Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
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March 29, 2017

Local Talent Profile

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…
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…
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…

Triumph and Tragedy on Denali

Story: Theresa Campbell PHOTO: FRED LOPEZ “We all have a story to tell, and this is mine,” Lake County Circuit Judge Larry Semento penned in “Tears in the Wind: Triumph and Tragedy on America’s Highest Peak,” where he reflects on the exhilarating joy of reaching the summit of the highest mountain in North America, followed by overwhelming grief when a group member fell off the…
LOCAL TALENT: The Case of The Mystery Writer

LOCAL TALENT: The Case of The Mystery Writer

Author Ray Moore is a dapper Englishman who loves living in The Villages and writing mysteries with a delightful twist. He taught English to Secondary School students for 38 years before retiring and moving to Florida. On his first day of retirement, his wife reminded him he’s always wanted to write but never had the time—now there was time. An ardent fan of Sherlock Holmes…
LOCAL TALENT: Kirk Thomas Simpson & Tatum Donovan

LOCAL TALENT: Kirk Thomas Simpson & Tatum Donovan

Photo: Fred Lopez The Historic State Theatre in Eustis keeps an eye on the future with their successful program, the Young People’s Theatre. The theatre was built in 1916. It’s home to the Bay Street Players, established in 1975 by a group of theatrical enthusiasts. One of their prized achievements is the Young People’s Theatre, which started in 1976 and is the longest continuous theater…
AMBER JESSEE: The Frau is in the Haus

AMBER JESSEE: The Frau is in the Haus

Moonlight Players Theater in Clermont is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Founded by Jan Sheldon, who is president emeritus, the theater has been a popular place ever since. Shows are sponsored by internationally known comic book artist George Perez, who performed in community theater productions in New York before moving to Florida. Future plans include increased seating as almost all shows are sold out…
Laney Clark and Mike Winternheimer: Stage Left, Don’t Miss Your Mark

Laney Clark and Mike Winternheimer: Stage Left, Don’t Miss Your Mark

photo: fred lopez Back in 1951, ladies of the Leesburg Junior Women’s Club decided it would be nice to have a community theater. Since Leesburg was considered the watermelon capital of Florida, the theater was aptly named The Melon Patch Theater, with performances in the Lee Elementary School auditorium. In 1955, the familiar building on 13th Street was built. The first play performed by Melon…
laurie sullivan: All her world’s a stage

laurie sullivan: All her world’s a stage

PHOTO: FRED LOPEZ This is the first in a series of articles featuring talent from local theaters. In the fall of 1948, a group of theater enthusiasts met to discuss starting a community theater. They found a former ice plant in Mount Dora that offered perfect acoustics, and The IceHouse Players had their first performance on Feb. 7, 1949, with “Return Engagement.” Thanks to land…
Jeffrey Ryerson: A Bit of Red, Yellow, and Faith Make Great Art

Jeffrey Ryerson: A Bit of Red, Yellow, and Faith Make Great Art

PHOTO: Fred Lopez Jeffrey Ryerson came to the expressive art he does now by way of biomedical illustration, which was his major at the University of Tennessee, the school of abstract expressionism and the premier school for theory. “My specialty was pseudostratified epithelial squamoses and viruses, a magnification of 600 times the actual size,” Ryerson says. “I studied all that and also did drawings of…
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