MONDAY MAY 17 8:11 a.m. Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties
While we didn’t get any quilting done, we did discuss the quilts by Sieglinde Schoen Smith and how excited we are over them.
We’ll put them in the sewing room. We are imagining how great they will look together in one room.
We’re getting impatient about Lancaster Correctional Institution sending the adult male inmates who have helped the Museum for decades now, coming back out to work on the kitchen flooring and helping us to get the quilts hung. Thanks to the ship blocking the Panama Canal, we’re waiting on the lumber we need to make the shelves for sewing machines and hanging the quilts.
The expression, “if it’s not one thing, it’s something else” fits us at this time.
All this isn’t stopping us from adding to our job lists. It’s summer and everything slows down. We were busy during the winter months and looking forward to the slowdown and now we’re fussing about it.
Several sewing machines and boxes were dropped off during the past week. Thanks to all of our donors for thinking of us. The boxes include a variety of items that have been sorted and put away. We’re back to measuring material and hoping we can get a lot done so we can visit with our winter friends and not have to work so much.
We’ve had several great days of spring weather for sitting on the porch. All y’all are invited to come out and join us.
The Levy County Quilt Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with craft items for sale, as well as our Museum to tour.
Seen here is a Hummel figurine on a small quilt by Sieglinde Shoen Smith. We have 11 quilts to enjoy. Soon we will be ready.
Appleton Artspace reopens on June 1
The Daniel M. Kraus and Mary B. Kraus Artspace at the Appleton Museum of Art.
Story and photos Provided
By Tina Banner
CF Marketing, Public and Community Relations
Published May 16, 2021 at 9:11 a.m.
OCALA — The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, is pleased to reopen the Artspace, the drop-in makers space.
This is part of the library of children’s art books in the Appleton’s Artspace.
Create with Lego in the Appleton’s Artspace.
After a temporary closure due to global COVID-19 pandemic health, hygiene and safety measures, visitors of all ages can once again enjoy this creative and colorful environment beginning Tuesday, June 1.
Funded by a generous donation from Daniel M. Kraus and Mary B. Kraus, the Artspace engages adults and children in hands-on art experiences through colorful activity stations and projects that promote the understanding of art.
“The Artspace anchors the eastern end of the Appleton and is deeply rooted in our community as a creative nexus for young and old, alike,” said Appleton Director Jason Steuber.
Visitors can build with Lego, draw on our glass wall, paint their next masterpiece — there’s something for every age and ability! The Artspace also features a toddler play area and library of children’s art books.
“The Artspace is a phenomenal space for artmaking and creativity that sets the Appleton apart from other museums. It’s truly the heart of all our educational endeavors,” said Museum Educator Hollis Mutch. “Projects and activities change throughout the year introducing a wide variety of artists and art-making techniques to our visitors. The Artspace is not just for children, but for all ages, and helps adults remember the joy of art.”
The Artspace, supplies and activities are free for Appleton members and included with museum admission fee for nonmembers. Through 2021, the public can visit the Appleton and the Artspace with no admission fee on the first Saturday of each month. For admission fees and other free admission programs, visit https://www.appletonmuseum.org/.
Face masks covering the mouth and nose are required for all staff and visitors ages 5 years and older.
The Appleton Museum, Artspace and Store are open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, from noon until 5 p.m.
A campus of the College of Central Florida, the Appleton Museum of Art is located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, east of downtown on SR 40 (exit 352 east off I-75 or exit 268 west off I-95). Parking is free. For more information, call 352-291-4455 or visit https://www.appletonmuseum.org/.
Levy County offers
4-H Summer Day Camps 2021
Registration for first camp
closes on May 27
By Jessica Emerson Campos
4-H Extension Program Agent
UF/IFAS Extension Levy County
Published April 22, 2021 at 12:11 p.m.
Updated May 13, 2021 at 3:11
BRONSON -- Levy County 4-H is scheduled to offer Summer Day Camps throughout the months of June and July.
Camps include Food Prep and Explorations (10 through 13-year-olds), Crafty Clovers (5 through 7-year-olds), Hometown Heroes (7 through 13-year-olds), Marine Explorers (8 through 13-year-olds), Photography Adventures (8 through 13-year-olds), Grill Masters (10 through 13-year-olds) and Game Show Mania (8 through 13-year-olds).
Food Prep & Explorations: June 7-10 (12 spots)
Crafty Clovers: June 14-17 (12 spots)
Hometown Heroes: June 21-24 (24 spots)
Marine Explorers: June 28-July 1 (24 spots)
Photography Adventures: July 12-15 (12 spots)
Grill Masters: July 19-22 (12 spots)
Game Show Mania: July 26-29 (12 spots)
There are only so many spots. When the space for campers is filled, then no more spots are going to be offered.
You can find registration for these camps on Eventbrite by going to https://levy-county-4h.eventbrite.com.
For more information about the Levy County 4-H Program, please contact the UF/IFAS Extension Office at 352-486-5131.
Results shared from
the 10th Annual Nature Coast Challenge
Inglis Yankeetown Lions Club’s ‘Catch, Photo, Release’ Kayak Fishing Tournament generates revenue for charitable causes and provides fun for anglers and others.
Information and Photos Provided
By Donna Norton of the Lions Club
Photos of the anglers in action By Peter Weiss of the Lions Club
Published May 13, 2021 at 10:11 a.m.
Steve Higgins is the kayaker and fisherman seen above. Fifty anglers arrived in Yankeetown on Friday evening (April 23) anxious to fish after last year’s tournament hiatus, which was cause from the global COVID-19 pandemic. Following an old-Florida style fish fry, Inglis Yankeetown Lions Club President Rob French kicked off the Captain’s Meeting. The weather forecast for Saturday looked anything but promising. A predicted 30 percent chance of rain and wind gusts in the 17-to-35 mph range was not the best conditions for the event. Small craft warnings were issued. But kayaks can go where other watercraft cannot! The rain didn’t fall, and the kayakers found wind protected areas to launch and fish. By final check-in, the winning fish were logged for all categories.
Seen above (from left) are Inglis Yankeetown Lions Club First Vice President Steve Norton, Cale Stokes, Mike Dunning, Matt Riese, Luis Ortiz and Inglis Yankeetown Lions Club’s President Rob French. The Grand Slam prize goes to the angler with the longest combined length of one redfish and one trout. This year’s Grand Slam winner was Matt Riese. Riese added a 27-inch redfish to his first place 16.75-inch trout for a total length of 43.75 inches. The Junior Angler Trophy was earned by Cale Stokes, a first time tournament participant, with a 14-inch fish. Mike Dunning’s 30.5-inch redfish took first place in the Longest Redfish category. Luis Ortiz’s 28-inch third place redfish pushed him into Mixed Bag first place when added to two other species of fish for a combined length of 64 inches.
Seen here (from left) are Steve Higgins, Jon Drawdy and Glen Gibson. Jon Drawdy received two trophies this year. He earned second place Redfish at 28.75-inches and second place Mixed Bag with a total length of 63.5-inches for three different species. It was literally a race against the clock to decide the second place Trout, between two 16.50-inch fish. Time in breaks a tie in this tournament. Steve Higgins checked in the second place Trout just 13 minutes earlier than Glen Gibson who checked in what became the third place Trout. But the third place Trout helped Gibson snag the third place Mixed Bag trophy with a total combined length of 52 inches.
Ronnie Newman is the kayaker and fisherman seen above. The Inglis Yankeetown Lions Club extends its great appreciation to the tournament sponsors and donors. The Club understands that without them this event would not be possible. We note our thanks, specifically, to NoNatz; Lee Fisher International Inc.; Tee's Bait; Stanley Sporting Goods; Blackwater Bar and Grill; Hook, Line and Sinker; Yankeetown Marina; Food Ranch; Shrimp Landing; SM Custom; Tow Boat U.S.; Black Dog Charters; Black Max Custom Rods; Dan's Clam Stand; Buddy and Fred's Hardware; Subway; HardisonInk.com; Rivera Grill; Elegant Pelican; Beasley Tire, Scooter Haven Country Club; Magnolia Breeze Vintage Market; and the Fran Haasch Law Group.
CF International Film Series concludes
with discussion of films on May 26
Story and Photo Provided
By Tina Banner of CF Marketing,
Public and Community Relations
Published May 10, 2021
at 11:11 a.m.
Updated May 13, 2021
at 3:11 p.m.
OCALA — The College of Central Florida is scheduled to conclude its International Film Series with a member appreciation event with an online discussion of Maya Deren.
A previous plan for a viewing of film has been cancelled.
Online discussion is set for Wednesday, May 26, from 12:30-1:30 p.m., and will be hosted by Appleton Museum of Art’s Patricia Tomlinson.
Screenings were to take place at the Ocala Drive-In Theater, 4850 S. Pine Ave., Ocala, or online -- but that plan is not happening now.
Through Deren’s pioneering camera work and editing techniques, as well as her deep exploration of psychological themes, her groundbreaking films are entirely unique. Her films laid the groundwork for future innovative filmmakers such as David Lynch.
The four short films selected for discussion represent several stages of her career -- from her 1943 breakout film “Meshes of the Afternoon” to one of her last films, the 1959 “The Very Eye of Night.” They offer a comprehensive introduction to an extraordinary filmmaker and scholar.
Tomlinson is Curator of Exhibitions at the Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida. She joined the Appleton in 2016 after having served as curatorial staff at the Denver Art Museum for eight years. Tomlinson received degrees from the University of Colorado, in Boulder, as well as Colorado State University and the University of Denver. In addition to her degrees in art history and museum studies, Tomlinson completed extensive coursework in film history and directed several experimental films.
Autographed books from participating CF International Film Series Speakers will be given away by a random drawing to current International Film Series members.
For links to the screening and discussion, to become a Film Series member and more information on the International Film Series, contact Wendy Adams at 352-873-5800, ext. 1546, or click HERE.
Appleton offers eight weeks
of free online summer art camp programs
Story, Art and Graphic Provided
By CF Marketing and Public Relations
Published May 5, 2021 at 8:11 p.m.
OCALA — This year, the Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida’s annual Summer Art Camp is completely virtual and free.
Virtual Summer Art Camp features eight unique weeks of art-themed camps. Each week of camp includes five activities and three live Zoom classes with an art instructor. Camps are ideal for ages 7-12, and for younger children with the help of an adult.
Registration is now open and required to attend. To enroll in the Appleton’s virtual Summer Art Camp program, visit https://www.appletonmuseum.org/ and choose “Virtual Summer Art Camp” from the Education drop-down menu.
You can find a description of each art camp on this webpage, as well as a link to the Eventbrite registration. Once you register, a supply list for the art camp and Zoom login information for live sessions will be emailed with your confirmation.
Virtual Summer Art Camp Schedule
The art above is a sample of Eco/Nature Art.
Week 1: June 7-11 Eco/Nature Art
Week 2: June 14-18 Wonky Sculpture
Week 3: June 21-25 Meet the Masters
Week 4: June 28-July 2 Myths and Legends
Week 5: July 5-9 Art Senses
Week 6: July 12-16 Sketch It
Week 7: July 19-23 Painting Possibilities
Week 8: July 26-30 Art Animals
For answers to questions about Virtual Summer Art Camp, please contact Hollis Mutch, Museum Educator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A campus of the College of Central Florida, the Appleton Museum of Art is located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, east of downtown on SR 40 (exit 352 east off I-75 or exit 268 west off I-95). Parking is free. For more information, call 352-291-4455 or visit AppletonMuseum.org.
Phase One alligator harvest
permit applications open through June 14
By FWC Hunting and Game Management
Media Contact Tammy Sapp
Published May 4, 2021 at 6:11 a.m.
Updated May 10, 2021 at 6:11 a.m.
TALLAHASSEE -- Now is the time to plan for Florida’s upcoming hunting seasons if you’re interested in applying for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) alligator harvest permits or fall hunts at a Florida wildlife management area or national wildlife refuge.
Alligator harvest permits
Florida has a stable and healthy alligator population that allows for sustainable hunt opportunities through the FWC’s Statewide Alligator Harvest Program. To take part in Florida’s Aug. 15 to Nov. 1 alligator season, you’ll need an alligator trapping license, a Statewide Alligator Harvest Permit and two hide validation CITES tags.
The cost for this is $272 for Florida residents, $22 for those with a Florida Resident Persons with Disabilities Hunting and Fishing License, or $1,022 for nonresidents. The alligator harvest permit allows for the harvest of two alligators in a designated harvest unit or county.
Every year about 7,000 alligator harvest permits are issued through three random drawings and a final leftover phase. The demand for Florida alligator harvest permits is high and random drawings are used to provide a fair unbiased way to issue them.
This year the dates to apply for alligator harvest permits are as follows. Remember, all application periods start at 10 a.m. ET on the first day of the application period and run through 11:59 p.m. ET on the final day.
Phase I Applications -- May 7-17
Phase II Applications -- May 21-31
Phase III Applications -- June 4-14
Phase IV Leftovers -- June 17 - until filled or final hunt date.
Anyone who will be 18 years of age or older by Aug. 15 and has a valid credit card may apply for alligator harvest permits at https://gooutdoorsflorida.com/ or in person at a license agent or tax collector’s office.
Learn more about the alligator harvest permit application process by visiting https://myfwc.com/ and clicking on “Limited Entry/Quota Hunts” under the “Buy and Apply” drop down menu.
To give yourself the best chance of being issued an alligator harvest permit, make sure you:
● Submit all 12 choices in the application. However, listing the same area/period multiple times will not give you a better chance of being selected for that area.
● Choose areas that offer more permits to increase your odds of being drawn.
● Are willing to hunt every location you select. If you’re successful in the drawing, you’ll be charged the amount for the permit awarded to you.
Please be aware the South Florida Water Management District is undertaking major construction projects this year at STA-1W and STA 2 on behalf of their mission to safeguard and restore south Florida’s water resources. The heavy equipment traffic associated with levee/ditch work and vegetation removal means a portion of STA-1W South and all of STA-1W North and STA 2 are closed to alligator hunting during 2021.
The FWC offers several tools to help you with the application process. Find application worksheets, a harvest unit map and listing, application tips and more by visiting MyFWC.com/Alligator and clicking on “Statewide Alligator Harvest Program.”
Public hunting opportunities
for deer and wild hog
Interested in hunting deer or wild hog this fall at a Florida wildlife management area or national wildlife refuge? Then make plans to apply for quota hunt permits, special-opportunity fall hunts and national wildlife refuge fall hunts during the phase 1 application period, which begins 10 a.m. ET Saturday, May 15 and runs through 11:59 p.m. ET on June 15. You can apply for the opportunities outlined below at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com or in person at a license agent or tax collector’s office.
Fall quota hunts
Florida quota hunts provide access to an array of hunting experiences on select WMAs with permits for these opportunities issued via random drawing. You must have a valid Florida management area permit or a license type that includes one, unless exempt from license requirements, to apply for archery, muzzleloading gun, general gun, wild hog, family (adult and up to two youth), track vehicle and mobility-impaired quota hunts.
Also, deer hunts for youth between the ages of 8 and 15 are offered at Andrews and Camp Blanding WMAs. Applications for the youth quota hunts must be submitted under the child’s customer account.
Make sure you check out the fall quota hunt options at the two new WMAs. Orange Hammock WMA, a new 5,777-acre WMA in Sarasota County, offers archery, muzzleloading gun, mobility-impaired general gun and general gun quota hunt opportunities. A new 3,992-acre WMA in Okeechobee County, Everglades Headwaters WMA, Kissimmee Bend Unit, offers archery, muzzleloading gun, general gun and family hunts.
Special-opportunity fall hunts
Special-opportunity fall hunts offer large tracts of public land and low hunter quotas at the following WMAs: Fort Drum, Lake Panasoffkee, Triple N Ranch and Green Swamp West Unit. Fees for these hunts range from $50 to $175 per permit and permits are issued through a random drawing. There is a $5 non-refundable application fee that must be submitted with each individual application.
National wildlife refuge hunts
There are several fall hunts you can apply for at Lake Woodruff, Lower Suwannee, Loxahatchee, Merritt Island, St. Marks and St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuges. These areas offer unique experiences and well managed habitats.
Although the FWC issues permits for refuge hunts, the agency does not manage these hunts. For information about hunting regulations and permit requirements for these hunts, contact the appropriate national wildlife refuge.
Alachua County landowner honored
by FWC for wildlife conservation efforts
Jim Fischer (center) and grandson, Jason, accept their Wildlife Habitat Recognition Program sign with FWC Biologist Megan Ellis.
Story and Photo Provided By The FWC
Published April 29, 2021 at 8:11 a.m.
ALACHUA COUNTY -- An Alachua County landowner was recently recognized by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) for his outstanding wildlife habitat management efforts, as part of the agency’s Wildlife Habitat Recognition Program.
Jim Fischer owns Hatchet Creek Tree Farm in Alachua County, which includes a section of Hatchet Creek and is adjacent to conservation lands managed by Suwannee River Water Management District. His property connects and conserves upland and wetland habitat, providing a corridor for wildlife and assisting in landscape-scale wildlife habitat management.
Upon purchasing the property, Fischer reached out to natural resource professionals to assist with developing a management plan that would promote wildlife habitat. The property was initially covered with hardwoods that had gradually encroached on the naturally occurring sandhill due to the absence of fire.
Fischer got to work by removing the competing hardwoods, allowing the native longleaf pine trees and native groundcover to be exposed to sunlight. He then began implementing a prescribed burn treatment with the assistance of the North Florida Prescribed Burn Association. After two years of reintroducing fire, Fischer restored characteristic species of the sandhill ecosystem including wiregrass, toothache grass, lopsided Indiangrass and lovegrass.
In addition, Fischer has improved wildlife habitat by treating invasive species including smutgrass on his roads, maintaining snags (standing dead trees) for nesting birds including kestrels, planting native fruit-bearing trees and installing wood duck nest boxes near the creek.
When walking the firebreaks on the property, one can find burrows of gopher tortoises, hear the calls of eastern bluebirds, flush a covey of quail and watch wood ducks take flight near the creek. A resident coachwhip lives beneath the house and is often seen rising like a periscope out of a hole beneath the porch.
Private and public lands provide the habitat necessary to maintain sustainable wildlife populations. The efforts of private landowners to manage their own land to benefit wildlife and its habitat compliments the efforts of public agencies and is critical to ensuring that future generations will have the opportunity to experience and enjoy wildlife in its native habitat. Without private landowner efforts, countless plant and animal species would be at risk of significant population declines, which could result in them becoming candidates for listing on state or federal threatened and endangered species lists.
To show appreciation for the work done by landowners to conserve our state’s wildlife habitat, the FWC’s Landowner Assistance Program created the Wildlife Habitat Recognition Program formally honoring landowners by awarding them with a sign to display on their property and a certificate recognizing their habitat conservation efforts.
Private lands play a critical role in wildlife conservation in Florida by protecting and restoring rare habitats like the longleaf pine-wiregrass ecosystem and by managing farms, ranches, and forests that provide habitat to many species. While public land protects many species of wildlife, these properties form a fragmented landscape of habitat. Private lands connect these islands of public conservation land and provide critical habitat linkages and corridors necessary for many species to thrive.
FWC’s Landowner Assistance Program offers a written management plan to guide landowners interested in working toward meeting the requirements for the Wildlife Habitat Recognition Program. Interested landowners of 20 acres or more can apply online. For more information, visit MyFWC.com/LAP and click on “Landowner Recognition Programs.”
FWC Landowner Assistance Program biologists provide technical assistance to private landowners, helping them develop management plans for their property that maximize benefits to wildlife and people. These biologists can also assist with finding financial assistance to complete important habitat restoration projects on private lands. To learn more about this program or to find help and resources for managing wildlife on your property, check out our “Wildlife and Habitat Assistance” section online at MyFWC.com/LAP or call the FWC Regional Office and ask to speak to a LAP biologist.
Artist talks via Zoom slated
from May 20 through June 17
Story and Graphics Provided
By CF Marketing, Public and Community Relations
Published Feb. 5, 2021 at 4:11 p.m.
Updated April 20, 2021 at 7:11 a.m.
OCALA -- The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, continues its monthly, free online series of artist talks, “Artist’s Outlook.”
Join Appleton Curator of Exhibitions Patricia Tomlinson as she chats with individual artists about their work, processes and inspirations. This online series will take place every third Thursday through June and is free to attend.
Learn more about the works by each artist that are in the museum’s permanent collection, and hear directly from the artists on their processes, inspirations and upcoming projects. Participants will have the opportunity to ask the artist questions before the end of each program.
All talks will be hosted on Zoom and can be accessed using your mobile device or desktop computer. If using your phone or other mobile device, search “Zoom” in the app store. If using a desktop computer, visit https://www.zoom.us/. Use the following login information for each artist talk: Meeting ID: 302 190 0088 | Passcode: 352352.
May 20, 7 p.m. with Matthew Bennett and Aneesha Rhodes
Matthew Bennett, “Primary Color,” 2017, Oil on Panel. Gift to the people of Ocala from the David and Lisa Midgett Foundation, 2019.
Matthew Bennett, who painted the powerful visitor-favorite “Primary Color,” will speak alongside friend, model and muse Aneesha Rhodes. Learn more about why the artist depicted Aneesha as a superhero and how the two inspire each other.
June 17, 7 p.m. with Maggie Taylor
Maggie Taylor, “Southern Gothic,” 2001, Iris ink jet print. Museum Purchase.
Gainesville-based Maggie Taylor is a renowned digital artist who combines surrealism with 19th century aesthetics, referencing hand-colored type photographs. Her photography has been published in “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll (2008), “Adobe Photoshop Master Class: Maggie Taylor’s Landscape of Dreams” (2005), and “No Ordinary Day” (2013), among others.
In addition to the Appleton, her works are in the collections of the Cleveland Museum of Art, the High Museum in Atlanta, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.
For more information, email AppletonMuseum@cf.edu.
A campus of the College of Central Florida, the Appleton Museum of Art is located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, east of downtown on SR 40 (exit 352 east off I-75 or exit 268 west off I-95). Parking is free. For more information, call 352-291-4455.
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