As always, I am excited to present to you this month’s issue of Style. Every month, we strive to highlight the people who make Lake and Sumter counties an awesome place to live, work, and play. However, every year when it comes time to do our Extraordinary People issue, I feel extraordinarily proud to have the opportunity to bring to you the stories of people within our community who are accomplishing amazing and fascinating feats.
In a world where so many people are content to live ordinary lives, it is exciting to know some people use their God-given talent to excel in life and accomplish all their goals. This year, we are bringing you a fascinating group of extraordinary people — from a world-record holder and civil-rights activist to an accomplished law enforcement officer and two high-achieving students.
And the extraordinary theme doesn’t stop there. In this month’s City Series, we visit the exceptional city of Eustis, which is known as “America’s Hometown.” This small, quiet town is filled with tons of rich history and many great entertainment options. And at its core is Eustis’ amazing dedication to the arts, whether it be fine arts, music, or theater.
Our final feature story is about an author whose extraordinary book is making headlines across the country. Best-selling, award-winning travel writer and speaker Gary McKechnie, who lives locally in Mount Dora, conducted an exclusive interview with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Gilbert King. King’s name may sound familiar because he just recently won the Pulitzer for his book Devil in the Grove, which chronicles an unforgivable act of racial injustice that occurred under the former sheriff of Lake County in the late 1940s. Few people realize that our county played an important role in the civil rights movement.
While I’m excited to bring you such an “extraordinary” issue this month, please remember that our October episode of “Style TV” will be equally extraordinary. Our special interview with country music legend John Anderson at the Cattle Baron’s Ball is sure to be a must-see, as well as all the behind-the-scenes action that took place at The Crooked Spoon Gastropub’s grand opening. So make sure to tune in.
I want to wish everyone a safe and happy Halloween and say thank you again for your unwavering support of Akers Media Group.
Until next month,