Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
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March 29, 2017

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NEW ORLEANS: BEYOND BOURBON STREET

NEW ORLEANS: BEYOND BOURBON STREET

Story: Mary Ann DeSantis Photos: Tony & Mary Ann DeSantis When the sun rises in New Orleans, the Crescent City reveals quiet paths that many tourists don’t take time to explore. The Garden District, home to writers, musicians, and other celebrities, is a relaxing escape from the round-the-clock partying of the French Quarter. Some cities are legendary. New Orleans, Louisiana, is one of those places. People…
The “center” of attention

The “center” of attention

Tacko Fall is standing tall in the world of college basketball. Story: James Combs Opponents of the University of Central Florida men’s basketball team have a tall order. They must find a way to slow down Tacko Fall, the Knights’ 7-foot-6-inch center who is the tallest player in college basketball. So far, their efforts in stopping him have come up short. Fall, who played high…
Mount Dora Spring Fest and Show: It’s Art-rageous

Mount Dora Spring Fest and Show: It’s Art-rageous

One of Mount Dora’s most popular events is rebranded. Don’t miss the 2017 Mount Dora Spring Fest. Story: Theresa Campbell Tens of thousands of people are expected in downtown Mount Dora for the 20th year of the Mount Dora Spring Fest, an event where 300 crafters and artists from all over the country showcase an eclectic mix of superior handmade crafts. The event is March…
Leesburg’s Mardi Gras is 20!

Leesburg’s Mardi Gras is 20!

It has been 20 years of parties, parades, and purple as Leesburg marks this significant celebration of Mardi Gras. Leesburg’s family friendly event is a month fun and events leading up to “12 Hours of Madness” at the party in the street!  Story: Debbi Kiddy Joe Shipes, executive director of Leesburg Partnership says, “With this being our 20-year anniversary, you can bet we will pull…
History of Stripping

History of Stripping

If your idea of a “historian” is a rather bland, even boring personality, then you’ve never had the pleasure of reading the works of Allan Holtz of Tavares. Story: Debbi Kiddy Allan researches and writes about newspaper comics for his Stripper’s Guide blog, started in 2005. In addition to his many contributions to to the comic publication, “Hogan’s Alley”, he is the author of American Newspaper…
Ashland: the estate where a presidential loser won

Ashland: the estate where a presidential loser won

If you love history—especially when it comes to presidential politics—you should add the beautiful Ashland Estate to your travel itinerary. The Kentucky home of three-time presidential candidate Henry Clay is a place where visitors discover that losing wasn’t the end of his illustrious career.  Story:  Mary Ann Desantis   Much like Hillary Clinton retreated to her Dutch Colonial Style home in Chappaqua, New York, in…
Lakeridge: Top-of-the-vine entertainment

Lakeridge: Top-of-the-vine entertainment

Story: Debbi Kiddy In January, Lakeridge Winery presents one of the highlights of the year in this area—the Winter Music Series. Every Saturday this month, from 1-4 p.m., you can stroll through the rolling green hills of Clermont under a bright Florida sky and enjoy some of the many talented musicians from the area. It’s always a treat to see the fields of luscious red…
Local Talent: Apollo Electric

Local Talent: Apollo Electric

Story: Leigh Neely They are five guys who are full of energy and music. You can almost hear the notes swirling around them even though they have no instruments. Eddy Wiggins, Ryan Wilnau, Anthony Smith, Steve Wild, and John Carter are Apollo Electric, a local band that’s definitely making its mark. This group of musicians has been together for almost three years, but Ryan and Eddy…
FINDING PURA VIDA IN COSTA RICA

FINDING PURA VIDA IN COSTA RICA

STORY: MARY ANN DESANTIS PHOTOS: GERALD BAUM, MARY ANN DESANTIS, & COSTA RICA TOURISM BOARD Mother Nature smiled on Costa Rica, the Central American country where many Floridians are finding the call of the wild hard to resist. Lush, green rainforests, scenic ocean views, and unspoiled environments bring a new understanding to living a pure life. No alarm clocks were needed in Costa Rica; after…
Tampa Sparkles for Holidays

Tampa Sparkles for Holidays

STORY: Mary Ann DeSantis The visiting children and grandchildren may be somewhat bored with Mickey and friends when they visit. Forget the Turnpike and head south on I-75 to Tampa where the holiday lights illuminate fun for all ages. After the holiday gifts have been unwrapped and tummies are filled to capacity, you’ll probably ask your visiting friends and family what they would like to…
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