The special needs rec center announced its plans to expand at its recent gala. | Story by Sascha Mills | Photos by Sascha Mills & Kathryn Deen | Central Florida Dreamplex is so much more than a recreation and fitness center. It’s a beautiful mission field that brings wellness, community and athletics to those with special needs. Or, as they describe it, “Ordinary sports for … Continue reading Dreamplex Reaches for the Stars
| By Christopher Gousse | After taking a few images in the Clermont area, I stumbled across a bright blue and orange building that I’ve always looked over in the past. I decided to finally get a closer look at the building and I’m glad I did! The inside of Energy Lab Cafe is absolutely what you’d expect from a modern coffee shop — state-of-the-art … Continue reading Photo Moment: Energy Lab Cafe
Celebrating wines from around the world in Downtown Clermont | By Larry Oskin | Once upon a time, Clermont did not have a wine shop. What began as a simple concept in May 2004 developed into Bacchus Vino Etcetera, a cozy, popular store in Downtown Clermont. (You’ll find it at 692 W. Montrose St., next to the Clermont City Center.) Bacchus, named after the Roman God … Continue reading Bacchus Vino Etcetera: A Wine Lover’s Delight
| By Lisa Graham | This is a story about love and acceptance, fur and photography. Let’s start from the beginning. I was mesmerized by a pair of baby blue eyes. Late one Sunday evening in 2014 , I saw a posting on Pet Finder for a sweet-faced Siamese/Hemingway mix named Cleo who was longing to find her forever home. Cleo was so beautiful, I was … Continue reading A Purr-fect Rescue Fairy ‘Tail’
Disney’s Newsies comes to life onstage Sept. 7-30 in Clermont | By Rod Thorell | You may be looking at the title and thinking why “Theatre Dad” and not “Theater Parents?” Because mom doesn’t have her own column in a digital magazine about one of the country’s fastest growing and most livable cities and I do — deal with it. This is my story. Our … Continue reading Humor Column: Theater Dad Says Go See His Kid in Newsies!
The Clermont resident just released an inspirational book | By Kathryn Deen | There once was a girl who could outrun all the boys in her town. Now, Veronica Campbell Brown, 36, can outrun almost anyone in the world. You may have heard of “VCB.” The three-time Olympic gold medalist in track and field happens to be a proud Clermont resident. Veronica’s claims to fame … Continue reading Champion Spotlight: Olympic Gold Medalist ‘VCB’
| By Rod Thorell | When was the last time you actually LOL’d IRL? (You know, Laughed Out Loud In Real Life?) I mean a full-body belly laugh that takes you over and pushes out all the stress of your week. As I get older, I find myself getting grumpier and grumpier. Seeking relief from this malady by going to a comedy show at a … Continue reading LOL IRL at Downtown’s Improv Show