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Trenton shuts out Williston 34-0
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Trenton runner Dylan James finds running room as he heads downfield.

By Terry Witt, HardisonInk.com Correspondent
© Oct. 19, 2019 at 4:09p.m.
     TRENTON --
The Trenton Middle High School Tigers Varsity Football Team routed the Williston Middle School Red Devils 34-0 Friday night (Oct. 18) on a slippery, rain-soaked field that provided treacherous footing for the athletes.
     Rain poured down on the fans wrapped in rain coats or seated under umbrellas for the entire game. The cloudburst at game’s end was a fitting conclusion for a night of thoroughly miserable weather.
     The weather was so wet that notepad paper used by this reporter tore off and dropped on the turf on its own, and the recorder used for the interview with Trenton Coach Bill Wiles was ruined by water. The recording was lost.
     It was that kind of night.
     Wiles expressed pride in his team and felt they played well in the extremely wet conditions. He said their game plan was to handle the ball in a way that avoided costly fumbles.
     Both teams had fumbles, but Trenton’s were fewer in number and less costly.
     Trenton, 5-3, faces Walton High School (Walton County {Defuniak Springs}) Friday in Trenton.
     Williston, 1-7, takes on P.K. Yonge in Williston Friday.

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Tiger Tyrese Jackson (6) follows his lead blocker Brian Karanja around left end.

     The first Trenton score came with 8:59 left in the second quarter when quarterback Tyler Perry connected with Tyrese Jackson on a - yard touchdown pass. Preston Blankenship kicked the extra point.

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Trenton’s Caleb Morgan follows his blockers into the heart of the Williston defense.


     The Tigers scored again at the 6:23 mark in the second quarter when Perry connected with Caleb Morgan on a 10-yard touchdown pass. Blankenship kicked the extra point.
     Trenton continued its relentless march to the end zone in the fourth quarter when Perry ran for a 2-yard touchdown with 10:21 left in the game. Williston’s Shawn Perkins blocked the extra point.
     Midway through the final quarter, Perry kicked a punt to the 4-yard line of Williston.

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D-Williston quarterback Chris Jinorio looks for his downfield receiver.

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Red Devil Jacurtis Pitts lowers his head and shoulders to punch into the Tiger line with a defender hanging wrapped around his legs.

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Williston's Shawn Perkins had several big runs including this one for a first down.


     A pack of Trenton defenders converged on quarterback Chris Jinorio and nearly pinned him back in the end zone before Jinorio threw away the ball. He was flagged for intentional grounding. The ball was placed on the 2-yard line.
     With Williston pinned against its goal line, the Red Devils fumbled the ball on the next play and Trenton’s William Braswell recovered in the end zone for a touchdown. Blankenship kicked the extra point.
     Trenton and Williston exchanged fumbles in the last four minutes of the game. Williston fumbled first with Trenton recovering at the Williston 27, and Trenton returned the favor, fumbling on the Williston 18.
     But Williston fumbled again and the Tigers recovered at the Williston 36, setting up the final touchdown, a punishing 10-yard run by KJ Williams. He powered through tackles and launched himself over the endzone marker with Williston defenders wrapped around him for the score. Blankenship kicked the extra point.
     The game was hard-hitting. Williston and Trenton tackled with great force. Neither team cut the other players any slack. A number of players limped off the field as the hitting grew fierce in the second half.
     But the Red Devils were unable to launch sustained offensive drives and they couldn’t stop Trenton’s ground and air assault.

 


Gilchrist Rotary Poker Paddle
is a huge success

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Seen here (from left) are Grand Prize winner John Frazier, Rotary President Bob Clemons and Trenton High School Interact student Nolan Frazier.


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By Holly Creel, Rotarian
Published Oct. 15, 2019 at 10:09 a.m.
     GILCHRIST COUNTY --
The Gilchrist County Rotary Club’s 3rd Annual Poker Paddle was a tremendous success, and it was so much fun!
 

 

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Student prize winner Melonie Piechocki from Bell High School Interact Club is seen here with her prizes.

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Gilchrist County Rotarian and Event Chairwoman Jo Buckles draws a poker card on the Santa Fe River.


     Forty-five paddlers paddled the six-mile run down the Ichetucknee River and Santa Fe River early on Saturday morning. Before the event started the crowd joined in reciting the Rotary Four Way Test.
     We were then led in prayer by Rotary President Bob Clemons, the Pledge of Allegiance by Rotarian Rick Washburn and Rotarian Michael McElroy led us in singing the Battle Hymn of the Republic. What a glorious way to start our day!
     It was a spectacular day, too, as the water of both rivers was low and clear. The air was fresh and brisk, and the participants enjoyed the gorgeous scenery along the way.
     This fundraiser is dedicated to raising money for our Interact Service Clubs at Bell High School and Trenton High School. Students, teachers and Rotarians in light blue Interact shirts looked quite colorful on the water.
     Paddlers in single and tandem kayaks and canoes stopped along the river at four pontoon boats staffed by Rotarians. The anchored boats provided bottled water and a spot for the paddlers to draw their playing cards. The last card, aptly known as the River Card, was drawn at the take-out point on the Santa Fe River.
     We then enjoyed a barbeque sandwich lunch while raffle tickets were drawn for some really fun prizes. Kimberly Lakner hand-made a beautiful quilt and pillows of the theme “Winter Wolves” that was auctioned to the highest bidder, Ken Creel.
     The grand prize for the event was a bright orange sit-in kayak and paddle. It was won by Rotarian John Frazier who collected the winning poker hand. John also won a year-long annual pass for free transportation from Anderson Outdoor Adventures. It was a great day for the Frazier family as John and his son Nolan, a Trenton High School Interact Student, also won the 50-50 draw. And, although the event was not a race, Nolan was quite the energetic paddler as he was the first one to finish the run.
     The student prize was won by Bell High School Interact Student Melonie Piechocki. Melonie won a Bluetooth speaker with a lantern, and an emergency first aid kit. Melonie is totally prepared for her next outdoor adventure!
     Interact teacher sponsors Taven Bennett from THS and Ashley Johnson from BHS spoke to the crowd about their plans for this year with their Interactors. We look forward to a productive and fun year with these young service-minded leaders. Their next event will be assisting with the Purple Pinkie for Polio fundraising event in the Gilchrist public elementary schools later this month.
     We are so proud of our Interact students!
     Poker Paddle Chairwoman Jo Buckles gave thanks to all of our sponsors and all those who participated and volunteered to make this such a successful event. Thanks goes to Camping World in Lake City, along with Ellie Ray's RV Resort for providing our venue and lunches, and to Anderson Outdoor Adventures for providing our kayaks and transportation to the launch site.

 


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By Myrtice Scabarozi
Published Oct. 14, 2019 at 11:09 a.m.
     LEVY COUNTY –
The Log Cabin Quilters met Thursday (Oct. 10) at the Levy County Quilt Museum -- 11050 N.W. 10th Ave. (near Levyville, kind of on the way to Judson on Levy County Road 134 from U.S. Alt. 27).
     Connie from Bronson joined us for lunch. We hope she will be back with us again. Everyone was busy working on their own projects. Believe it or not, you can have seven or eight ladies together, and they all are quiet while they are working on their projects. Now, at lunchtime, that’s not true. Thursday’s are all about friendship and being a part of the community.
     We received several donations this week, including several scrappy quilt tops. Thank all of you for thinking of us. The donations help us keep the doors open.
     It’s so nice to have cooler weather. We can sit on the porch again. Come out and visit for a while.

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Linda's been busy making placemats.

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We're still going through the panels we've gotten in.


Trenton defeats
intra-county rival Bell 50-24

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Trenton quarterback Tyler Perry breaks free for an 85-yard touchdown run on Trenton's opening drive.

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By Terry Witt, HardisonInk.com Correspondent
© Oct. 12, 2019 at 9:09 a.m.
     BELL --
The Trenton Middle High School Tigers Varsity Football Team used a physically dominant run game to defeat the Bell Middle High School Bulldogs 50-24 Friday (Oct. 11) in the annual cross-county rivalry game.
     The visiting Trenton Tigers took a 34-8 lead into the half and gave some ground in the third quarter to a scrappy Bell team, but the Tigers used a combination of power and speed on the ground and a stingy defense to keep Bell at bay.
     “We played really, really hard in the first half and we played really well,” Trenton Head Varsity Football Coach Bill Wiles said. “We came out of the game real good. The second half they got some penalties. That one drive I think we gained 140 yards to score, right, but I’m proud of them. They came back this week and played really well.”
     Coach Wiles said he sent some of the players off his bench into the game in the third quarter and things got a little sloppy. He had to bring the starters back into the lineup to regain control.
     He said he thinks his team just wanted to come to Bell and play well. He congratulated his Tigers for playing a good game, but reminded them in the post-game huddle, “There’s always getting better.”
     Wiles said he has a great deal of respect for Bell Head Varsity Football Coach Joey Whittington and what he has done with the program, but he said the Tigers were the best team in this game.
     “Sometimes you’re just better than people. Joey does a great job. We got a few more players, but I think our kids played good. I’m not trying to take anything away from that. My hat’s off to Joey. I have all the respect in the world for him,” Wiles said.
     Trenton’s well-executed run game was the difference in the score, Whittington said
     “They came out and physically dominated us tonight,” Coach Whittington said. "Coach Wiles does a great job with their run game. They shoved it down our throats all night. They hit a few passes here and there when they needed to, but they were just physically dominant.”
     Whittington said his team performed a little better in the second half. He said his Bulldogs hit the holes better and the blocking improved, “but it was a little too late.”
     “We are able to get a couple of scores, but clearly when it’s 50-24, it’s not enough,” he said.
     Trenton served notice early that it had the power to strike hard and fast with its run game.
     After stopping Bell’s opening drive, Trenton took over at its own 15 and scored on an 85-yard run by quarterback Tyler Perry. Brian Kananja ran for Trenton's two-point conversion.
     The Tigers scored again midway through the first quarter when Perry ran 11 yards for his second score of the night. He threw a pass to Tyrese Jackson for the two-point conversion. Trenton led 16-0 with 4:07 left in the quarter.
     Bell failed to convert on fourth down on its next drive and the Tigers took over on downs. Trenton drove 60 yards to score on a Caleb Morgan run from three yards out. Perry threw a pass to Jackson for the two-point conversion, giving Trenton a 24-0 lead with 8:06 left in the second quarter.
     The Bulldogs’ next possession ended on the opening play with an interception by Trenton’s Jamari Chism.
     The Tigers drove from their own 49-yard line to score on a 5-yard run by Dylan James. The extra point was good. Trenton led 31-0 with 5:04 left in the half.

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Jamari Chism (2) makes a sharp cut as he heads down field for big yardage in the fourth quarter.

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Tiger runner Dylan James (5) follows blocker Caleb Morgan on a first down run in the second half.

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Bulldog linebacker Garrett Brooker (30) smashes into Trenton quarterback Tyler Perry (1) for the stop.



     Bell’s offense came alive on its next possession. The Bulldogs drove from their own 30-yard line to within inches of Trenton’s goal line before Bulldogs quarterback Caden Hastings blasted through the line for a touchdown. Running back Jonathon Neudert lowered his helmet and shoulder pads to punch through the left side of Trenton’s defense for the two-point conversion with 46 seconds left in the half.

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Bell's Caleb Hastings (21) uses his speed to advance the ball to the goal line. The run set up a touchdown.

     The score was 31-8 going into the third quarter.
     The quarter began with a hard-fought effort by Bell to put an end to Trenton’s dominant run game, but the Tigers were equally determined not take their foot off the accelerator.
     Trenton took 9 minutes off the clock and walked backward seven times after being flagged for motion and delay penalties, but finally scored on a 1-yard plunge by Morgan. The Tigers faked an extra point attempt, but the deception was diagnosed by the Bell defense and failed. The score was 37-8 with 3:32 left in the third quarter.
     The Bulldogs weren’t finished. They drove from their own 40 on the next Bell possession and scored on a 2-yard run by Joey Pinna. Branden Wallace ran for the two-point conversion, making the score 37-16 with 37 seconds left in the third quarter.

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E- Joey Pinna (6) follows his blockers into the end zone for a Bell touchdown.

     But Trenton wasn’t finished scoring either. An onside kick by the Bulldogs was recovered by Trenton at the Tiger 34. Trenton drove quickly down field to score a 25-yard touchdown run by Perry. The extra point attempted failed, leaving the score 43-14.
     Trenton wrapped up its scoring midway through the fourth quarter after taking over on downs from Bell. On the first play from scrimmage, Perry scored on a 75-yard run. The extra point was good. Trenton led 50-16.
     Bell refused to quit. On its next possession, the Bulldogs drove quickly from their own 41 to score on a 5-yard run by Pinna. Wallace ran for the two-point conversion.
      Trenton was threatening to score again on its final possession when time ran out.

 


Trunk-or-Treat
slated for Cross City;

Bike and cash prizes in costume contest
By Bailee Osteen © Oct. 6, 2019 at 4:09 p.m.
University of Florida Student Journalist
     DIXIE COUNTY –
The City of Cross City has decided to do a “Trunk-or-Treat” this Halloween in lieu of traditional door-to-door trick or treating.
     The event will be on Halloween, Thursday, Oct. 31 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. It will take place in a field located at 3 S.E. 12th Ave. in Cross City.
     This is the first year the county seat for Dixie County has opted out of door-to-door trick or treating. Cross City Vice Mayor Jovonte’ Teague said the City Council decided to do this because of the lack of participation in the community for trick or treating.
     “People just weren’t giving out enough candy,” Teague said.
     He added that some residents were taking their children to other counties for Halloween because of this.
     To combat the community’s problem, Teague suggested the trunk-or-treat. The city agreed to endorse it. Then Teague teamed up with Lana Dickert and Lucas Rollison to put the event together.
     The “Trunk-or-Treat” will include a haunted hayride and fireworks show at dark, as well as free hotdogs, cotton candy, popcorn and candy. There will be a costume contest starting at 6 p.m. The youth division winner will receive a new bike. The teenage division winner will receive $50 and the adult division winner will receive $100.
     A pumpkin-carving contest will be taking place. Participants must bring their own pumpkin pre-carved to the “Trunk-or-Treat” by 8 p.m.
     There will be two youth divisions, split by age: 8 and younger, and 9 to 12 years old. The youth division winners will receive a new bike. The teenage division includes those participants aged 13 to 17 years old, and the winner will receive $50. The adult division is for 18 and up, the winner will receive $100.
     Cross City resident Kristen McIntosh, 33, has a 3-year-old and an 8-year-old child, she plans to take them to the event. She recalled having some great memories from her childhood of going door-to-door trick or treating. All of the houses were decorated, passed out candy, and seemed genuinely happy to see the children in costume, she said.
     “It’s definitely not the same feel as it was when I was a kid. I think the ‘Trunk-or-Treat’ is a good alternative so that those who want to participate can,” McIntosh said. “Maybe some of the strain will be taken off the neighborhood that must be overwhelmed by always having kids come each year.  It also gives some of those a chance to hand out candy who don’t have kids that come to their house because they don’t live directly in town.
     “I hate that my kids won’t get to experience that traditional door-to-door experience,” McIntosh continued, “but I’m glad they will get a positive alternative in a safe and controlled environment that still allows them to dress up, see their friends, and have fun.”
     The county has received mostly positive feedback in their decision to hold the “Trunk-or-Treat.” One Facebook user wrote “I think this is a no-brainer. Times are changing and so is the way we do things. There are so many reasons why this is a good idea.” “First of many is the safety of the kids.”
     People who would like to decorate their vehicles and pass out candy can find more information on the event’s Facebook page “Trunk-or-Treat Cross City.”
     It is still seeking donors or sponsors, those interested can contact Jovonte’ Teague at 352-440-1390.
     Teague explained the city is not cancelling Halloween. Rather, it is offering something different and as a safe alternative. If people would like to sit at home and pass out candy, they still can. The goal is to give the community “a fun and safe event for all.”

 


Free piano and vocal
fall student recitals
at CF on Nov. 4 & 6

By CF Marketing, Public and Community Relations
Published Oct. 12, 2019 at 3:09 p.m.
     OCALA —
The College of Central Florida’s Visual and Performing Arts Department are scheduled to present an Instrumental Recital on Monday, Nov. 4, at 12:30 p.m. and a Piano and Vocal Recital on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 12:30 p.m. in the Charles R. Dassance Fine Arts Center at the Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road.
     These recitals will feature piano, vocal and instrumental performances by students who are currently enrolled in CF music classes. Students will perform musical selections ranging from popular to classical to secular.
      “CF music students work hard all semester to meet specific performance benchmarks for their level, and performing in front of an audience is a valuable educational experience for them,” said Dr. Allan Danuff, associate vice president of Arts and Sciences. “I hope members of the community can join us in celebrating what they have achieved.”
      The doors open to the public approximately 15 minutes before each performance. Call the CF Box Office at 352-873-5810 for more information. Admission is free and no tickets are required.

 


Cedar Key Arts Center
sets 2019-2020 schedule;

CKAS shows new logo
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This artists' rendering shows the outer view of the Cedar Key Arts Center.

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By Jeff M. Hardison © Sept. 28, 2019 at 9:09 a.m.
     CEDAR KEY --
The Cedar Key Arts Center has finalized most of its schedule for next year and has a new logo.

 


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     CKAC President Bev Ringberg said schedule updates are available at its website http://www.cedarkeyartscenter.org/.
     "With the understanding that creativity is inherent and vital to the development of humanity, our purpose is to nurture and encourage the arts," the CKAC notes as its mission statement.
     Located at 457 Second St. (upstairs above the Cedar Keyhole Artist Co-op), the Cedar Key Arts Center noted its aims are to:
     • Promote and encourage the arts in our community;
     • Provide, administer and coordinate facilities for the arts; and
     • Promote and provide educational programs in the arts.
     The tax-exempt Cedar Key Arts Center Inc. was founded in 1994, thanks to the creativity, generosity and vision of Catherine Graham Christie
     Christie, a retired Canadian art teacher and multi-talented artist, co-founded the Cedar Key Artist Co-op in 1977 to provide an outlet for creative people in Cedar Key. This cooperative added to the ambiance of historic downtown Cedar Key, making it gain strength from the late 1970s through today as one of Florida's island communities that helps support the fine arts.
     This most art-intensive time for the 2019-2020 season on Cedar Key includes five gallery exhibits.
     In November and December, the Cedar Key Arts Venter is having its 25th Anniversary Exhibit with an opening on Nov. 16 from 5 to 7 p.m.
     In January, with an opening set for Jan. 4 from 5 to 7 p.m., in the Main Gallery, there is Tim Jaeger (Painting); and Dan and Denise Faires (Furniture) – Invitational Exhibit. In the Members Gallery at that time, there are Bill Young’s works (Pen and Ink, and Wood).
     In February, with opening slated for Feb. 1 from 5 to 7 p.m., in the Main Gallery, there is an Open Community Exhibit scheduled with the Theme - In Love with Cedar Key. Entries for this exhibit are due by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 29. Meanwhile, simultaneously in the Members Gallery, the works of Donna and Jan Bushnell (Jewelry); and Sherry Sicking (Painting) are scheduled to be on display.
     In March, with an opening set for March 7 from 5 to 7 p.m., in the Main Gallery, there are works by Marty Howbert (Metal) and Gerald Horn (Abstract Painting) – Invitational Exhibit. In the Members Gallery at that time, the works of Linda Wilinski (Photography) are scheduled to be seen.
     In April, as the 2019-2020 wraps up in the galleries, with an opening scheduled for April 11 from 5 to 7 p.m., in the Main Gallery, there is the Quilt Art Exhibit – Invitational Curated Show; and in in the Members Gallery at that time, it is the Cedar Key School Fabric Art Exhibit on the agenda for display.

WORKSHOPS
     The 2019-2020 Workshop Schedule, as of Sept. 7, shows opportunities for people to learn something new, sharpen their skills and have fun with art.
     Workshops are planned to be in the CKAC in October, November, December, January, February, March – and one workshop of Sewing Help with Bunny Hand slated for April 6.
     Given the extensive set of workshops over the six-month high season of CKAC Workshops, only the November set is shown in this article. Given that all goes as hoped, the workshops for the subsequent months will be published in HardisonInk.com as well.
     For any workshop, participants are requested to register at Cedar Keyhole (457 Second St., or call 352-543-5801) or register with the artist directly.
     When registering, participants are asked to please be sure to include their full name, email address and phone number so that the CKAC can let them know if anything changes. Participants will notice two different fee schedules. CKAC members enjoy a discount.
     ● Nov. 4, Monday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. - Sewing Help with Bunny Hand. Sewing Help. Sometimes you have a project you need a little assistance to complete or get started. We can help! $15/session ($20 non-members). Register at the Keyhole or with Bunny directly at mermaidsongquilts@gmail.com.
     ● Nov. 7 and 9, Thursday and Saturday -- Introduction to Screen Printing with Esta Johnston. Students will create Christmas cards or simple designs and screen-print them. You may bring your own designs. On the second day, students will print in pairs. Cost is $45 ($50 non-members), plus $10 for supplies. Maximum of 10 students, minimum of 6 students. Deadline is one week before class. Register at Keyhole or email instructor at Msesta58@gmail.com.
     ● Nov. 11, 18 and 25, Mondays from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. -- Wanda’s Nautilus with Bunny Hand. Hand piecing, hand applique and freezer paper template piecing are some of the techniques used in this very rewarding wall hanging. $50 includes all 3 sessions ($55 non-members). Register at the Keyhole or with Bunny directly at mermaidsongquilts@gmail.com.
     ● Nov. 19, Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. -- Swarvoski Crystal Beaded Bracelet with Joni Sielaff. Make a Swarvoski crystal bracelet using crystals, seed beads and a magnetic clasp. $20 ($25 non-members). Supply fee is $15. Register at the Keyhole or contact Joni directly at jomi74@aol.com. Max 5. Deadline for registration is one week before the class.
     ● Nov 21, Thursday, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wine and Candlelight Paint Party with Sandy Lindhout. Make your own 8-inch beeswax taper candles. Make 2 pair and receive boxes that can be adorned for holiday gifts. $20 ($25 non-members). Light refreshments served by the committee. Deadline is one week before class. Register at the Keyhole or with instructor at beeswax62@outlook.com. Maximum is 12 students. Minimum is six students.
     ● Nov. 22, 23 and 24, and Nov. 29, 30 and Dec. 1 (those Fridays through Sundays), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Use the Arts Center Studio space to start or finish up your art projects. The studio will be open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and your work can stay overnight. But be sure to clean up by 5 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. If you are planning a group activity, please contact Marie Lewis to clarify details at MLewis700@gmail.com.
     For more information about workshops, contact the instructor for workshop details or send an email to CedarKeyArtsCenter@gmail.com to find answers for for general questions.

 

 


Impressionist paintings from
both sides of the Atlantic
highlighted in new exhibition
at Appleton Museum of Art

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John Singer Sargent (American, 1856-1925), “Man Reading (Nicola d’Inverno),” c. 1904-1908, oil on canvas, Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania.

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By CF Marketing, Public and Community Relations
Published Oct. 3, 3019 at 9:39 p.m.
     OCALA —
The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, will present the exhibition “Across the Atlantic: American Impressionism Through the French Lens,” Nov. 2, 2019-Jan. 5, 2020. 

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Mary Heister Reid (Canadian, born in America, 1854-1921), “Hollyhocks,” 1914, oil on canvas, Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania.

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Robert Lewis Reid (American, 1862-1929), “Summer Breezes,” c. 1910–1920, oil on canvas, Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania.


     This extraordinary exhibition, drawn mostly from the collection of the Reading Public Museum in Reading, Pennsylvania, explores the path to Impressionism through the 19th century in France. The show examines the sometimes complex relationship between French Impressionism of the 1870s and 1880s and the American interpretation of the style in the decades that followed.
     More than 65 paintings and works on paper help tell the story of the “new style” of painting that developed at the end of the 19th century — one that emphasized light and atmospheric conditions, rapid or loose brushstrokes, and a focus on brightly colored scenes from everyday life, including both urban and rural settings when artists preferred to paint outdoors and capture the changing effects of light during different times of day and seasons of the year.
     “Across the Atlantic” will also feature works by artists whose paintings helped pave the pathway to Impressionism such as members of the Barbizon School including Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot and Narcisse Diaz de la Peña. Other French painters whose techniques and subjects paralleled those of the Impressionists like Charles-François Daubigny, Leon-Augustin Lhermitte, and Jean-Charles Cazin will also be examined. Many of these artists practiced painting outdoors, en plein air, a new freedom that the commercial availability of tubed paint and portable easels afforded them.
     Some of the key artists featured in the exhibition include Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt, Victor Vignon, Albert Lebourg, among others, who exhibited in the official Impressionist exhibitions in Paris in the 1870s and 1880s. Although familiar and beloved by modern audiences in their own time, the Impressionists were thought of as a rather radical alternative to the traditions of academic painting. The progressive group of artists avoided the official, state-funded Salon in Paris and instead decided to exhibit their works in unconventional displays.
     Among the earliest American artists to embrace the style were John Singer Sargent, William Merritt Chase, John Henry Twachtman, Willard Metcalf, Childe Hassam and Frank W. Benson, among others, whose works are included in the exhibition. American collectors and taste-makers were among the first to begin collecting Impressionist paintings.
     A host of American artists, many of whom traveled to France around the turn of the century to continue their studies in fine art, embraced the style. Daniel Garber, Edward Redfield, Robert Spencer, Arthur Watson Sparks, Robert Lewis Reid, William Paxton, Chauncey Ryder, Frederick John Mulhaupt and Guy Wiggins, are highlighted.
     The exhibition is sponsored in part by Marion Cultural Alliance, Fine Arts for Ocala, Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, Art Bridges and CAMPUS USA Credit Union.


Opening and Special Events

VIP Opening Reception and Talk
Friday, Nov. 1, 6-8 p.m.

     Appleton Director’s Circle members are invited to a VIP reception, followed by a talk at 7 p.m. with exhibition curator Scott Schweigert, Reading Public Museum. RSVP is required. To RSVP or join the museum at the Director’s Circle level, contact Colleen Harper, harperc@cf.edu, or 352-291-4455, ext. 1831.

Exhibition Talk
Saturday, Nov. 2, 11 a.m.

     Exhibition curator Scott Schweigert, Reading Public Museum, will give a free talk about the exhibition. This event is open to the public but does not include entry to the museum.

A Feast Under the Stars, Fundraiser Dinner
Saturday, Nov. 16, 6-9 p.m.

     Travel back in time to the world of the Impressionists at this one-of-a-kind fine dining experience under a starry sky at the Appleton. Indulge your senses in the elegance of the scents, flavors and music of the 1890s in this authentically crafted multi-course formal dinner, complete with wine pairings and décor of the era. Black tie or era-inspired dress is encouraged. Tickets are $150 (individual) and $2,500 (table of eight). Tickets available at AppletonMuseum.org.

After Hours Concert Series: Marina Tucker, Imperial String Quartet
Thursday, Dec. 12, 5-8 p.m.

     Enjoy a virtuoso string quartet made up of members of the Ocala Symphony Orchestra playing era-appropriate waltzes and other selections from the 1800s. $5 for Appleton members; $15 for nonmembers. Tickets available at: AppletonMuseum.org.
     For additional exhibition-related programming and events, visit http://appletonmuseum.org/.
    
Owned and operated by the College of Central Florida, the Appleton Museum of Art is located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, east of downtown on SR 40 (exit 352 east off I-75 or exit 268 west off I-95). Parking is free. For more information, call 352-291-4455.

 


 

CF Theatre presents
Agatha Christie’s
Murder on the Orient Express
 from Oct. 17 through Oct. 20

Published Sept. 12, 2019 at 3:09 p.m.
     OCALA — College of Central
Florida Theatre is scheduled to present “Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express” from Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 17-19, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 20, at 3 p.m. in the Dassance Fine Arts Center, 3001 S.W. College Road.
     This production is adapted by Ken Ludwig, directed by CF Associate Professor Dr. Kathleen Downs, and produced by special arrangement with Samuel French. The show is set in December 1935 when famous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot’s train becomes trapped in deep snow and he is called on to solve a murder that occurred in a first-class sleeping car the night before.
     Agatha Christie drew on her time treating Belgian soldiers during World War I to create the character of the fastidious, eccentric Hercule Poirot, whom she describes as a celebrated veteran of the war. “Murder on the Orient Express” specifically emerged from Christie’s fascination with the train route, which she rode first in 1928, and her time in Turkey and the Middle East. She wrote the novel almost entirely in a room at the Pera Palace Hotel in Istanbul.
     In 1926, Christie disappeared for 11 days, spurring a media sensation and a manhunt that even involved fellow author Arthur Conan Doyle. She was found alive and well at a hotel and spa in Harrogate. Today, biographers attribute the disappearance to an emotional crisis following the death of her mother.
     Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for nonstudents.
     CF students, faculty and staff are admitted free with CF identification. For tickets and more information, or call the CF Box Office at 352-873-5810.
     The box office is located in lobby of the Fine Arts Center and is open from Monday-Friday, 1-4 p.m. and an hour before show time.

 


Withlacoochee-Gulf Chamber
Scarecrow Contest starts;

Winner determined Oct. 25
Published Sept. 19, 2019 at 3:39 p.m.
     LEVY COUNTY –
The Withlacoochee Gulf Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring its annual Inglis/Yankeetown Scarecrow Contest, with judging set for Oct. 25.
     Businesses and other organizations can enter by sending an email with their name and the physical location of their scarecrow to dickjaninglis@gmail.com by Oct. 15.
     Scarecrows must be completed by Oct. 24.
     The first place winner will receive an annually rotating plaque at the Withlacoochee Gulf Area Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Dinner.
     Judges are basing their determination of the winner on -- Originality and/or Creativity; Workmanship and/or Attention to Detail; and Presentation and/or Crowd Appeal.


 


Appleton to host
'Feast Under the Stars' - Nov. 16

By CF Marketing, Public and Community Relations
Published Oct. 6, 2019 at 11:39 a.m.
     OCALA --
The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, will host “Feast Under the Stars,” on Nov. 16, 6-9 p.m.
     In combination with the special exhibition “Across the Atlantic: American Impressionism Through the French Lens," guests are invited to travel back in time to the world of the Impressionists at this one-of-a-kind fine dining experience at the Appleton. They may indulge their senses in the elegance of the scents, flavors and music of the 1890s in this authentically crafted multi-course formal fundraiser dinner, complete with wine pairings and décor of the era. Black tie or era-inspired dress is encouraged.
     Funds from ticket sales and those collected during the event will support the museum’s exhibitions and programs.
     Tickets are $150 for individual or $2,500 for a table of eight. A full table includes eight tickets to visit the exhibition and a bottle of wine hand-selected by Dave Lewis, Republic National Distributing Company. Tickets must be purchased in advance, and are available at: AppletonMuseum.org.


About the Exhibition
     “Across the Atlantic: American Impressionism Through the French Lens” will be on view at the Appleton Museum of Art Nov. 2, 2019-Jan. 5, 2020. This extraordinary exhibition, drawn mostly from the collection of the Reading Public Museum in Reading, Pennsylvania, explores the path to Impressionism through the 19th century in France. More than 65 paintings and works on paper help tell the story of the “new style” of painting that developed at the end of the 19th century — one that emphasized light and atmospheric conditions, rapid or loose brushstrokes, and a focus on brightly colored scenes from everyday life, including both urban and rural settings when artists preferred to paint outdoors and capture changing effects of light during different times of day and seasons of the year.
     Owned and operated by the College of Central Florida, the Appleton Museum of Art is located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, east of downtown on SR 40 (exit 352 east off I-75 or exit 268 west off I-95). Parking is free. For more information, call 352-291-4455.

 


Music, food and fun slated
to be part of the
Appleton After Hours concerts

Appleton Museum After Hours HardisonInk.com
Alpine Express gives an outdoor performance at the Appleton for Oktoberfest. They performed on Oct. 3.

Photo and Story Provided
By CF Marketing, Public and Community Relations
Published Sept. 10, 2019 at 10:19 a.m.
Updated Oct. 3, 2019 at 9:39 p.m.
     OCALA —
The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, announces its 2019-2020 After Hours schedule.
     Everyone is invited to enjoy music, food and fun at this annual series of musical performances.
     The series kicked off in October with an Oktoberfest band, Alpine Express, that entertains audiences with singing, yodeling, audience-participation and more. The high-energy show consists of traditional Oktoberfest music, along with unique folk instruments that may include alphorns, cowbells, the Holzanes G'Lächter (member of the xylophone family) and a singing saw.
     In December, Marina Tucker of Imperial String Quartet will present selections from the 1800s and other era-appropriate music in combination with the special exhibition “Across the Atlantic: American Impressionism Through the French Lens.”
     New to the Appleton’s stage, Chris McNeil will entertain guests in February with Southern influenced guitar-playing and singing.
     Last but not least, the Appleton welcomes back the popular duo Gosia and Ali for a performance in April showcasing the flute, acoustic guitar and vocals.
     Admission is $5 for Appleton members; $15 for nonmembers. Tickets are available at Eventbrite.com or by visiting AppletonMuseum.org. Seating for each event is limited to 250. Doors open at 5 p.m. and music begins at 5:30 p.m. Food service and cash bar ends at 7 p.m. For more information, contact AppletonMuseum@cf.edu.


2019-2020 Concert Schedule
Thursdays, 5-8 p.m.

 
Dec. 12: Marina Tucker, Imperial String Quartet
Feb. 6: Chris McNeil
April 2: Gosia and Ali


     Owned and operated by the College of Central Florida, the Appleton Museum of Art is located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. Parking is free. For more information, call the Appleton Museum of Art at 352-291-4455 or visit http://appletonmuseum.org/.

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