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Local Talent Profile

Local Talent: Talking heads

Local Talent: Talking heads

Ventriloquist Mike Palma brings audiences to life by bringing dummies to life. Ventriloquist and comedy magician Mike Palma got started with magic at a young age and has now been performing for more than 20 years. He got his first…
Local Talent: Passionate painter

Local Talent: Passionate painter

Florals, Florida waterways and mountains are favorites of artist Marjorie Dodrill.  The walls of artist Marjorie Dodrill’s Villages home resemble an art gallery, and it’s easy to be drawn to the intricate detail in her scenic paintings and the rich…
Local Talent: A taste of American folk music

Local Talent: A taste of American folk music

The Lake County Folk Festival moves through the city of Eustis with a local duo. The popular Lake County Folk Festival is coming in November to Eustis and features a local duo: Smithson and French. Singers and songwriters Paul Smithson…
Local Talent: Bringing history to life

Local Talent: Bringing history to life

Novelist Susan Carol McCarthy sets her fictional stories in historical Central Florida. Author Susan Carol McCarthy discussed the writing process during a recent visit to Lake County libraries. “I write, but more importantly, I read. If I had to choose…
Local Talent: Getting in tune

Local Talent: Getting in tune

The members of the Mount Dora Pipes and Drums bond over a Scottish tradition. Photos: Nicole Hamel Musicians don’t have to be Scottish to play the bagpipes but playing the bagpipes might make them feel a wee bit Scottish. Members…
Local Talent: Artwork in  the workplace

Local Talent: Artwork in the workplace

A Leesburg business gives local artists a unique venue. At many offices, employees are herded into gray, dreary cubicles where they dust off plastic plants and stare at drab walls. At Florida Plus Realty, however, the office is a vibrant…
Local Talent: Heading to the finish

Local Talent: Heading to the finish

Hatmaker Chris Treick keeps Derby fans in style. Chris Treick has never been to the Kentucky Derby, but she turns heads there every year. Chris is a milliner, a designer of women’s hats. It’s a bit of a lost art,…
Local Talent: Bring it home with Justin Heet

Local Talent: Bring it home with Justin Heet

Justin Heet is a musical tradition in Central Florida. Justin Heet performs at Leesburg Bikefest from 3:30-8pm Friday, April 26, at Towne Square Stage. As the band begins to play, the heavy bass of “Low Rider” is instantly recognizable. Drums…
Local Talent: She knows she can dance

Local Talent: She knows she can dance

Young performers are blossoming at instructor’s Groveland studio. By age 11, Jordan “JoJo” Hilgenberg already was involved in her future profession as she taught dance moves to tiny tots. Today, at 23, she instructs students ages 3-18 at JoJo’s Performing…
Local Talent: A shared vision

Local Talent: A shared vision

The Leggett brothers’ focus has always been on Leesburg. When Marty and Myron Leggett reminisce about growing up in Leesburg, the conversation bounces from their Cherry Street home (now a retention pond) to the best tackler in a game of…
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