Monthly Archives: April 2015

2015 Parade of Homes winners

The Home Builders Association of Lake-Sumter is proud to announce the winners of the 2015 Parade of Homes. Dream Home Custom Home in Squirrel Point, Tavares. Built by Kevco Builders. Community Harbor Hills Country Club, Lady Lake. Realtor Awards North Region winner: “The Southern Rustic” by Lee Woods. Construction South Region winner: “The Vincenza II” by Pathfinder Development. Central Lake Region winner: “The Benner Custom”…
OUT+ABOUT: Child-Friendly Key West

OUT+ABOUT: Child-Friendly Key West

PHOTOS: Tony and Mary Ann DeSantis Key West has often been described as a party-hard city with an anything goes attitude. While that may be the case at certain times of the year, most of the time it’s a family friendly destination with Florida history you shouldn’t miss. For those who think Key West is full of pirate wannabes, Jimmy Buffett clones, and eccentric characters,…
LOCAL TALENT PROFILE: From Russia (and Cuba) with love

LOCAL TALENT PROFILE: From Russia (and Cuba) with love

STORY: Jane Fuentes  PHOTO: Provided   Janet Harris’ musical tastes have always been a tad more sophisticated than mainstream America’s. In 1986, while her classmates were walking like Egyptians and singing along with Whitney Houston, Janet was in Russia experiencing Perestroika. “Perestroika was a political movement for reformation,” explains Harris, who was a bassoon player in a Texas high school band that traveled to the…

Cooking up a win

Mount Dora’s own KaDee Kay Gourmet Kitchen Products recently snagged the Critic’s Choice Award for Best Gourmet Store during the 17th annual Orlando Sentinel Foodie Awards. “We are so thankful to our wonderful customers, those who have been a part of our growth in historic downtown Mount Dora, Florida, those who keep coming back to see what we’ve got new and exciting in the store…

Save The Date

Lake-Sumter State College Foundation is hosting its 30th annual Gala Auction on April 18 at Savannah Center in The Villages. The “Once Upon a Time” experience begins at 6p.m. with a cocktail reception and silent auction. Guests will then be ushered into the ballroom, where they will be transported to a storybook fairytale and enjoy an elegant gourmet dinner and live auction. “This year’s goal…

Students celebrate Stem Bowl successes

After three days of calculating, measuring, estimating and building, nine teams from elementary schools across the county celebrated victory in Lake County’s fifth annual STEM Bowl. The academic competition brought together about 330 students to test their knowledge of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Students were given a series of questions and hands-on tasks to complete as a team and they were scored based…
SOCIAL SPOTLIGHT: BraVado!

SOCIAL SPOTLIGHT: BraVado!

STORY: James Combs  PHOTOS: Susan Schommer Colorful brassieres used to raise much-needed funds for local cancer patients. How fitting! Bras were made to lift, but can be uplifting with an artist’s touch. There will be plenty of laughter and smiles at the Bras for the Cause and Boxers Too fundraiser on April 25th at the Clermont Community Center. All proceeds go to the Greater Clermont…
SALUTÈ: “Zin”fully good with barbecue

SALUTÈ: “Zin”fully good with barbecue

Want barbecue flavors to really explode? Pair your saucy dish with one of these fruit forward wines for turbocharged taste. A few years ago in Saluté, I wrote about how a spicy zinfandel was THE wine to pair with barbecue dishes. Zinfandel — with its deep fruit and bold spice flavors — is a complex wine that is not overpowered by rich, flavorful barbecue sauces…
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