21, 7:30 p.m., St. Augustine Amphitheatre, (800-745-3000) Daniel Tosh, The June Gloom Tour, June 27, 7 and 9:30 p.m., David A. Straz , Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 North Macinnes Place, Tampa. (813-229-7827)

“An Evening with Cesar Millan: Dog Whisperer,” renowned dog behavior spe-


“An Evening with the Isley Brothers,” Motown singing group performs

cialist, June 1, 8 p.m., Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, 300 Water St., Jacksonville, (904-633-6110)

Quest for the Fountain of Youth in Florida History, mythology and art,

commemorating the 500th anniversary of

Ponce de Leon’s landing in Florida, more than 30 original artworks by contemporary Florida artists, through June 22, The Thomas Center, 302 NE Sixth Ave., Free. (334-2787) Ardisia Pull Workdays, June 1, 9 a.m., San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park, 12720 NW 109th Lane, Alachua, Free. (386-462-7905) “Free Fridays” Concert Series, Little Jake Mitchell and The Soul Searchers, June 7, 8-10 p.m., Bo Diddley Community Plaza, 111 E. University Ave., Free. (393-8746) “Free Fridays” Concert Series, Wester Joseph’s Stereo Vudu, June 14, 8-10 p.m., Bo Diddley Community Plaza, 111 E.

University Ave., Free. (393-8746) “Free Fridays” Concert Series, Fast

Lane, June 21, 8-10 p.m., Bo Diddley Community Plaza, 111 E. University Ave., Free. (393-8746) Satchel’s Shakedown, monthly bellydance hafla and student showcase, June 25, 7:30-9 p.m., Lightnin’ Salvage at Satchel’s Pizza, 1800 NE 23rd Ave., Free. (335-7272) ArtWalk Gainesville, self guided tour of local galleries, June 28, 7-10 p.m., Artwalk Gainesville, 104 SE First Ave., Free. (384-3950) ARTIFACTS EXQUISITE & EXTRAORDINARY,

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{DATEBOOK: WHAT'S WORTH DOING} inspire learning, this exhibition features a diverse range of objects, including ancient Chinese jade, pre-Columbian textiles, medieval sheet music, Victorian letters, natural history specimens and meteors from space. June 28-Sept. 28, opening reception Friday, June 28, 5-7 p.m, Thomas Center Galleries, 302 NE 6th Ave., (334-5067) “Free Fridays” Concert Series, De Lions of Jah, June 28, 8-10 p.m., Bo Diddley Community Plaza, 111 E. University Ave., Free. (393-8746)

JULY Performances

“Southland,” Cleo Parker Robinson’s

dance ensemble ballet, July 15 & 16, 7:30 p.m., University of Florida Performing Arts Center, 3201 Hull Road, (392-2787) “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,”

Mark Twain’s classic story, July 12- August 4, Gainesville Community Playhouse, Vam York Theatre, 4039 NW 16th Blvd., (3764949) “Hairspray,” 1960s musical, July 13-August 5, Gainesville Community Playhouse, Vam York Theatre, 4039 NW 16th Blvd. (376-4949) kathy griffin, July 15, 8 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, www.rutheckerdhall. com (727-791-7400) The Monkees, July 26, 8 p.m., St. Augustine Amphitheatre, (800-745-3000)


“Free Fridays” Concert Series, All

American Song Fest, July 5, 8-10 p.m., Bo Diddley Community Plaza, 111 E. University Ave., Free. (393-8746)

“Free Fridays” Concert Series, Morn-

ingbell, July 12, 8-10 p.m., Bo Diddley Community Plaza, 111 E. University Ave., Free. (393-8746) Summer Teacher Institute, resource for K-12 teachers, July 14-16, Harn Museum, Southwest 34th Street and Hull Road. (392-9826) “Free Fridays” Concert Series, Uncle Morty’s Rhythm Cream, July 19, 8-10 p.m., Bo Diddley Community Plaza, 111 E. University Ave., Free. (393-8746) Gallery Talk, Carol McCusker, Curator of Photography, July 21, 3 p.m. Harn Museum, Southwest 34th Street and Hull Road. (392-9826) “Free Fridays” Concert Series, An Triur, July 26, 8-10 p.m., Bo Diddley Community Plaza, 111 E. University Ave., Free. (3938746) Gallery Talk, Susan Cooksey, Curator of African Art, July 28, 3 p.m., Harn Museum, Southwest 34th Street and Hull Road. (392-9826)

AUGUST Performances “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,”

Mark Twain’s classic story, through August 4, Gainesville Community Playhouse, Vam York Theatre, 4039 NW 16th Blvd. (376-4949) “Twelve Angry Men,” play, August 9-24, Acrosstown Repertory Theatre, 619 South Main Street Alabama, country music concert, Aug. 9, 7 p.m., St. Augustine Amphitheatre, (800745-3000)




Comedian Kathy Griffin performs July 15 at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. “Free Fridays” Concert Series, Little

Mike and the Tornadoes, August 2, 8-10 p.m., Bo Diddley Community Plaza, 111 E. University Ave., Free. (393-8746) Gallery Talk, Kerry Oliver-Smith & Dulce Roman, Harn Curators, August 4, 3 p.m., Harn Museum, Southwest 34th Street and Hull Road. (392-9826) “Free Fridays” Concert Series, Chris McCarty, August 9, 8-10 p.m., Bo Diddley Community Plaza, 111 E. University Ave., Free. (393-8746)

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Shed, August 16, 8-10 p.m., Bo Diddley Community Plaza, 111 E. University Ave., Free. (393-8746) “Free Fridays” Concert Series, Irie Ones, August 23, 8-10 p.m., Bo Diddley Community Plaza, 111 E. University Ave., Free. (393-8746) “Free Fridays” Concert Series, Crooked Counsel, August 30, 8-10 p.m., Bo Diddley Community Plaza, 111 E. University Ave., Free. (393-8746)

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bikes through a maze of rolling dunes fringed by marshlands and eventually arrived at the ruins of Dungeness, another Carnegie family mansion that was destroyed by fire in 1959. There is an eerie, almost Ozymandias-like feel to this former retreat of the super wealthy, as recounted in Percy Bysshe Shelley’s famous sonnet: “Round the decay Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare, The lone and level sands stretch far away” Returning to the Greyfield

down an arrow-straight oakshaded lane, we enjoyed our picnic lunch, browsed about the inn, chatted with guests, strolled its stately grounds and, of course, took snapshots of the wild horses that grazed placidly nearby before boarding the Lucy for the return trip to Fernandina. Cumberland Island is rich in history and biodiversity, and exploring it fully is the work of days, not a few hours. Still, even a few hours stolen on an island paradise is time worth savoring. Now, what to do with those shells?

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been drawn on a blackboard. “I was surrounded by them (blackboards) in the classroom for 42 1/2 years,” he says of the inspiration for his blackboard motif, which he has been using since 1984. Palm Harbor artist Mitch Kolbe’s piece, “500 Years to Reflect,” depicts the historical significance of Ponce de Leon’s landing with a painting of the Spanish explorer’s boot planted on the ground next to a crystalline spring. The conquistador’s image is reflected in the spring waters, representing the illusion the mythical fountain holds. “We can clearly see Ponce in all his glory, but with the slightest movement of the wind, his reflection can disappear, and in many ways today, so can our springs,” Kolbe writes in the catalog. Mallory, who served as curator, counselor and muse to the artists as they developed their works, says Kolbe had trouble finding someone to be a model for Ponce de Leon. He finally

found a history re-enactor named Carlos Bicho who had portrayed the Spanish explorer. When the exhibit opened in Gainesville back in March, Bicho made a guest appearance as Ponce de Leon in full regalia. Another component of the story, she says, is what happens in the 21st century, when we have the medical technology to perhaps turn back the clock, or help us extend our youth. “And what are the unintended consequences of that?” she asks. One artist represented this theme in a mosaic of mirror tiles in the shape of a bottle titled “Youth in a Bottle.” John O’Connor says Mallory even came up with a catchphrase for the exhibit that encompasses the breadth and depth of the thematic elements in it: “From baptisms to Botox.” Meanwhile, the couple are at work on their next project: “The Quest for the Fountain of Youth in Florida History, Mythology, and Art,” the book.


Continued from Page 22 5. They can’t lose to a lesser team. Man, they came close last year on a number of occasions. Bad losses don’t translate well at the end of the season. 6. They need to be strong up the middle. There is an old adage in baseball that you have to be strong up the middle — catcher, middle infield, centerfield — to be a good team. The same goes for football — defensive tackles, middle linebacker, safety. Last year’s starters have all gone to the NFL. Players have to step up in these spots if Florida is again going to be one of the nation’s best defensive teams. 7. There can’t be a special 126 G A I N E S V I L L E   M A G A Z I N E

teams drop-off. When you lose a kicker like Caleb Sturgis, you lose a weapon. Florida won’t be as good on field goals, so it needs to pick it up somewhere else with new special teams coach Jeff Choate. The return game, especially on punts, is the likely candidate. So there you have it. Do these seven things and we’ll see what the computers and pollsters say. I’m sure Muschamp has a similar list in his head. I do know that he likes this team a lot, that he feels his locker room is the best it’s been since he got here in terms of chemistry. We’ll see if that turns into wins on the field. It will be here before you know it.

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That drive began early, due in part to friendly competition with his older brother, Harrison. As the younger son of John Larry Schott, an investment consultant, and Connie Schott, an executive director of human resources at Florida Hospital in Daytona, Henry followed his older brother through Oak Hall. “It was sibling rivalry in a healthy way,” explains his father. “Both [boys] are special. ... Henry is the younger one, the one who pushes boundaries. He was always hearing ‘Oh, you’re Harrison’s little brother.’” For some high schoolers, boundary-pushing might mean a stint with skydiving or staying out past curfew. Henry’s thrills tended to come from breaking out of his comfort zone. In his senior year, he managed to join the weightlifting team on a whim, and a recent Christmas gift — a ukulele — ignited his passion to teach himself to play Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” For someone who is “naturally good at everything,” according to his father, Henry enjoys pushing himself to become better, whether in the classroom or beyond. His inclination toward language arts led him to take to his senior course in Classical Greek. And he’s teaching himself German in his free time, that is, when he’s not busy translating Plautus’ Menaechmi play from Latin (also in his spare time). “Studying a foreign language opens up worlds to me, and I love that,” Henry says. It’s no surprise that his goal in college is to study linguistics and perhaps become a professor. He plans to attend Rhodes College in Menphis next fall. But he would be thrilled to perform on stage.

Henry has tackled a wide range of roles, from the schizophrenic Jekyll and Hyde to the stage manager in the play “Our Town.” The result? A slew of superior rankings at state thespian competitions over the years. If Henry is a natural on stage — singing, acting and playing instruments with the Cigar Band (not the school band) — perhaps it is because performing runs in his blood. He jokes that his father plays the kazoo on a professional level,

“Henry is the classic Renaissance man ... he is musical, dramatic and very scientific. He is one of a kind.” and in all seriousness, his uncle Jeff was a clown with the Ringling Brothers circus. “We have a lot of circus stuff lying around,” Henry says, including a unicycle and clown shoes. His uncle also taught him juggling and stilt-walking. “Henry is the classic Renaissance man ... he is musical, dramatic and very scientific. He is one of a kind,” says Ed Legare, his physics teacher at Oak Hall. If, for some reason, Henry decides to veer off his current path to college and a career in academics, he can always fall back on his circus lineage and do a little busking — performing in public in exchange for tips. “There’s always a slim possibility that I’ll get picked out by some famous actor and become a star,” Henry says with a laugh. In Henry’s world, anything is possible. Generation Next profiles one of the area’s amazing youth (ages 12 to 22) in each issue. Have a suggestion for someone to include? Please e-mail

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Abstract Nature



housands of tadpoles swim over the concrete boat ramp in the shallow tannic water at Earl P. Powers Park on Newnanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lake. I

had photographed all the fishermen and boaters, even trees and flowers, but this unexpected sight just beneath the surface was my favorite that day. The color and pattern make natural art.

Erica Brough is a photo journalist for The Gainesville Sun and Gainesville Magazine.

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