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Log Cabin Quilters Chiefland Florida
Column and Photo
By Myrtice Scabarozi
Published Jan. 20, 2020 at 7:09 a.m.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
The Log Cabin Quilters met Thursday (Jan. 16) at the Levy County Quilt Museum -- 11050 N.W. 10th Ave. (near Levyville, kind of on the way to Judson on Levy County Road 134 from U.S. Alt. 27).


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     Florida Department of Corrections Correctional Officer Greg Stalvey was out with a crew from Lancaster Correctional Institution this week. This was his last day with the DOC. He has been with us for many years and has been a tremendous help. I don’t think we could have improved the Levy County Quilt Museum without his help. Thanks so much, Greg, and enjoy your retirement. Don’t be a stranger.
     Upcoming events are the Backyard Pickers on Saturday Feb 1 and The Old Sewing Machine Man on Tuesday, Feb 11. Hope to see you. Wow, this month has really flown by. This week flew by so fast, I did not include photos for this week’s column.

     The website for the Levy County Quilt Museum is


MLK Celebration In Williston
Information and Photos
By Drollene Brown
Published Jan. 19, 2020 at 4:09 p.m.
Williston conducted a parade down Noble Avenue and had an event at Cornelius Williams Park on Saturday in honor of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Following are some photos from the event in the park.


MLK In Williston Florida
Harriett Jones and Citizens for an Enlightened Electorate ‘recruits’ Malichi and Faith.


MLK Event In WIlliston Florida
One of the floats from the parade.

MLK Event In WIlliston Florida
The cooks are preparing food at Cornelius Williams Park.


MLK Day In WIlliston Florida
Children enjoy a sand pile on the playground.

MLK Day In WIlliston Florida
Marcia Burr stads with with Life Raft (advocacy group for caregivers of loved ones with dementia) and the AARP Chapter 912 of Williston table is manned by Dorothy Whiteman and Mignon Craig.

MLK Day In WIlliston Florida
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MLK Day In WIlliston Florida
Drollene Brown (standing) and Faith, CEE comrades


Vazquez Memorial Poetry Series
brings Jericho Brown
to CF on Feb. 5 and 6

Poet in Ocala
By CF Marketing, Public and Community Relations
Published Jan. 17, 2020 at 12:09 p.m.
     OCALA —
The Debra Vazquez Memorial Poetry Series presents poet Jericho Brown on Feb. 5 and 6.
     Brown is scheduled to read from his collection at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, in the Dassance Fine Arts Auditorium, and at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, in the Humanities and Social Sciences Building 8, Room 110, at the CF Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road.
     Tickets are not required and entry is free at both readings.
     Brown is the author of three collections of poetry: The Tradition (2019), a finalist for the 2019 National Book Award; The New Testament (Copper Canyon, 2014), winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and named one of the best collections of the year by Library Journal, Coldfront, and the Academy of American Poets; and Please (New Issues, 2008), which won the 2009 American Book Award, according to the author.
     Brown’s daring new book, The Tradition details the normalization of evil and history at the intersection of the past and the personal. Poems of fatherhood, legacy, blackness, queerness, worship and trauma are propelled into stunning clarity by Brown’s mastery. The Tradition is a cutting and necessary collection, relentless in its quest for survival while reveling in a celebration of contradiction.
     Brown grew up in Louisiana and worked as a speechwriter for the mayor of New Orleans before earning his doctorate in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Houston. He also holds a Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of New Orleans. He is an associate professor and the director of the Creative Writing Program at Emory University in Atlanta.
     The Debra Vazquez Memorial Poetry Series honors CF English and creative writing professor Debra Vazquez, who died as a result of domestic violence in 2004.


Right Whale Season
FWC Right Whale Photo
As noted in the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's monthly newsletter of December for the FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Insitute, starting Dec. 1, the FWC and partners began conducting right whale aerial surveys. These surveys detect right whales, document calves, help prevent vessel collisions with whales, and locate dead, injured, and entangled whales. Every sighting helps. The FWC asks everyone to please report any right whale sightings to 1-877-WHALE-HELP. The FWC aerial surveys are funded by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries, the United States Army Corps of Engineers, the United States Coast Guard and the United States Navy. Research conducted in the waters off the southeast United States coast is a collaborative effort between the FWC, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Sea to Shore Alliance, NOAA Fisheries and the New England Aquarium. FWC also partners with volunteer sighting networks along the coast of Florida. On Dec. 16, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium aerial team photographed (as seen in the photo above) the first North Atlantic right whale of the 2019-2020 season! The mother/calf pair were sighted off Sapelo Island in Georgia. Scientists have identified the first-time mom as Catalog #3560, born in 2005. Remember, give the right whales space if you see them in the wild. This is an important time for mothers to bond with their calves. Report any sightings to 1-877-WHALE-HELP.
Published Dec. 30, 2019 at 2:39 p.m.

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Cedar Key Arts Center shares
January workshop schedule

Jan. 4 Gallery Exhibit
By Jeff M. Hardison © Dec. 26, 2019 ay 3:09 p.m.
     CEDAR KEY --
The Cedar Key Arts Center is sharing its schedule for January workshops, and a gallery exhibit.
     Please note the Arts Center is scheduled to be closed Jan. 15, 16 and 17 all day.
     CKAC President Bev Ringberg said schedule updates are available at its website
     "With the understanding that creativity is inherent and vital to the development of humanity, our purpose is to nurture and encourage the arts," the CKAC notes as its mission statement.
     Located at 457 Second St. (upstairs above the Cedar Keyhole Artist Co-op), the Cedar Key Arts Center noted its aims are to:
     • Promote and encourage the arts in our community;
     • Provide, administer and coordinate facilities for the arts; and
     • Promote and provide educational programs in the arts.
     The tax-exempt Cedar Key Arts Center Inc. was founded in 1994, thanks to the creativity, generosity and vision of Catherine Graham Christie
     Christie, a retired Canadian art teacher and multi-talented artist, co-founded the Cedar Key Artist Co-op in 1977 to provide an outlet for creative people in Cedar Key. This cooperative added to the ambiance of historic downtown Cedar Key, making it gain strength from the late 1970s through today as one of Florida's island communities that helps support the fine arts.
     This most art-intensive time for the 2019-2020 season on Cedar Key includes gallery exhibits, in addition to the workshops noted at the bottom of this article.
     In January, with an opening set for Jan. 4 from 5 to 7 p.m., in the Main Gallery, there is Tim Jaeger (Painting); and Dan and Denise Faires (Furniture) – Invitational Exhibit. In the Members Gallery at that time, there are Bill Young’s works (Pen and Ink, and Wood).

Cedar Key Art Center Worshop Schedule


South Levy County Christmas
celebration reflects
a cohesive community

South Levy County Christmas Celebration
Photo Provided

By Jeff M. Hardison © Dec. 23, 2019 at 10:09 a.m.
People who attended and participated in the Christmas Parade and After Party in Inglis and Yankeetown on Saturday (Dec. 21) reported the festive event was a resounding success.


South Levy County Christmas Celebration
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South Levy County Christmas Celebration
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     The people of southern Levy County appear to be making this event bigger each year.
     “The Christmas Parade was terrific!” one email transmitter noted.
     She said the parade units included “cool floats,” a marching band, Santa Claus, Super Heroes and other parade performers.
     As for the After Party, that email writer noted it was “sweeeeet!”
     Although some meteorologist caused concern to a degree, the parade and festival afterwards all escaped impact from rain, according to on-the-scene reports from that night.
     For those who may not have been able to attend the parade and see which marching band, it was the Chiefland High School Marching Band, parade watchers noted.
     As for which people and organizations made the parade and party a family-friendly success, people close to the scene in southern Levy County noted everyone who enjoyed the fun can thank the Town of Inglis, the Inglis Fire Rescue Department,  the Levy County Sheriff's Office, and the Town of Yankeetown for the providing the live bands, the, getting Santa and Mrs. Claus lined up for photos with the children, the portable toilets, as well as coordinating the food and drinks.
     Also in the list of those working as part of one team in this mission of fun and celebration are the Yankeetown bakers, who provided all the sweet treats for the after-party.
     Yankeetown Town Clerk-Treasurer-Administrator Sherri MacDonald is noted for her significant role in organizing, coordinating and making the After Party happen.
     Again, there are those bakers’ elves who made all of the sweet treats, who were thanked for their tireless effort as well.
     Going back to the parade, participants and onlookers are appreciated. A special thanks was noted by one email transmitter who noted her appreciation of "Line Up Queen" Diana Pearson and her parade partner Kat Atherley. 
     It appears that a significant portion of residents and visitors of and to southern Levy County assured that a good time was had by all.


Abominable Wins For Church
First UMC Chiefland float
The float-builders from First United Methodist Church of Chiefland (A Church Without Walls) won first place in the float contest of the Dec. 14 Christmas Parade in Chiefland. Abominable is a recently released movie for children.

First UMC Chiefland float
Not every unit from the parade could be captured on film and published in the recent coverage of the festival and parade by; however, thanks to Gerry Jesk and Marcia Pollock, the church’s many fantastic float-builders are recognized for their award-winning creation here and now.

Published Dec. 20, 2019 at 11:29 p.m.
Photos By Marcia Pollock


Florida Artists Group presents
‘Contradictions’ exhibition
at CF Jan. 8-March 12

Story and Art Provided
By CF Marketing, Public and Community Relations
Published Jan. 20, 2019 at 9:09 a.m.
     OCALA --
The College of Central Florida presents the “Contradictions” exhibition featuring the work of the Florida Artists Group beginning on Jan. 8 at the Webber Gallery, 3001 S.W. College Road.
     The public is invited to the opening reception on Thursday, Jan. 23, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The exhibit and reception are free to attend.


Art at the College of Central Florida
A Winter’s Circle, 2018
By Ginger Sheridan

Art at the College of Central Florida
A Summer Silence, 2019
By Ginger Sheridan

     The show is a visual response to a culture that is becoming increasingly fractious. The artworks, which are presented in pairs, set up internal dialogues between the two halves. But more significantly, visual discussions are created between artists across gallery walls comparing what are their deemed priorities. The goal is to present to the public a template for visual thinking, a way of moving forward. To embrace contradiction in a constructive manner through visual thinking can often slip the bounds of verbal constraints, grammatical restrictions, and lead to new interesting combinations and ultimately new ideas.
     The Florida Artists Group, a statewide artists organization, was founded in 1949 in the absence of solid cultural institutions. It continues its activities, holding multiple exhibitions across the state yearly. FLAG artists form the core of the show along with prominent Duval County artists who were individually invited. The goal was to create a group of artists with different backgrounds, ages and experiences.
     The exhibit will continue through Thursday, March 12. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday. The gallery is closed Friday through Sunday and college-observed holidays. For additional information, call 352-873-5809.


The art and history of Flamenco
come alive in new exhibition
at Appleton Museum of Art

Flamenco Ocala Florida
Unknown Artisan, “Mantón de Manila (Manila Shawl),” undated, silk, natural and synthetic dyes

Courtesy of the Museum of International Folk Art

Story and Photos Provided
By CF Marketing, Public and Community Relations
Published Dec. 13, 2019 at 1:29 p.m.
     OCALA --
The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, is scheduled to present the exhibition “Flamenco: From Spain to the U.S.,” from Jan. 25 to May 24.


Flamenco Ocala Florida
José Greco in his classic traje campero, ca. 1950s
Courtesy of the Ana Börger-Greco and the José Greco Foundation

Flamenco Ocala Florida
“Vicente and Maria” ca. 1970s
Courtesy of the Museum of International Folk Art 

     Passionate, fiery, sensual, intense. “Flamenco: From Spain to the U.S.” provides an in-depth and multi-dimensional examination of the history and culture of Flamenco dance and music.
     Exhibition curator Nicolasa Chávez from the Museum of International Folk Art writes, “Flamenco developed as a folkloric tradition in southern Spain, beginning nearly 500 years ago. Flamenco was learned within the family and passed down through generations. By the end of the 19th century, it had become an art form presented on stage at new venues called cafés cantantes, which first showcased Flamenco in small nightclubs in Spain. The audience was comprised of tourists looking for an exotic experience and local aficionados, seasoned appreciators of the art form.”
     The exhibition traces these origins to its arrival in the United States and its rise as an international art form. Traditional Flamenco continues as a way of life for the people of southern Spain and in other parts of the country, apart from the staged performance with which it is usually associated. In 2010, UNESCO declared Flamenco a Masterpiece of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
     Organized by the Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico and circulated through GuestCurator Traveling Exhibitions, the exhibition features close to 150 objects, dating from the late 19th century to the present, including costume, apparel and musical instruments. Other ephemera includes costume sketches and set designs by both Picasso and Goncharova, who collaborated on various pieces with the Ballets Russes.
     “Flamenco: From Spain to the U.S.” is sponsored in part by Fine Arts for Ocala, Florida Division of Cultural Affairs and Campus USA Credit Union.

Opening and Special Events

VIP Opening Reception, Talk and Flamenco Demonstration
     Friday, Jan. 24, 6-8 p.m.
-- Appleton Director’s Circle and FAFO Collector’s Circle members are invited for a reception celebrating the opening of “Flamenco: From Spain to the U.S.” with a talk by exhibition curator Nicolasa Chávez, accompanied by Flamenco demonstrations sponsored by The Wandering Soul. Talk begins at 7 p.m. RSVP required to Colleen Harper,, or 352-291-4455, ext. 1831.

Exhibition Talk and Flamenco Demonstration
     Saturday, Jan. 25, 11 a.m.
-- Exhibition curator Nicolasa Chávez will give a talk about the exhibition, accompanied by Flamenco demonstrations. Free for Appleton members; included with museum admission fee for nonmembers. This event is sponsored by The Wandering Soul.

Maharaja Flamenco Trio, Musical Performance
     Thursday, March 26, 6-8 p.m.
-- Join us for a performance by Maharaja Flamenco Trio, whose sound blends the flavors of Spain, Africa, the Middle East, the Caribbean and more. They have performed nationwide from Florida to Harlem, on NPR and on television, and now at the Appleton. $15 for Appleton members and nonmembers; tickets available now at via Eventbrite. Cash bar available. This event is sponsored by Angie Lewis State Farm and Fine Arts for Ocala.


‘At Home In The World:
Photographs By Billy Joe Hoyle’
At Appleton Museum Of Art
from Jan. 25 to June 21

Appleton Museum Ocala Florida
Billy Joe Hoyle, “Untitled, Calcutta, India 1999,” hand printed silver gelatin print, 16 x 20 in.

Courtesy of the artist

Story and Photos
Provided By  CF Marketing, Public and Community Relations
Published Dec. 18, 2019 at 7:29 a.m.
     OCALA --
The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, is scheduled to present the exhibition “At Home in the World: Photographs by Billy Joe Hoyle.,” Jan. 25-June 21, 2020.

Appleton Museum
Billy Joe Hoyle, “Siblings, Islamabad, Pakistan 2001,” hand printed silver gelatin print, 16 x 20 in.

Courtesy of the artist

Appleton Museum

Billy Joe Hoyle, “Triathletes, Clermont, Florida 2000,” hand printed silver gelatin print, 16 x 20 in.
Courtesy of the artist

      Photographer Billy Joe Hoyle has spent the last two decades traveling the world and documenting diverse customs, beliefs and lifestyles. Every country has its own identity and the collection of environmental portraits in “At Home in the World” explores these differences.
      Hoyle is a traditionalist who adheres to the philosophy that photographs are never altered or cropped. His "decisive moment" technique is evident in his photographs. In his typical street photographer style, Hoyle’s photographs are unexpected encounters that give an accurate and authentic look into the lives of his subjects.

Artist Talk
Thursday, Feb. 27, 2 p.m.
      Join us for a talk with photographer Billy Joe Hoyle and Appleton Curator of Exhibitions Patricia Tomlinson as they discuss the work in Hoyle’s solo exhibition “At Home in the World.” Free for Appleton members; included with museum admission fee for nonmembers.
      Owned and operated by 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


Appleton to celebrate
Florida’s Arbor Day with
presentation and tour on Jan. 30

Arbor Day in Ocala
Mario Nuzzi (Italian, 1603–1673), “Floral Still Life,” 17th century, oil on canvas, 27 by 36 inches

Gift of Arthur I. Appleton

Story and Photos Provided
By CF Marketing, Public and Community Relations
Published Jan. 20, 2019 at 8:19 a.m.
     OCALA --
The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, will hold its annual Arbor Day observance with a presentation and tour on Thursday, Jan. 30, at 11 a.m.

Arbor Day in Ocala
The College of Central Florida is recognized by the Tree Campus USA program.

     Arbor Day is a nationally-celebrated observance that promotes the benefits of trees in the urban environment and encourages tree planting and care. Most states observe Arbor Day on the last Friday in April, but some states differ to coincide with the best tree-planting weather — from January and February in the south, all the way to May in the far north. This year, Florida will celebrate Arbor Day on Jan. 17. 
Arbor Day Presentation and Tour
Thursday, Jan. 30, 11 a.m.
     From 11 a.m. to noon in the Appleton auditorium, Rachel Slocumb, City of Ocala Water Resources Conservation coordinator, will give a talk about the soon-to-open Ocala Wetland Recharge Park and how the existing oak hammocks have been influential to the park’s ecosystem. A docent-led tour of flora-themed works in the collection will be available after. Free for Appleton members; included with museum admission fee for nonmembers.
     This presentation is organized by Steve MacKenzie, professor of Environmental Sciences at the College of Central Florida. For the past nine years, the College of Central Florida has earned Tree Campus USA recognition for its dedication to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship. Tree Campus USA is a national program of the Arbor Day Foundation that honors colleges, universities and their leaders for promoting healthy management of their campus forests and for engaging the community in environmental stewardship.
     “The Arbor Day Foundation requires we have a tree-care plan,” MacKenzie said. “We also report on the service activities we do with trees to qualify as a tree campus.”
     Owned and operated by 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


Quilt On Display
Drawing Set For March
Cedar Key Woman's Club Quilt
This quilt created by the members of the Cedar Key Woman's Club is known as Kaleidoscope Dreams. It is being raffled to raise money for the Fisher House. The winning ticket is scheduled to be drawn in March of 2020. The ticketholder need not be present to win. This quilt is currently on display near the piano in the lobby of the Island Hotel and Restaurant, 373 Second St., in Cedar Key. That is a manatee behind the keyboard of the piano, and a poinsettia adorns the top of the musical instrument. As for the Fisher House, it is a beautiful ‘home away from home’ for families of United States military veterans and military servicemembers receiving care at the Malcom Randall VA (Veterans Administration) Medical Center in Gainesville. Raffle tickets are available at the Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center, at the Island Hotel, from members of the Cedar Key Woman's Club and elsewhere.

Photo By Jeff M. Hardison © Dec. 12, 2019 at 8:39 p.m.

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