Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
4:35 pm
July 25, 2017

ON THE SCENE

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.…
It’s a rap

It’s a rap

Leesburg man works to make a name in the music industry. The obvious perks to being a musical star are fame and money. Demetrius Way, who is trying to make a name for himself on the rap circuit, would have no problem filling his pockets with Benjamins. However, he could do without the autograph hounds. “I prefer money. I’ll let everybody else enjoy the fame.…
Lights. Fireworks. Action.

Lights. Fireworks. Action.

Festivalgoers at Lake County’s Fourth of July celebrations are guaranteed to have a blast. Fourth of July has arrived. It’s a time to celebrate America’s independence, barbecue with family and friends, and watch a colorful array of fireworks sparkle in the night sky. Several towns in Lake County celebrate Fourth of July in grand style, making our hearts burst with patriotic pride. Each event is…
Romancing the coin

Romancing the coin

Military veteran and stay-at-home mom creates one-of-a-kind jewelry from quarters and pennies. Story: Theresa Campbell // Photos: Fred Lopez Tabitha Lauer remembers hearing stories from her late grandfather about trench art made by World War I and II soldiers passing the time while away from the front lines. Her grandfather served in Korea and talked about his uncles in the earlier wars. Tabitha was in…
The hills are alive with music, art, and literature

The hills are alive with music, art, and literature

Exploring the Berkshires In the Berkshires of Massachusetts, travelers can find picturesque towns and scenes straight out of a Rockwell painting. Story & Photos: Gary McKechnie There’s something homelike and comforting about the Berkshires of western Massachusetts. As you explore these hills, drive beside glistening lakes, and stroll through postcard-perfect villages, you may feel as if you’ve stepped into a Norman Rockwell canvas. In a…
Riding the Emerald Coast

Riding the Emerald Coast

Story & Photos: Gary McKechnie South Florida makes you assume every mile of oceanfront is cloaked behind a wall of condos, but the Emerald Coast changes the story. Nature seduces motorcyclists, and few Florida journeys are as seductive as a brief, but engaging, ride along the Gulf of Mexico between Pensacola and Apalachicola. From the Florida/Alabama border, the road east alternates between white sands and…
Art from the heart

Art from the heart

Story: Amanda Valderrama // Photo: Fred Lopez After an injury, local artist Carrie Knupp found a new way to express herself. When it comes to motivation, any artist can truly aspire to be like Carrie Knupp. Carrie suffered an injury in June 2015 on the night of the grand opening of her studio. She tripped while carrying dishes and severed an artery in her right…
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