Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
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October 22, 2017

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Meet the Folkers

Meet the Folkers

Brace yourself for good folk, good music, and good times. Being raised near Nashville ignited John French’s affinity for country music, a beloved genre in the city’s rich music scene. He began writing song lyrics at age 13 and became a self-taught guitar player at age 16. He later merged those two passions and began performing his unique brand of music that he refers to…
Dare, dream, dance

Dare, dream, dance

Local dancer Landi Hicks is heading to Manhattan for two years of intense training that could make her Broadway bound! Her dream was to be a Rockette, but she was caught short—by about 4 inches. Rockettes must be at least 5 feet 6 inches tall. However, that didn’t stop Landi Hicks from pursuing her dream of being a professional dancer. Now, she’s one step closer…
Raising the bar for sports fans

Raising the bar for sports fans

A wonderful season of football is on tap at various Lake and Sumter county sports bars. It’s the first day of the NFL season. Fans are lining up before the game so they can get inside and watch their beloved Pittsburgh Steelers. That may not sound too unusual, except that the Steelers are opening their season some 1,062 miles away in Cleveland. But a little…
Hamilton’s Philadelphia is hot! 

Hamilton’s Philadelphia is hot! 

‘Hamilton: An American Musical’ is coming to Florida in 2018, and tickets will be so hot you may have a better chance of learning about this controversial Founding Father on a walking tour of Philadelphia. Most people know Alexander Hamilton only as the Founding Father whose face is pictured on a $10 bill, but his contributions to the birth of our nation and to the…
The empire spikes back

The empire spikes back

Lake County has netted a prestigious volleyball tournament. Alisha Hoffman spent years with her head buried in the sand. The same can be said about her arms, legs, and feet. For her, sand offers a soft-landing pad for her favorite sport—beach volleyball. A lifelong resident of Lake County, Alisha was a star player on Stetson University’s beach volleyball team in 2012. She continues playing competitively…
Game Development Camp 

Game Development Camp 

Thanks to volunteers and library staff, students in Lake County are learning computer coding in elementary school, but the goal of these camps might surprise you. The library has always offered adventures and projects for kids. This summer, the Lady Lake Library is bumping things up a notch with a Computer Game Camp. “When John [Pearl] and Marsha [Brinson] first came up with this idea,…
A human touch for robots

A human touch for robots

Student Justin TenEyck is driven to succeed in technology. People aren’t robots. But, can robots be like people? Justin TenEyck would like to find out. The 18-year-old just graduated from Lake Minneola High School, where he was president of the Nerds of Prey robotics team. He plans to study computer engineering at the University of Central Florida and then start his own robotic technologies company,…
Unplugging in the Colorado Rockies

Unplugging in the Colorado Rockies

Taking a break from the digital world can be more difficult than we think, but a few days at a ‘wilderness retreat’ can be salve for the soul and a rediscovery of what’s really important. This story originally was to be a recount of a luxurious few days at The Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs, but something more valuable happened in Colorado: I rediscovered how…
It’s A Man’s World

It’s A Man’s World

Looking for a summer road trip that will appeal to your guy? The Booth Western Art Museum and Old Car City USA in north Georgia are the kinds of places where big boys can reminisce about their toys.  The last place I expected to find a world-class western art museum was Cartersville, Georgia, a small city about 45 miles north of Atlanta on Interstate 75.…
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