Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
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Thursday, December 3, 2020

FROM THE PUBLISHER: Excitement on the horizon

cover_Style_0913This past month was very exciting and interesting for Akers Media. We had a lot going on within the company. After 10 years of publishing, Style received a complete makeover and now has a new look from cover to cover. We also released our very first reader survey with the “Hot List,” launched “Style TV,” and attended the Florida Magazine Association publishing conference and received 11 awards for publishing excellence.

Now moving on to September, it doesn’t seem the excitement is subsiding just yet. As you can see on the cover, Style had the amazing opportunity to interview country music star John Anderson. I grew up listening to some of his biggest hits, such as “Swingin’,” “Seminole Wind,” and “Straight Tequila Night.”

John Anderson will be coming to Lake County on Sept. 21 to perform at the American Cancer Society’s Cattle Baron’s Ball. Our “Style TV” team will have the honor of going backstage and meeting Mr. Anderson for a second interview to be aired in the October episode of “Style TV.” Needless to say, we are very thrilled.

But the excitement doesn’t end there. As most of you know, Tavares made national news with the explosion at the Blue Rhino gas plant in July. As it happened, writer and editor Mary Ann DeSantis was deep into her research for the City Series article about Tavares. Therefore, we have the latest up-to-date information on the explosion and tons of information about Tavares, how it received its identity as “America’s Seaplane City,” and much more.

Our magazine team also traveled to Umatilla for a look behind the scenes at the very popular Quarterdeck restaurant. This restaurant is a local favorite and very possibly one of Lake County’s best-kept secrets. You can learn how the restaurant’s owner Glen Key has made this small, off-the-beaten-path restaurant a true staple within its community.

Speaking of delicious food, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that we also visited one of our “Hot List” winners: Vic’s Embers Supper Club. We went “in the kitchen” with owner Vic Donahey for a demonstration on how to prepare an award-winning and mouth-watering steak.

Style has a lot going on. There is lots of excitement within this month’s pages, and we also will be bringing them to life in the September episode of “Style TV.” As always, we hope we’re keeping you entertained and informed while enjoying your experience with Style.

Until next month,


1 comment


    I have been following your magazine for years now and I want to thank you for covering Lake and Sumter so well. I know you are always looking for different people to showcase in your magazine. I would like to recommend Shirley Bradner of Mount Dora. Shirley along with her husband Joe ran Lake County Motors for over thirty years. Shirley has become a southern gospel singer and has recorded several albums. She has been voted the top solo singer in the state of Florida for the last three years. Her and Joe have a prison ministry at the Lowell Correction Prison for women. Shirley performs all over Florida, Georgia and Virginia.

    Each year for the last nine years they have put together a Southern Gospel Show to raise money for Hospice. Shirley along with all of the groups perform free of charge with all of the donations go to Hospice. This year they are set for their 10th year on February 15, 2014 at the United Methodist Church in Tavares.

    I can not think of a more deserving person to highlight and to cover the concert of February 15 with someone from your magazine. Her web site is and her phone number is 352-406-7516.

    If you need any more information from me please let me know. they do such great work each year raising money for Hospice, I think to highlight them would be good for your magazine and good for raising interest in their concert on the 15th.

    Thank you for considering Shirley.

    Eddie Barks

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