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Mark Newhouse

Mark Newhouse

Story: Leigh Neely He began writing plays to find new ways to help his sixth-grade students remember what they were learning. Now he’s an award-winning children’s books author.   Vital Stats Lives in the Village of Virginia Trace Moved to The Villages in 2002 from Central Islip, Long Island, New York Previously taught sixth grade Married to Linda 35 years July 4th Has two sons…
KC Theatrical Productions showcases talent

KC Theatrical Productions showcases talent

Story: Theresa Campbell Joan Knapton, the producer behind KC Theatrical Productions, loves to bring top Broadway shows to the local stage, and she’s now preparing for the October production of Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein” in The Villages. KC is an acronym for Knapton and Company. “I always produce the shows or direct them and have somebody with me, another director or a very strong choreographer.…
‘Euphoria’

‘Euphoria’

By Lily King. A romantic and intelligent page-turner. Story: Diane Dean “Euphoria,” written by award-winning author Lily King, is a historical novel based on Margaret Mead’s experiences in the 1930s in New Guinea. The story revolves around Margaret’s anthropological study of the tribes there, but it also is a love story. The New York Times book review called it “a taut, witty, fiercely intelligent tale…
Sadie At Your Service

Sadie At Your Service

Villager Fred Martin travels through life with a constant companion, a beloved dog that turns heads and helps Fred keep his head together. Story: Chris Gerbasi // Photos: Fred Lopez A familiar sight to many Villagers is parked outside City Fire restaurant at Lake Sumter Landing. This crowd pleaser is perched comfortably on a Honda Gold Wing and dressed in motorcycle gear, complete with a leather…

Circling the Sun

By Paula McLain. Life in Africa for a bold woman who thrives on adventure, passion, and scandal Story: Diane Dean One of the 17 books author Paul McLain researched in order to write her bestseller, “Circling the Sun” was “West with the Night.” It’s the story of risk-taker, trailblazer, daredevil, and a self-destructive woman named Beryl Markham. She was the first licensed female horse trainer…
meet a villager: Michael  Mendoza

meet a villager: Michael Mendoza

Members of the Old Cowboy Movies Fan Club like nothing better than watching Roy or Gene ride off into the sunset. Story: Tom Kubala When did you become interested in westerns? When I was 7 years old, a neighbor took me to the movies to watch westerns while my mother was at work. I fell in love with the action of the films. I collected all…
THE TIME OF THEIR LIVES

THE TIME OF THEIR LIVES

Villages residents and organizers are staging the best and biggest recreational and entertainment events throughout 2017 Story: Chris Gerbasi  Photos: Provided The Villages’ on-the-go lifestyle virtually demands it. If there’s a day to celebrate, a competition to be waged, or a venue to be filled, Villagers and district staff will create an event for it and make it their own. The big, sprawling community holds…
If it’s fun, it’s done in The Villages!

If it’s fun, it’s done in The Villages!

Story and Photos: Pat Jocelyn If you have seen the Blue Collar Comedy Tour—popular in the early 2000s and starring Larry the Cable Guy, Bill Engvall and Jeff Foxworthy—you know the majority of their comedy routines were based on some exaggerated form of real-life experiences. They were successful because everyone in the audience could relate to their jokes. Overbearing mothers-in-law, embarrassing bodily function mishaps, and…
A Villages Legend: Pete Wahl

A Villages Legend: Pete Wahl

Once it was fields of watermelons and other crops. Now it is a place called “Florida’s Friendliest Hometown,” and Pete Wahl watched it grow. Story: Chris Gerbasi // Photo: Fred Lopez In early 1995 in The Villages, most of the land west of Morse Boulevard was vacant, County Road 466 was just two lanes, and Lake Sumter Landing wasn’t on the map. Pete Wahl, who…
Painting the town red

Painting the town red

They’re legendary. They’ve been around The Villages for almost 20 years, and they’re easily recognizable. They’re the members of the Red Hat Society. Story: Leigh Neely Jenny Joseph is a poet who wrote a warning to her family and friends that when she was an old woman, she would wear a red hat and a purple dress that didn’t match. She had no idea that…
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