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Began with v. 1, no. 1, Jan. 26, 1989.
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MATTRESS FIRM COLLECTING SUPPLIES The Florida Department of Children and Families is teaming up with the Ticket to Dream Foundation to encour age community members and local businesses to collect school supplies for children in foster care. The foundation, through the Mattress Firm Foster Kids program will have school supply drop-o sites at all Florida Mattress Firm loca tions. The Winter Park location is located at 349 N. Orlando Ave., Suite 1. YOU YOUR NEIGHBORS. YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD. O bserver WINTER PARK / MAITLAND YOUR TOWN VOLUME 30, NO. 31 Candidates stump at chamber mingle SEE 3. HARRY SAYER BLACK TIE REPORTER If youre looking for some com munity service hours, or youre looking for a hand with your non profit, youre in luck: The Winter Park Public Librarys third Com munity Volunteer Fair is right around the corner. The (original) idea was to bring together the local nonprofits that are in need of volunteers and have them find matches with people in Attention volunteers: Nonprots need you FREE FRIDAY, AUGUST 3, 2018 The listening ear Sixteen organizations will be available at the Winter Park Public Librarys Community Volunteering Fair. Diane Goldsmith has spent 19 years helping grieving children at New Hope for Kids in Maitland. She recently was recognized by the National Alliance For Grieving Children for her work. REAL ESTATE Harry Sayer Diane Goldsmith recently won a national award for her work with New Hope For Kids. COMING SOON: The Winter Park Institute will feature ve speakers SEE PAGE 6. TIM FREED ASSOCIATE EDITOR It all started with a Yorkie named Lucy. The canine companion had squeezed her way under a fence behind her Winter Park home, and it wasnt long before she was picked up in the front Winter Park Lost Pets hits milestone The community service has reunited 1,700 pets in its nine-year history. SEE STORY PAGE 4 SEE LOST PAGE 4 SEE HELPING PAGE 2 See the largest residential real-estate sales in Winter Park and Maitland in our exclusive transactions roundup. PAGE 9.


2 WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, AUGUST 3, 2018 the community seeking volun teer opportunities, said Com munity Librarian Jodi Lazar. I kept it smaller with local orga nizations that needed recruit ment. The volunteer fair, to be held on the first floor of Winter Parks library on Aug. 9, will have 16 nonprofits working tables and advertising opportunities to help out and volunteer with their upcoming events. It started last year, when a nonprofit reached out to the librarys director of education asking if they hosted a volunteer fair. Lazar figured scheduling the fair in August, right before school picks up, was the right choice. Many of the organiza tions at the community fair seek teenage workers. Its the week before school rolls back in, which is good for the teenagers (who) will need community service hours, she said. We sought out organiza tions that have a need for both teenage and adult volunteers. Most of the fairs groups are Winter Parkor Maitlandbased, or partners with the library, but Lazar said groups throughout Orlando also have asked to participate. Lazar said the library is con sidering making the fair an annual event instead of hold ing it twice a year Januarys fair had a low turnout. Despite the low numbers, though, Lazar said even more organizations were asking to join than the last two events. The organizations kept say ing, Wed like to keep com ing to your fair, because even though its not massive, were getting really highly qualified people who are interested in volunteering, she said. A few were able to say, Ive still got the same volunteer who came to the event last year, and theyre still on board with us. E xperts rf nrtb n tnrnn nfnnfnr frrnnfrffnfn fnfrff tnfffnntbnfnffr r bbcall Serenades Longwood ad.indd 2 4/11/18 3:02 PM 281863 WINTER PARK FRIDAY, AUG. 3 FLICKS ON THE FAIRWAY 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, at the Winter Park Golf Course, 761 Old England Ave., Winter Park. The Parks & Recreation Departments Family Fun Program and the Winter Park Golf Course have teamed up to plan a movie night at the golf course. This screening of Back to the Future is free, and popcorn and drinks will be provided. For more informa tion, call (407) 599-3342. SATURDAY, AUG. 4 YOGA IN THE GARDEN 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at Mead Botanical Garden, 1300 S. Denning Drive, Winter Park. Take time to truly con nect with yourself and nature. Bring a yoga mat and water. Cost is $10, and proceeds will benet Mead Botanical Gar den. For more information, call (407) 599-2800. THURSDAY, AUG. 9 POPCORN FLICKS IN THE PARK 8 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, at Central Park, 150 W. Morse Blvd., Winter Park. Presented by Winter Park CRA and produced by Enzian Theater, this lm series features classic lms for the whole family. Take a blanket, a picnic or snacks, and some family and friends to this free screening of Finding Nemo. Free popcorn for every one. For more information, call (407) 629-0054. COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER FAIR 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, at the Winter Park Public Library, 460 E. New England Ave., Winter Park. Get involved. Make a dierence. Connect in the community. Explore volun teer opportunities and meet people from a variety of local organizations to nd a volun teer match that works for you. There will be opportunities for teens and adults. Meet reps from Cornell Fine Arts Muse um, Volunteers for Community Impact, Catch a Healthy Habit, Winter Park Day Nursery, Mead Garden, Seniors First, Hospice of the Comforter, Neighbors Network, Read 2 Succeed, Orlando Fringe, Westminster Winter Park, Fleet Farming, Orange County History Center and Winter Park Public Library. For more information, call (407) 623-3300. MAITLAND FRIDAY, AUG. 3 YOGA AT THE MAITLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY 4:30 p.m. Fridays at Maitland Public Library, 501 Maitland Ave. S., Maitland. Let Jenny Blackburn help you destress from the week and refresh for the weekend. Take your own mat, towel and water bottle. For more information, call (407) 647-7700. SUNDAY, AUG. 5 MAITLAND FARMERS MARKET 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays at Lake Lily Park, 701 Lake Lily Drive, Maitland. Browse through a section of fresh produce and other items at this weekly farmers market in Maitland. For more informa tion, visit Maitland Farmers Market on Facebook. THURSDAY, AUG. 9 COFFEE CONNECTIONS 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, at the Maitland Cham ber of Commerce oce, 110 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland. This event takes place the second Thursday of every month. Cost is $5. For more information, call (407) 644-0741 or visit business.maitlandchamber. com. ORLANDO FRIDAY, AUG. 3 STORYBOOK FUN 10:30 to 11 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays at the Orlando Pub lic Library, 101 E. Central Blvd., Orlando. Designed especially for preschoolers ages 3 to 5, Storybook Fun lasts 25 min utes. The use of picture books, songs and told stories will encourage your child to read, talk, sing, write and play. For more information, call (407) 835-7323. SATURDAY, AUG. 4 YOGA AT BARLEY AND VINE BIERGARTEN 11 a.m. Saturdays at Barley and Vine Biergarten, 2406 E. Washington St., Orlando. For more information, call (407) 930-0960. COLLEGE PARK SUNDAY, AUG. 5 COLLEGE PARK FARMERS MARKET 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays at Infusion Tea, 1600 Edgewater Drive, Orlando. Browse local produce and goods at this dogfriendly farmers market in Col lege Park every week. For more information, visit facebook. com/TheCollegeParkFarmer sMarket. PARTICIPATING NONPROFITS Catch a Healthy Habit City of Winter Park Sus tainability Cornell Fine Arts Museum Fleet Farming Hospice of the Comforter Mead Botanical Garden Neighbors Network Orange County History Center Orlando Fringe Read 2 Succeed Seniors First Volunteers for Commu nity Impact VCI RSVP Senior Corps Westminster Winter Park Winter Park Day Nursery Winter Park Public Library IF YOU GO WINTER PARK PUBLIC LIBRARYS COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERING FAIR WHERE: Winter Park Com munity Room, First Floor, 460 E. New England Ave., Winter Park WHEN: 1 to 3 p.m. Thurs day, Aug. 9 WEBSITE: munity-volunteer-fair-1 Helping hands CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 YOUR CALENDAR


WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, AUGUST 3, 2018 3 TROY HERRING ASSOCIATE EDITOR As teachers make their way into the auditorium at Edgewater High School, they are met with a heros welcome. On the front lawn, the march ing band puts on a show, while cheerleaders and OCPS employ ees cheer as the districts newest teachers walk the red carpet. This special welcome was a part of OCPSs Teacher Extravaganza Monday, July 30. Teachers are the backbone of our society, and Im proud to say that we have some of the best teachers in the state right here in Orange County Public Schools, said Bridget Williams, chief of staff for OCPS. Everyone in this room is here for the same reason because you care. Superintendent Dr. Barbara Jenkins also welcomed the new teachers. Her speech covered numerous subjects from school safety to improved graduation rates throughout the county but of all the notes Jenkins made, the biggest was for teachers to be aware of troubled children and possible hardships that could affect their schooling. What Im going to ask our teachers and all of our adults to do on our campuses is to convey the message to our young people that we care, Jenkins said. Thats a very critical message for our young people in this day and age. The words of wisdom from the staff at OCPS were welcome advice for those such as Jonathan Benson who will be starting his new role at Edgewater this year. Tak ing on the role as a math teacher at the school where he will teach algebra 2 and pre-calculus will be a change from what Benson had been doing. While working in consumer insights at an Oviedo business, Benson had the opportunity to work with math, but there was something about teaching that drew him to the school. Ive always kind of enjoyed the math side of things especially statistics so it was just a natural fit to come over and get to teach instead of work in the corporate world, Benson said. Although there are some prestart jitters with the new role, Benson said he is ready to begin. Having to present to 30-someodd kids at a time is a little bit nerve-racking for anybody, Ben son said. The thing Im most excited about is working with the kids. Ive coached some youth sports before, so seeing the growth and seeing kids succeed is just always really rewarding. Following a short talk from Deputy Superintendent Maria Vasquez, the fun spilled over into the cafeteria, where teachers had the chance to mingle and enjoy some free time. There, new Winter Park High School Principal Matt Arnold and teacher Austin Boggs had the opportunity to meet others and discuss their feelings on the upcoming school year. For Boggs, the inspiration to teach dates back to his highschool days when his television production helped motivate him to go into film and eventually teach. Before jumping into education this year, Boggs had been doing video work for theme parks. Just being a new teacher its very exciting, said Boggs, who teach television production at the schools Ninth Grade Center. I come from career technical educa tion, so Im basically coming from a technical background and going into teaching for the first time. Its going to be really awesome to just meet the students and get to know the campus. Although Arnold himself is starting his first year as the schools new principal, its actual ly not his first go-around at Win ter Park High School. From 1998 to 2004, he served multiple roles at the school teacher, coach, ath letic director and dean. His new est venture is a chance to help lead at a school that feels like a second home. Its been like a homecoming, because I was here for seven years, Arnold said. Reconnecting with people at the school and the staff I already know about a third of the staff and reconnecting with people in the community. And for me, its (also) working together with our team to create the condi tions to help all students be suc cessful. OCPS welcomes new district teachers Orange County Public Schools welcomed the countys newest teachers with its Teacher Extravaganza July 30 at Edgewater High School. Troy Herring Orange County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. .Barbara Jenkins shared some words of wisdom with the districts newest teachers. L ocal candidates throughout Orange County met with con stituents at the Winter Park Chamber of Commerces Political Mingle and Straw Poll Aug. 1 at the Fields BMW of Winter Park. The event allowed candi dates running for dierent seats in the upcoming elec tion to meet one another and mingle with con stituents. A big part of the nights festivities was the straw poll, which allowed attendees to vote. The poll gave candidates an indica tion of where they stand before the election. TROY HERRING Campaign trail Ninth Judicial Circuit Judge, Group 41, candidate Dean Mosley en joyed a friendly conversation as he met locals. Anna Eskamani a candidate for the open Florida House District 47 seat smiled as she campaigned during the Political Mingle and Straw Poll event at Fields BMW of Winter Park. John Mina, running for Orange County Sheri, waved to the crowd as he was introduced during the Political Mingle and Straw Poll in Winter Park. Visitors to the Political Mingle in Winter Park participated in a straw poll. Mike Miller a Republican running for Congress signed baseball cards for visitors during the nights events. ONLINE See more photos at


4 WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, AUGUST 3, 2018 HARRY SAYER BLACK TIE EDITOR D iane Goldsmith grew up knowing she wanted to help people. As the Altamonte Springs resident went to school, married, had children and became a kindergarten teacher, her purpose was always clear helping children. Everything changed when her daughter, Rebecca, was killed by a drunken driver. As Goldsmith tried to console her daughters friends in the days that followed, the lifelong caretaker came to a sobering conclusion she had nothing left to give. When you lose a child, you have nothing Goldsmith said. Im a teacher, Im a nurturer, but I had nothing for them. But I know they needed something that I didnt have to give them. She took them to New Hope For Kids, a grief counseling nonprofit in Maitland that specializes in children who have lost their par ents, or vice versa, hoping they could be helped through their loss. What Goldsmith didnt expect from the visit, though, was to be helped herself. She was offered a spot in the organization help ing other children who had lost friends and family. A year later, Goldsmith felt she was ready to join the nonprofit and started as a grief facilitator. Nineteen years later, Goldsmith has been recognized for her work. The National Alliance For Griev ing Children, a prominent grief counseling nonprofit organization, recently rewarded Goldsmith with a Founders Award for her years of service. HELPING OTHERS Although Goldsmith was used to counseling grieving children as a teacher, she learned a more pas sive way of getting them to open up about their trauma at New Hope for Kids. Were not therapists; we dont try to shrink them or talk, Gold smith said. We just reflect what they do. We dont advise them; we dont ask them questions. But they know that theyre heard, and if they want to elaborate, the door is open for them. Rather than asking a child rec reating his mothers funeral with toys why he was placing the audi ence upside-down in the sand, for example, Goldsmith let the child continue with his design. Even tually, the boy told her he felt the audience didnt want to look at the funeral something she feels he wouldnt have told her otherwise. Something Goldsmith learned quickly at the Maitland center, which treats more than 300 chil dren a year, is the silence that accompanies children who have lost their families. She said many of the children at New Hope for Kids worry they somehow will cause their parents more pain by acting happy and close themselves off. At New Hope for Kids biweekly sessions, those children have an hour of free time during which they can play sports, make arts and crafts, play music and social ize with other partners. Goldsmith said its one of her favorite parts of her job. They just laugh, Gold smith said. People ask me, Is it depressing to be there? and I say, You cant even imagine its so joyous. When you have someone new, whos listening all of a sud den, their face changes. They real ize, I belong here, and it changes their lives. RECOGNITION Out of at least 90 grief facilita tors at New Hope for Kids, Gold smith said shes certainly among the oldest she even trains the new facilitators, leads tours and organizes monthly company luncheons. But her core routine weekly sessions with the orga nizations younger children has stayed the same as shes grown, moved to Altamonte Springs and retired. The NAGC, which oversees more than 300 grief organiza tions nationally, recognized that routine when she was presented with the Founders Award, the national volunteer award, at the 22nd annual National Symposium on Childrens Grief in late June. Goldstein and her husband, Jer ry, also a grief facilitator at New Hope for Kids, were flown to San Antonio to accept the prize. They only give out two awards each year, said David Joswick, executive director for New Hope for Kids. These are really dynamic people they select. We were pleasantly surprised (when we nominated her). We felt she was a good candidate, and turns out, she was. Goldsmith said she didnt expect to be awarded for doing something she loves (or the standing ovation that came with it), but she doesnt mind. Its fulfilling to me, it gives me a sense Im doing something to help others, she said. To be rewarded for that is sort of strange. Many of the children she watched over throughout the years have returned to New Hope for Kids to be grief facilitators themselves something she finds immensely gratifying. Her work doesnt fill the hole left by Rebecca but it helps oth ers when they need it most. She is glad she found a way to use her tragedy to help others. Its a part of me now, Gold smith said. Im honoring Rebecca. Im carrying on to do good in the world, because I truly believe shes the kind of person who would have done good in the world. If we are to build a better world, we must remember that the guiding principle is this a policy of freedom for the individual is the only truly progressive policy. Friedrich Hayek Road to Serfdom, 1944 WINTER PARK/MAITLAND O bserver 2018 The Observer Media Group Inc. All Rights Reserved Observer Media Group Inc. 1970 Main St. Sarasota, FL 34236 941-366-3468 Editor and CEO / Matt Walsh Vice President / Lisa Walsh Chairman / David Beliles Publishers of the Longboat Observer, East County Observer, Sarasota Observer, Siesta Key Observer, Palm Coast Observer, Plant City Times & Observer, Ormond Beach Observer, West Orange Times & Observer, Windermere Observer, Winter Park/Maitland Observer, Business Observer, Jacksonville Financial News & Daily Record, Jacksonville Realty-Builder Connection, LWR Life Magazine, Season Magazine WINTER PARK/ MAITLAND OBSERVER The Winter Park/Maitland Observer (USPS #00-6186) is published by the Observer Media Group, 180 S. Knowles, Winter Park, Fl., 32789. Pe riodical postage paid at Winter Park, Florida. POSTMASTER send ad dress changes to the Winter Park/ Maitland Observer 180 S. Knowles, Winter Park, FL, 32789. TO ADVERTISE For display or digital advertising, call Publisher Jackie Fanara at (407) 401-9929. For classied advertising, call (407) 401-9929. Our fax number is (407) 656-6075. LEGAL ADVERTISING To place a legal notice for Orange County, please call Kim Martin at (407) 654-5500 or email to SEND US YOUR NEWS Let us know about your events, celebra tions and achievements. Send your infor mation via email to Michael Eng, meng@ Mailed letters must be typed and include the authors signature and phone number. Letters to the editor are subject to editing. TO SUBSCRIBE The Winter Park/Maitland Observer is published weekly, on Fridays. Subscrip tions are $40 per year ($50 outside of Orange County). To subscribe for mailed home delivery, call (407) 401-9929; email to; visit; or visit our oce, 180 S. Knowles, Winter Park, FL, 32789. Publisher / Jackie Fanara, Executive Editor / Michael Eng, Design Editor / Jessica Eng, Associate Editor / Troy Herring, Associate Editor / Tim Freed, Black Tie Editor / Danielle Hendrix, Black Tie Reporter / Harry Sayer, Multimedia Sales Executive / Laura Rubio, Administrative Assistant / Janice Carrion, Creative Services Administrator / Marjorie Holloway, Creative Services Coordinator / Christine Galan, Advertising Graphic Designers / Thom Gravelle, Shawna Polana, Luis Trujillo, Allison Wampole yard by a stranger driving by who assumed she was lost. Out of her element with no col lar and no microchip, Lucy was driven all the way to a home near the Orlando International Airport far away from her owners who were frantically searching for her and posting flyers. Helping in the search were near by Winter Park residents Judy Cha ruhas and Shelley Heistand, who were posting flyers and happened to place one inside The Cheesecake Factory at the Winter Park Village. The stars aligned for lucky Lucy and her owners not long after: The driver who had picked her up hap pened to work at you guessed it that very same Cheesecake Fac tory. That was the first but not the only reunion Charuhas and Heistand would witness. They went on to launch a service in their community that would help furry friends find their way back home. Winter Park Lost Pets recently rescued its 1,700th pet a mile stone that makes co-founders Charuhas and Heistand reflect on nine years of happy tails and fami lies getting put back together. The free web-based service was started by Charuhas and her neighbor Heistand in 2009, after that first Yorkie went missing. The two decided it was something that was needed in the community a service that could help reunite lost pets with their families. Heistand, a Realtor with Cold well Banker, sponsored the cost of running the site and maintains it to this today. Shelley said, There has to be a better way, Charuhas said. I said, There is it would be a web site, and it would be very expen sive. You can have a great idea, but (Shelley) followed up. We saw the potential that this is something that could help so many people. Its all from the heart, Heistand said. Heres how the website works: A pet owner who loses their dog, cat, rabbit, bird or whatever animal they own reports the missing pet on the website. Once a description and picture of the pet is posted, an alert is sent to about 20,000 people in the area via email, plus the nearly 5,000 followers on Facebook and Twitter. Then, neighbors, firefighters, police officers, postal workers and animal-lovers keep a lookout for the pet, and report it as found when they locate the lost animal. Often, the person who finds the pet holds on to them for a short time before they can be recon nected with the owner. A family is made whole once more and usually pays it forward by joining the evergrowing email list. Its a system that could only work in a small town such as Winter Park, Heistand said. Nine out of 10 pets listed on the site end up getting reunited with their families. Our tagline is It takes one open gate to lose a pet, and a whole com munity to find it, said Charuhas, who is constantly monitoring and updating the website with which pets have been found and which still are missing. Charuhas and Heistand also started a nonprofit branch of Win ter Park Lost Pets known as The Lost Pets Foundation, which is committed to spreading pet edu cation with the help of volunteers at events. The 501(c)(3) teaches pet owners everything from micro chipping 101 to ensuring pet safety during hurricanes. The Winter Park duo wants to take the website system another step further to keep pets from getting lost: preemptive registra tion before a pet goes missing. A database of pets registered by their owners could go a long way in mak ing sure they return home safely if they get lost, Charuhas said. Like many free services, the only problem is that Winter Park Lost Pets usually doesnt come to mind until the day it is needed when a furry friend escapes the backyard. Whenever we do an event, theres constant education, Cha ruhas said. More than 1,700 reunited pets later, the mission from the begin ning is the same. Theyre a part of your family its an unconditional love back and forth that you sometimes dont even have with people, Winter Park Lost Pets volunteer Shampa Davie said. Theres an energy there that you cant even define with a pet. Tim Freed Winter Park Lost Pets co-founder Shelley Heistand, co-founder Judy Cha ruhas and volunteer Shampa Davie have dedicated their time and energy to the cause. They are holding Sparky, Lily and Olive. Its a part of me now. Im honoring Rebecca. Im carrying on to do good in the world, because I truly believe shes the kind of person who would have done good in the world. Diane Goldsmith Prime example Harry Sayer Lost Pets celebrates 1,700th reunion CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1


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This years group of speakers includes Maggie Doyne, a phi lanthropist; Martha Nussbaum, a philosopher; Sean Baker, a film maker; Billy Collins, a poet; and Dr. M. Sanjayan, a conservationist. Im really excited about the series this year, said Gail Sinclair, executive director and scholar in residence at the Winter Park Insti tute at Rollins College. It is very eclectic, and each of the speakers brings something really interesting and unique to the conversation. Previous years of the speaker series have featured major names, including Sir Paul McCartney of The Beatles; world-renowned pri matologist Dr. Jane Goodall; Star Trek actor George Takei; and alltime NBA great Kareem AbdulJabbar. This years group may not fea ture prominent actors and for mer athletes that regularly show up in headlines, but Sinclair said that its an intentional choice for the speaker series to go back to its roots: focusing on influential experts in various fields that arent household names. Some of the speakers are names that might not be recognized by the general public, but whats exciting about that is bringing new names to the forefront for people who havent had a chance to hear about these people who are really inno vative and interesting, Sinclair said. MAGGIE DOYNE It starts with Maggie Doyne, who will speak at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the Tiedtke Concert Hall. Doyne founded BlinkNow, which provides quality educa tion and a safe environment for women and children in Nepal. She was named CNN Hero of the Year in 2015. She took a gap year and back packed throughout Europe and Asia and discovered her love of the Nepalese children and her desire to save them, to help them, Sinclair said. She wired home to get the money she had saved from baby sitting through her high school years and purchased a piece of land and from that built this home and school for children that she has informally adopted. Shes become mother to some 50 or 60 Nepalese children. MARTHA NUSSBAUM Martha Nussbaum will speak at the college at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, at the Bush Auditorium, bringing with her a unique body of work on moral and political theory, emo tions, human rights and more. She recently spoke with TIME mag azine about her new book, The Monarchy of Fear: A Philosopher Looks at Our Political Crisis. She brings a variety of very important current issues about politics and ethics and morality and our sensibilities about fear and who we are, Sinclair said. SEAN BAKER Filmmaker Sean Baker will speak at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, at Rollins College. Baker is best known for The Florida Project, an independent feature film whose title comes from an early name for the land Walt Disney purchased where Disney World and Epcot sit today. The film follows the rela tionship between a 6-year-old girl and her mother as they struggle to survive while living in the shadows of Disney World. BILLY COLLINS Returning to the speaker series with a discussion at 2 p.m. Sun day, Feb. 17, 2019, at the Tiedtke Concert Hall is Billy Collins, a two-term U.S. Poet Laureate and distinguished senior fel low of the Winter Park Institute. Hes known as one of the most popular poets in America, and his work frequently lands on the The New York Times bestsell ers list. His title is What Poets Talk About When They Talk About Love, so Im particularly excited about Billys collection of poets, Sinclair said. That will be a won derful perspective of his work and work that relates to the subject of love. DR. M. SANJAYAN The final speaker of this years series is Dr. M. Sanjayan, who will speak at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at the Bush Auditorium. Hes the CEO and senior scientist for Conservation International, an American nonprofit that empow ers societies to care for nature, global biodiversity and the wellbeing of humanity. Hes a scientist that has the charisma to create these docu mentaries that help humans visu alize whats happening in nature as a result of the connection between climate, humanity and nature, Sinclair said. Hes hoping to build awareness so that we might make changes that continue the human/ nature relationship in a positive way for both. SCHEDULE SCHEDULE Maggie Doyne: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, at Tiedtke Concert Hall Martha Nussbaum: 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, at Bush Auditorium Sean Baker : 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, at Rollins College Billy Collins: 2 p.m. Sun day, Feb. 17, 2019, at Tiedtke Concert Hall Dr. M. Sanjayan : 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at Bush Auditorium Winter Park Institute announces speaker series Rollins College will host experts and inuencers within several elds for open, public discussions.


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WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, AUGUST 3, 2018 9 Allison Olcsvay Three years ago, Georgia Ellison was facing the same prognosis that she has watched her mother suer with for de cades. The progressive osteopenia would someday develop into osteoporosis, bringing on devastating broken bones and pain. My mother is 93 now, and Ive watched her suer so much; I just dont want that to happen to me, Ellison said. Medication to strengthen her bones never produced signicant results, and after years of taking them, she decided to try a new course of action. Following the recommendation of a friend she signed on with Elite Strength and Fitness of Winter Park and began following a twice-weekly strength-training regimen designed to increase her muscle mass and bone density. At her next DEXA scan to measure density, Ellisons doctor noticed a big change and she was able to stop taking her medication. Success stories like Ellisons dont come easy though; it took months of intense workouts with the guidance of personal trainers to get there. At 64, Les Rinehart, one of Elites trainers, knows the challenges his clients face. After 33 years in the tness industry, the former strength coach for the Charlotte Hornets retired in 2007, only to come out of retirement a few years ago to join Elite be cause, he said, he saw the value in what they oered their clients. The equip ment here is top of the line and the techniques produce results like no other, Rinehart said. At Elite, education is as important as the equipment. Be fore clients spend anytime working out, they share their medical history, goals and concerns with trainers who develop a plan that covers time inside and outside of the gym. Clients needs are evaluated and we give them a detailed analysis of what they need to do, especially at home, to accomplish their goals, said owner Monte Mitchell. Homework might include keeping food and exercise journals to learn more about their habits, especially if weight loss is a goal. The gym also oers a 12-week group nutrition workshop to their members, guaranteeing results for their clients, provided they follow all the recommendations made during their consultation. 70-year-old physician Dr. Maria Bors has been a client of Elite for seven years and nds that training there ts quite nicely into her busy lifestyle. The 20-minute workouts are easy for me to t in and I nd them easy to commit to, Bors said. Rather than working out with sweaty, bulked-up gym rats, Elites clients nd an almost Zen-like atmosphere, with trainers attentive to their every motion. Speaking in tones of calm assurance, trainers oer equal parts encouragement and challenge, pushing clients to new levels. The workouts are physically demanding, but not in the way one might expect. Motions are slow and intensely controlled, demanding maximum eort from muscles while barely breaking a sweat. Many clients dont even change out of oce clothes, Rinehart said. They simply dont need to. Before beginning with Elite, Bors suffered from daily back pain, but after just a few months in the gym, she experienced a noticeable change in pain levels and now rarely suers at all. Its been remarkable for me, she said. I can feel how strong I am, especially when I am traveling carrying luggage. I have a strength I never had before. The strength training is very good for preventing bone loss, said Bors, which is something we all need as we age.ADVERTORIAL 407-740-7750 1312 Palmetto Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789 www.elitestrengthandtness.comMention this ad for a free consultation. You can schedule this consultation by calling Elite Strength & Fitness at 407-740-7750Strength training at any age can help improve muscle mass and bone density 263535 WINTER PARK 32789 The home at 1161 Mayfield Ave., Winter Park, 32789, sold July 27, for $950,000. Built in 1987, it has five bedrooms, four baths and 3,279 square feet. The price per square foot is $289. The home at 474 Lakewood Drive, Winter Park, 32789, sold July 13, for $817,500. Built in 1956, it has four bedrooms, three-and-one-half baths and 2,739 square feet. The price per square foot is $298. The home at 872 Granville Drive, Winter Park, 32789, sold July 23, for $790,000. Built in 1961, it has four bedrooms, three-and-one-half baths and 3,195 square feet. The price per square foot is $247. The home at 1340 Oneco Ave., Winter Park, 32789, sold July 23, for $710,000. Built in 2006, it has four bedrooms, threeand-one-half baths and 2,546 square feet. The price per square foot is $278. The home at 1540 Ibis Court, Winter Park, 32789, sold July 19, for $673,000. Built in 2003, it has three bedrooms, twoand-one-half baths and 2,266 square feet. The price per square foot is $297. The home at 1835 Temple Drive, Winter Park, 32789, sold July 26, for $600,000. Built in 1973, it has four bedrooms, two baths and 1,958 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $306. The home at 1261 Arlington Place, Winter Park, 32789, sold July 17, for $590,000. Built in 2001, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 2,375 square feet. The price per square foot is $248. The home at 1409 Devon Road, Winter Park, 32789, sold July 23, for $378,000. Built in 1949, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,438 square feet. The price per square foot is $262. The home at 1651 Mayfield Ave., Winter Park, 32789, sold July 16, for $375,000. Built in 1956, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,883 square feet. The price per square foot is $199. The home at 2467 Lake Waum pi Drive, Winter Park, 32789, sold July 27, for $375,000. Built in 1973, it has four bedrooms, two baths and 1,844 square feet. The price per square foot is $203. The home at 771 Douglas Ave., Winter Park, 32789, sold July 16, for $339,000. Built in 1995, it has three bedrooms, one bath, and 1,092 square feet. The price per square foot is $310. The home at 1545 Indiana Ave. Unit B, Winter Park, 32789, sold July 13, for $339,000. Built in 2005, it has three bedrooms, two-and-one-half baths and 1,650 square feet. The price per square foot is $204. The home at 2811 Eastern Parkway, Winter Park, 32789, sold July 23, for $288,000. Built in 1957, it has three bedrooms, one-and-one-half baths and 1,433 square feet. The price per square foot is $200. 32792 The home at 2232 Banchory Road, Winter Park, 32792 sold July 18, for $599,000. Built in 1966, it has four bedrooms, three baths and 2,597 square Maitland estate sells for $2.2 million A home in Maitland topped all Winter Park/Maitland-area residential real-estate transactions from July 13 to 27. The home at 530 Manor Road, Maitland, 32751, sold July 20, for $2.2 million. Built in 1957, it has six bedrooms, threeand-one-half baths and 5,033 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $437. REAL ESTATE The home at 530 Manor Road, Maitland, 32751, sold July 20, for $2.2 million. It was designed by Nils M. Schweizer, who studied under Frank Lloyd Wright. Extra large rooms feature magnicent views of the lake, and there is a grandfathered-in boathouse ready for remodel for live-in guests/sta. SNAPSHOT Total Sales: 71 High Sale Price: $2.2 million Low Sale Price: $57,000 REO/Bank Owned: Two Short Sale: One SEE REAL ESTATE PAGE 10


10 WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, AUGUST 3, 2018 439 Lake Howell Road, Maitland, FL 32751 www.CreeganGroup.comRanked #1 for Homes Sold in 2016 Orlando Magazine Hot 100 Orlando Style Magazine 5 Star Realtor Orlando Style Magazine Top Boutique Brokerage Chris Creegan, Broker/Owner407.622.1111 CREEGAN PROPERTY GROUP 262158 PUBLIC NOTICENotice is hereby given that public hearings will be held by the City Commission of the City of Winter Park, Florida, on Monday, August 13, 2018, at 3:30 p.m. or as soon thereafter in the Commission Chambers of City Hall, 401 Park Avenue, South, to consider the following:AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF WINTER PARK, FLORIDA AMENDING CHAPTER 58, LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE, ARTICLE I COMPREHENSIVE PLAN FUTURE LAND USE ELEMENT TEXT POLICIES AND MAPS TO ENABLE THE APPROVAL OF CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT FUTURE LAND USE ON THE PROPERTY AT 338 WEST MORSE BOULEVARD AND TO AMEND THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN FUTURE LAND USE MAP TO CHANGE FROM AN OFFICE FUTURE LAND USE DESIGNATION TO A CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT FUTURE LAND USE DESIGNATION ON THE PROPERTY AT 338 WEST MORSE BOULEVARD, MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED HEREIN PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS, SEVERABILITY AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE. AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 58 LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE ARTICLE III, ZONING AMENDING THE ZONING REGULATIONS TEXT FOR THE SECTION 58-75 COMMERCIAL (C-2) ZONING DISTRICT AND SECTION 58-95 DEFINITIONS MAP D-2 TO ENABLE THE APPROVAL OF COMMERCIAL (C-2) DISTRICT ZONING ON THE PROPERTY AT 338 WEST MORSE BOULEVARD AND TO AMEND THE OFFICIAL ZONING MAP TO CHANGE FROM OFFICE (O-1) DISTRICT ZONING TO COMMERCIAL (C-2) DISTRICT ZONING ON THE PROPERTY AT 338 WEST MORSE BOULEVARD, MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED HEREIN, PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS, SEVERABILITY AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE. All interested parties are invited to attend and be heard. Additional information is available on the Citys website at so that citizens may acquaint themselves with each issue. If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the Commission with respect to any matter considered at such meeting or hearing, he/she will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he/she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. (F.S. 286.0105) Persons with disabilities needing assistance to participate in any of these proceedings should contact the City Clerks /s/ Cynthia S. Bonham, City Clerk, MMC 281484 261324 Meal preparation Light housekeeping & laundry Medication reminders Personal hygiene Dressing & grooming Walking & exercise Going shopping or to appointments TenderCare License 3014096We are your hometown solution for one-on-one assistance. With some of the best rates in Central Florida, we make staying The home at 530 Manor Road, Maitland, 32751, sold July 20, for $2.2 million. Built in 1957, it has six bedrooms, three-and-one-half baths and 5,033 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $437. The home at 2300 Forrest Road, Winter Park, 32789, sold July 13, for $1.5 mil lion. Built in 2012, it has four bedrooms, four-and-one-half baths and 3,843 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $390. The home at 337 Minne haha Road, Maitland, 32751, sold July 23, for $1.38 mil lion. Built in 2018, it has ve bedrooms, four-and-one-half baths and 4,534 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $305. The home at 420 Alberta Drive, Winter Park, 32789, sold July 20, for $1.3 million. Built in 1997, it has four bed rooms, three-and-one-half baths and 3,633 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $357. The home at 1800 Via Palermo, Winter Park, 32789, sold July 16, for $1.25 million. Built in 2003, it has four bed rooms, three-and-one-half baths and 3,801 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $328. The home at 1741 Via Ge noa, Winter Park, 32789, sold July 27, for $1.17 million. Built in 1955, it has ve bedrooms, four baths and 5,160 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $227. The home at 567 Genius Drive, Winter Park, 32789, sold July 27, for $1.04 million. Built in 2005, it has ve bed rooms, three-and-one-half baths and 3,672 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $284. The home at 1361 Palmer Ave., Winter Park, 32789, sold July 18, for $1 million. Built in 2005, it has ve bedrooms, three-and-one-half baths and 3,558 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $281. MILLIONPLUS SALES feet. The price per square foot is $230. The home at 2892 Old Castle Drive, Winter Park, 32792, sold July 26, for $577,500. Built in 1992, it has four bedrooms, four baths and 3,106 square feet. The price per square foot is $185. The home at 108 Longhorn Road, Winter Park, 32792 sold July 27, for $450,000. Built in 1972, it has four bedrooms, three baths and 4,174 square feet. The price per square foot is $107. The home at 2756 Summerfield Road, Winter Park, 32792 sold July 18, for $436,500. Built in 1967, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,740 square feet. The price per square foot is $250. MAITLAND 32751 The home at 1917 Benhurst Place, Maitland, 32751, sold July 17, for $785,000. Built in 1995, it has five bedrooms, four-and-one-half baths and 4,200 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $186. The home at 618 Tuscarora Trail, Maitland, 32751, sold July 27, for $575,000. Built in 1970, it has six bedrooms, four-and-one-half baths and 3,596 square feet. The price per square foot is $159. The home at 2071 Thunderbird Trail, Maitland, 32751, sold July 26, for $532,000. Built in 1961, it has four bedrooms, three baths and 2,284 square feet. The price per square foot is $232. The home at 267 Wood Lake Drive, Maitland, 32751, sold July 13, for $531,000. Built in 1976, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 2,102 square feet. The price per square foot is $252. The home at 1350 Druid Isle Road, Maitland, 32751, sold July 16, for $475,000. Built in 1965, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,699 square feet. The price per square foot is $279. The home at 456 Stonewood Lane, Maitland, 32751, sold July 13, for $419,900. Built in 1978, it has four bedrooms, three baths and 2,438 square feet. The price per square foot is $172. The home at 1935 Michael Tia go Circle, Maitland, 32751, sold July 16, for $344,000. Built in 2007, it has four bedrooms, The home at 2892 Old Castle Drive, Winter Park, 32792, sold July 26, for $577,500. The inviting sunroom and huge bonus room are only a small taste of the relaxing living here. Theres custom wainscoting, cozy replace, laundry shoot, Viking gas stove and a fantastic oor REAL ESTATE CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9


WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, AUGUST 3, 2018 11 rfntb 25YEARSCELEBRATING EXPERIENCEWORKMANSHIP QUALITY SERVICE COMMITMENT rfntnbnrff ffnbnn rrfntbnnbt rffrnt bfrfr( f ) tf fffrfrtf fffffffrfn ffrftffrffnn rftrftnrrffrt t ffrfb rfnr ttbf rrfrf 281154 261733St. Dorothys Independent Catholic Community Celebrating Mass every Sunday at 11amFor more information, please visit our website aliated with the Diocese of Orlando) St. Matthews Tavern1300 N. Mills Ave.parking on Mills and in Watkins Dental parking lotAll are welcome! Come experience our community where we practice Love Without Judgment Caring for Winter Parks Pets and Their People Since 19551601 Lee Road, Winter Park (407) 644-2676282082 TOP BUILDING PERMITS WINTER PARK ADDRESS PERMIT APPLICANT AMOUNT 400 Cortland Ave. New residential building Evista One FL LLC $732,000 1007 Lewis Drive New commercial/Multi-family Brannon Construction Co. $550,000 1620 Mayower Court Commercial alterations Mayower Retirement Center Inc. $520,000 1925 Mizell Ave. #105 Commercial alterations Ted E. Manos $185,000 911 Harmon Ave. Residential addition and garage Craig Hills $150,000 214 N. Park Ave. Commercial alterations Lulu I LLC $110,000 1560 Grove Terrace Residential renovations King Burnham Designs LLC $60,000 801 Orange Ave. Commercial alterations Rollins College $55,000 1570 Elm Ave. Residential addition and garage Neal M. Crasnow $50,000 140 N. Orlando Ave. Commercial alterations PJs Carmel Land Holdings LLC $47,500 MAITLAND ADDRESS PERMIT APPLICANT AMOUNT 190 Independence Lane #R-109 Commercial alterations Maitland City Centre LLC $214,700 500 Winderley Place #228 Commercial alterations Orlando Collections Oces LLC $135,350 9025 Lake Hope Drive Residential alterations Thomas and Leona Owens $99,000 1910 Rogers Ave. Residential Single family new Cecil B Allen Revocable Trust $90,000 341 Maitland Ave. #200 Commercial alterations 341 Maitland LLC $26,000 2500 Maitland Center Commercial alterations RCS-Maitland LLC $25,000 Parkway #209 2410 Carver Ave. Residential alterations Robinson Custom Homes $20,000 2060 Mohican Trail Residential alterations Crewpro LLC $14,000 910 Thistle Lane Residential alterations J.T. Shaw Inc. $10,686 These are the largest residential and commercial building permits for new construction, additions and altera tions issued by the city of Winter Parks Building Department and the city of Maitlands Community Develop ment Department from July 16 to 20 and July 23 to 27, in order of dollar amounts. three-and-one-half baths and 2,740 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $125. The home at 2659 Derbyshire Road, Maitland, 32751, sold July 26, for $332,000. Built in 1976, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 2,104 square feet. The price per square foot is $157. The home at 2049 Michael Tiago Circle, Maitland, 32751, sold July 24, for $304,900. Built in 2014, it has three bedrooms, two-and-one-half baths and 2,274 square feet. The price per square foot is $134. The home at 1233 Hollyridge Trail, Maitland, 32751, sold July 25, for $255,500. Built in 1988, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,642 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $155. The home at 2459 Falmouth Road, Maitland, 32751, sold July 25, for $240,000. Built in 1964, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,415 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $169.


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ARTS + CULTUREFRIDAY, AUGUST 3, 2018 ORANGEOBSERVER.COM HARRY SAYERBLACK TIE REPORTERIf you walk into the Winter Park Playhouse any given day, you might find music director Chris Leavy doing a number of things. He might be teaching music to the theatres performing cast. He might be hosting auditions for new band players or cabaret singers. He might even be putting the score together for a world-premiere musical with his husband. One thing you wont catch him doing, however, is complaining about any of his many tasks hes having too much of a good time, Its not work, he said Every once in a while, Im like, Suck ers, youre giving me money to do this? Its a joy, and this particular theater is a joy. Ive worked here longer than anywhere Ive worked in my life. It never feels like too much.PATH TO THE PLAYHOUSELeavy has been the theaters music director for nearly 12 years and never really expected to find himself in that position. While performing in Branson, Missouri, he eventually found himself tired of the ever-prevalent country music in the region. I got to my midlife crisis, Leavy said. I said, You know, some guys get a car, some guys get an 18-year-old, but I wanted a masters degree. Leavy spent three years taking as many classes he could he couldnt get enough of school and eventually visited friends in Winter Park, where he booked a few piano gigs. Those same friends introduced Leavy to Roy Alan and Heather Alexander, artistic director and executive director for the playhouse, who asked him to do music direction for a show. Soon, Leavy became the official music director for the company. He rented an apartment on Aragon Avenue, right next to the playhouse, soon after. Leavy comes from a musical family his dad sang in a bar bershop quartet and his mother played accordion and considers himself an old soul when it comes to his taste in music. He chalks up much of his taste to his Piano manChris Leavy is the piano player, music director and more for the Winter Park Playhouse. Its not work. Every once in a while, Im like, Suckers, youre giving me money to do this? Its a joy, and this par ticular theater is a joy. Ive worked here longer than any where Ive worked in my life. It never feels like too much. Chris LeavyChris Leavy has been the Playhouses musical director for over a decade. Harry Sayer Courtesy photoLeavy often plays tunes on the piano for the audience. SEE MUSICAL PAGE 17


14 WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, AUGUST 3, 2018 Discover ART & NATURE IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD633 OSCEOLA AVENUE WINTER PARK, FL | 407.647.6294 | POLASEK.ORG Visit Albin Polaseks historic home, artist studio, & sculpture gardens located on beautiful Lake Osceola a hidden gem of Winter Park! THIS SUMMERS PASSPORT TO LEARNING, EXPLORATION, AND FUN! 281881 HARRY SAYERBLACK TIE REPORTERTheres a new exhibition at the AXIOM Fine Arts Consulting gallery and its highlighting artists from across the world. I love the way art is able to give people a visual takeaway to either set them down their own path of creativity, Gallery Director Sor cha Baty said. People come in and are introduced to artists theyve never known before and really find something that they love or connect with. AXIOM has hosted gallerys in the past highlighting the contributions of female artists. This summer, the Impressions exhibit, which runs through Aug. 30, examines six artists from across both Florida and the country that, fittingly, had left a strong impression on Baty herself. JUAN MIGUEL PALACIOS Baty first discovered Palacios artwork when visiting the Art Basel show last December in Miami. The mixed-media artist creates vivid designs with vinyl and mixed tech nology such as drywall or wood boxes. His work tackles feelings of luxury, restlessness and mourning and the individuals relationship with the environment. Its kind of an over-saturation of artwork at Art Basel, she said. When you find work that you like, you kind of do a double-take and zoom in; thats definitely what happened with Juans pieces. It was refreshing, unlike anything at the art fair this was something doing something completely authentic and never seen before.JOHAN BARRIOSBaty met with Barrios somewhat coincidentally while traveling to Houston and spent a few hours speaking with the Colombian painter, who specializes in hyperrealistic figure paintings, in his studio. She said he impressed her with his passion, dedication, and large-scale artwork. AVERY LAWRENCELawrence caught Batys attention with his performance piece at the Orlando Museum of Arts Baggage Claims show in December. The Philadelphia-based perfor mance artist I knew hed be completely off the wall in a way people may or may not get, Baty said. Theres this excitement and sort of a sur prise element where you have this artist where you see this confidence and know theyre going to give you something that people will stop and look at.EMANUEL DE SOUSAEmanuel De Sousa was a late addition to the show. Given his residence in London, Baty made several Skype calls to reach an understanding with the painter. They managed to work out a deal and showcase a couple of his pieces just two weeks before the show opened. Many of his paintings depict acts of tension and sacrifice. FLORINE DEMOSTHENEKaty discovered Demosthene through an art blog much of her art can be seen at the Lowe Museum of Art of Miami, the University of South Africa and in collections across the world. From the first show we opened up, I always wanted two things to be consistent a local tie and a female tie, Baty said. Floran was the only female artist Id seen that ignited something. I really connected with her story. CHRISTOPHER SANTOSBaty looked far and wide for artists to compose the new exhibit. But she found the last contributor in her figurative backyard. Christopher Santos, a mixedmedia artist who specializing in sculptures and Orlando resident, had a goal in mind with the busts he donated to the AXIOM create a conversation about what he believes is Walt Disneys racist past. When I came down to Florida (for UCFs fine-arts masters program), I was baffled with how obsessed people are with Disney, Santos said. People are so infatuated with this fairy tale that they dont necessarily know Disney, in the early days, was a really racist company that made racist cartoons that included peoples favorite characters Mickey Mouse and Minnie. He points to a 1933 Disney short film titled Mickeys Mellerdrama where Mickey, wearing blackface and a beard made of cotton, per forms a rendition of Uncle Toms Cabin for a crowd. Santos busts faithfully depict Mickey, Minnie and Goofy from the cartoon to show audiences where those char acters came from. Im just trying to educate people; Im not trying to make people hate what they love, Santos said. Im just trying to make them aware of the history behind it so theyre more accepting and under standing. AXIOM highlights national artists in Impressions exhibit IF YOU GOAXIOM FINE ARTS CONSULTING WHEN: Through Aug. 30 WHERE: 268 W. New England Ave., Winter Park CONTACT: (407) 543-2550 WEBSITE: Above: Performance artist Avery Lawrence and his work are on display. Left: Christopher Santos donated busts of Disney characters from 1933s.Photos by Harry Sayer


WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, AUGUST 3, 2018 15 266474 SATURDAY, AUG. 4THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at the Enzian Theater, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland. A nurse during World War II, Jenny Fields (Glenn Close) conceives with a dying pilot and bears a boy named T.S. Garp (Robin Williams) whom she raises alone. When Garp grows up, he has some success writing ction, but not nearly so much as his mother has with feministthemed nonction. Rich and famous, she starts a center for troubled women, and although Garp marries and has children, he remains a constant, if somewhat critical, observer of the strange community that forms around Jenny. Based on the best-selling book by John Irving, The World According to Garp is a terric adaptation that received two Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actress (Close) and Best Supporting Actor (John Lithgow). Tickets are $11. For more infor mation, visit NATE NAJAR AND PHILL FEST PRESENT BOSSA NOVA GUITARS 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts, 1905 Kentucky Ave., Winter Park. Guitarist Nate Najar is emerg ing as one of this decades nest modern jazz exponents. He is a player who uses a distinctive technique to convey his artistic prowess not many artists play acoustic classical guitar with right-hand classical technique, yet it is the perfect choice for Najars comprehensive approach. Not restricted to single notes or chords, Nate seamlessly weaves melody, harmony and rhythmic freedom. The result is music that is swinging, emotional, inventive and interesting. 2010 saw Najar release Groove Me on Woodward Avenue Records. A collaboration with Tony Award winning vocalist Melba Moore, Groove Me reached into the top 10 of the Billboard jazz chart. A St. Petersburg native who began playing guitar at age 8 and considers Django Reinhardt, Wes Montgomery and Charlie Byrd his primary inuences, Najars full length recordings on Candid Records including 2012s Blues For Night People: The Nate Najar Trio Remembers Charlie Byrd earned him accolades from critics and inuential jazz voices alike. Tickets are $15. For more information, visit bluebambooart, AUG. 8PEPPINO DAGOSTINO 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, at Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts, 1905 Kentucky Ave., Winter Park. A native of Italy, DAgostino has made his considerable international mark as a musical artist on the guitar since he arrived in America 33 years ago. In 2017 Guitar Player listed him as one of the 50 transcendent superheroes of the acoustic guitar. The CD Every Step of The Way was awarded by Acoustic Guitars Peoples Choice Awards with a Bronze medal for Best Acoustic Album of All Time. To date, DAgostino has recorded 18 CDs, and performed in more than 33 countries at international festivals and concert halls. He has shared the stage with greats such as Larry Carlton, Eric Johnson, Tommy Emmanuel, Leo Kottke, Martin Taylor, Roland Dy ens, David Tanenbaum and many more. Tickets are $20. For more information, visit bluebambooart A COLE PORTER REVIEW Through Sunday, Aug. 19, at the Winter Park Playhouse, 711 Or ange Ave. Suite C, Winter Park. An audience favorite from last years rst Florida Festival of New Musicals, Gigolo uses Cole Porter songs to tell the tale of a handsome playboy and his relationships. Inspired by the life of Por rio Rubirose, this musical revue features 25 Cole Porter classics, including Its De-Lovely, Youre The Top, Lets Do It and more. For showtimes and to buy tickets, visit HIS HENDERSON, ISRAEL & SIMPSON PROJECT On display through Dec. 31, on the second oor of the Hannibal Square Heritage Center, 642 W. New England Ave., Winter Park. Visit the Hannibal Square Heritage Center to learn of Winter Parks African-American leaders Gus C. Henderson, Frank R. Israel and Walter B. Simpson. (407) 539-2680. GALLERY TALKS ON REVIVAL AND REFORM ECLECTICISM IN THE 19TH CENTURY ENVIRONMENT 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Morse Museum, 445 N. Park Ave., Winter Park. Learn more about the rich diversity of styles, especially in leaded-glass windows, that made up the visual environment of the late-19th century in Europe and America. Space is limited, and there are no advance reservations. (407) 645-5311. CELEBRATING 75 YEARS PATHWAYS OF AMERICAN ART AT THE MORSE MUSEUM Through Sunday, Sept. 30, at the Morse Museum, 445 N. Park Ave., Winter Park. The Morse Museum opened its doors 75 years ago on Feb. 17, 1942, to provide the community with an opportunity to make art a part of their daily lives. Learn about the more than 60 objects in the exhibition, which include paintings, pottery, art glass and works on paper. Free with admission. For more infor mation, call (407) 645-5311. THIS WEEKCourtesy photo


16 WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, AUGUST 3, 2018 The Annie Russell Theatre PRESENTS THE 86TH SEASON 2018-2019 Twelve Angry Men SEPTEMBER 28 OCTOBER 6, 2018Avenue Q NOVEMBER 16 DECEMBER 1, 2018A New Play (Title TBA) FEBRUARY 15 23, 2019Sweet Charity APRIL 19 27, 2019 407.646.2145 276286 8/18/18 Track Shacks Celebration of Running 5k 9/15/18 Battle of the Bands 5k 10/28/18 U Can Finish 5 Mile & 2 Mile 1/19/19 Park Avenue 5k 2/9/19 Run 4 Love 4 Mile 3/23/19 Winter Park Road Race 10k & 2 MileRegister once for all six races at once and receiveexclusive benets all season long! Enter Today! Run to TrackShack.comRegistration Deadline: Monday, August 13, 2018 Fanatic 18 Park Press 5x8.indd 1 6/22/18 12:37 PM 275837 HARRY SAYERBLACK TIE REPORTERArt enthusiasts, rejoice Central Florida Community Arts is about to upgrade in a big way. The nonprofit, which provides art camps, classes, activities and more throughout Central Florida, recently unveiled its new School of the Arts relaunch an expanded collection of activities starting in August. Its been busy, but its been necessary, said Leah Porrata, senior director of education and outreach for CFCArts. Its such a natural next step for us. Its a big deal but its not something we had to force. CFCArts hosts its programs and activities through a network of schools, churches, community centers and other campuses across Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties. It has a number of clearly-defined activities choir, orchestra, theatre and dance lessons but Porrata and staff felt additional educational programs were becoming confusing to the community. We had several different lines of business, we had programs that didnt belong to any particular area, Prorate said. Weve taken all of these different programs at these different schools and locations out in the community and our own campuses and have put them all under the School of the Arts. CFCArts now has four main program areas for its many activities: The Academy, which provides Performing Arts classes; Arts in Action, which aids aging seniors; Arts & Wellness, which has classes for people with disabilities; and Outreach, a new program area that helps communities in need. The organization unveiled its initiative at the Re-Imagine: The Future of CFCArts event Aug. 2. Each program area will have an additional programs, including prenatal/toddler programs, internship opportunities with UCF, group classes and virtual learning. It also has partnered with several disability organizations for more classes in the Arts & Wellness area. Staff had bandied about the idea of a relaunch for several months but Porrata said an anchor donation from the Universal Orlando Foundation gave the group the boost they needed to expand. With additional help from private donors, the nonprofit has more than $250,000 to fund the new venture. Registrations are open for the new classes. The nonprot will host new activities in four program areas. CONTACTCENTRAL FLORIDA COMMUNITY ARTS WEBSITE: PHONE: (407) 937-1800Central Florida Community Arts unveils program relaunchARTS EDUCATION PROGRAM AREAS The Academy. The Academy previous existed as the School for Performing Arts and will continue to provide classes for students interested in the arts. Arts in Action. This already-existing program area helps aging seniors with the help of the Winter Park Health Foundation. Arts & Wellness. While the disabilityfocused programs have already catered to people with physical and cognitive disabilities, it now will partner with groups such as Quest Inc. and Conductive Disability Center of Orlando for new activities. Outreach. Originally a descriptive term for community programs, Outreach has been upgraded to its own program area that focuses on supporting communities in need. Courtesy photo


WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, AUGUST 3, 2018 17 We park. You play. Mercedes-Benz of Orlando. Proud sponsor of the valet at Winter Park Village 281237 When theONE-IN-CHARGEbecomes theNEXT-IN-LINE rfntbf When the becomes the 272080 515 Delaney Ave., Orlando, Florida 32801 (407) 425-4537 phone | (407) 425-7361 fax | (800) 955-8771 TTY KINNERET APARTMENTS 281234 parents, who were born in the 1920s, had him when they were in their mid-30s. While other childrens parents were listening to Elvis and Chuck Berry, Leavys folks kept it decidedly old-school with swing-era and opera tunes. He says his husband, who writes commercial jingles among other things, can play more than 30 instruments, but Leavys heart has always belonged to the piano. My favorite thing of all is when you have a great performance and a good house and theres just all that energy in that room, he said. The relationship in that room when you know the cast is nailing it and the audience is loving it. Its a drug; it releases all those endorphins.SINGALONG CABARETTheres a firm rule at the Winter Park Playhouse. No matter what song is playing, no matter how much fun youre having, dont sing and interrupt a cabaret per formance. But occasionally, Leavy likes to make an exception. Every once in a while, Ill be playing before the show, and Ill be playing background music, and people will come up and just want to stand there and sing along, he said. And I just love it when people sing along, so I said, Im going to do a sing-along! Leavy, along with singer Tay Anderson, recently performed the As Time Goes On singalong cabaret June 20 and 21. The duo played some swing-era tunes and an Andrew Sisters medley that the audience sang along to with lyric sheets. He had a specific mental image when putting the piece together, as well. I thought of old wartime canteens and this vision of an old guy playing Til We Meet Again on the piano and all the soldiers playing and all the young girls who came in to find a husband before theyd go off and get killed, he said. Im doing an Andrew Sisters medley and a lot of swing-era stuff. It was one of the last cabaret for a short while. Leavy and the rest of the playhouse are gearing up for their new season of shows. Leavy and Ned have spent the summer putting together the score for the Gigolo: The New Cole Porter Revue musical in July. MOVING FORWARD Leavy has seen the playhouse change in more ways than one in his time as music director. He just hopes he will see more change soon. Its a small theater, and in any business, the people make it but we are such a family here, he said. I cant think of any business where people have been so in-tune and focused with the same goal and are on the same wavelength. Were so supportive of each other. It very quickly became a family.Musical mastermindCONTINUED FROM PAGE 13


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