Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
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March 29, 2017

Features

The Legends of Lake & Sumter

The Legends of Lake & Sumter

The legends told in Lake and Sumter counties are stories of people who made their dreams reality, were visionaries who could build the future, and treasured the legacy enough for their children to continue it. People in the area care enough about history to preserve buildings, homes, and churches. This is the place where there is definitely more than one legend.  Story: Leigh Neely, James…
Plowing Through the History of Tractors

Plowing Through the History of Tractors

He bought a place and a few tractors for his grandchildren to enjoy. Today, it houses a museum, gift shop, and hosts a variety of entertaining events. Story: Chris Gerbasi // Photos: Fred Lopez Stew Paquette seems like an unlikely owner of a tractor museum. He didn’t grow up on a farm, never plowed a field or raised crops, and his distinctive New England accent…
One Shining Moment

One Shining Moment

The last-second buzzer beaters. The unbelievable upsets. Tears rolling down the cheeks of seniors playing their final collegiate game. Yes, drama will unfold this month on the basketball court as March Madness takes center stage. One Lake County resident remembers it all too well. He shares what it’s like to play in the NCAA Tournament and the Final Four.  Story: James Combs // Photos: Courtesy…
Million Dollar Realtors: Realtor of the Year

Million Dollar Realtors: Realtor of the Year

  Lena Williams followed Mom’s footsteps but took her own path to 2016 Realtor of the Year. Story: Leigh Neely   Lena Williams used to tell her mother, well-known Leesburg Realtor Theresa Morris, that she would never do real estate sales. However, as she grew older, she changed her mind, got her license in June 2000 at age 18, and has been selling houses ever…
A Parade of Beautiful Homes

A Parade of Beautiful Homes

Take a walk on the Street of Dreams to see the latest in home design and décor in Lake County. Story: Leigh Neely Browsing is often the most enjoyable part of a shopping trip. The 2017 Parade of Homes, running from Feb. 5 through March 5 at Harbor Hills in Lady Lake, gives you a chance to browse the beautiful new homes in this area.…
Reviving A Happy Home

Reviving A Happy Home

When a home becomes a family’s space in the universe, there’s really no reason to leave it—just make it better. Add the room needed for the new baby. Turn the married child’s room into a library. Update the foyer with a new light fixture. Find a new color to live in. Make it safer, stronger, more beautiful, but keep traveling the same road to home.…
NEW EVENTS: Let the good times row

NEW EVENTS: Let the good times row

Clermont is the site of the 2017 USA Canoe/Kayak Sprint National Championships for the first time. From Aug. 2-5 on Lake Minneola at Waterfront Park, the event is projected to attract more than 1,000 athletes, coaches, and spectators. “We are honored and thrilled to be the host city at the 2017 USA Kayak/Canoe Championships,” says Clermont City Manager Darren Gray. “We look forward to welcoming…
NEW ACTIVITIES: Lake Louisa State Park

NEW ACTIVITIES: Lake Louisa State Park

Arden Tilghman touts Clermont’s Lake Louisa State Park as an “incredibly untapped resource” for adventure as it’s filled with more than 20 miles of paved and unpaved trails, seven lakes, hiking, biking, horseback riding, guided eco-tours, fishing, wildlife viewing, camping, geocaching, and more. “Over the next 18 months, more will be added to that already robust list,” says Arden, managing partner and founder of P3 Lake Louisa,…
Freedom to Shop

Freedom to Shop

Early craftsmen-style architecture is in the works for Freedom Plaza, a multi-faceted development of stores, offices, and restaurants on 14 acres off State Road 44, east of County Road 301 in Wildwood, and adjacent to The Villages town square of Brownwood. “It’s going to be a gorgeous project,” says Manager John Toscanni of Preferred Realty Management, who notes Freedom Plaza is still in the planning…
Who’s New in Lake and Sumter County?

Who’s New in Lake and Sumter County?

Thais Haines and her husband Bob recently moved from the New Jersey shore to Mount Dora and are truly enjoying the area along with their beloved dog Bosco. “I never thought I would move to Florida, but I love the atmosphere of Mount Dora. I love the fact that it’s quiet yet the downtown is so nice and people are so friendly,” Thais says. “We’re…
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