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A Quick Q&A With Chrissy Metz
Chrissy Metz stars on NBC’s hit show This Is Us. Her breakthrough performance as Kate Pearson won her critical acclaim and propelled her into the international spotlight. Her debut book, This Is Me: Loving the Person You Are Today, is a witty, poignant and engaging read. The Florida-native presents a touchingly human account of her childhood, early struggles, rise to fame and journey to find her place in the world. The book goes beyond your typical autobiography, offering many insightful life lessons from a fascinating life in progress. Ocala Style got the chance to chat with Chrissy recently about all these topics and more. Read on.
Why did you want to write a memoir?
I had so many people come up to me and say all these really wonderful things. And they would ask, ‘How did you get to this point in your life? How did you find success?’ They really seemed to want to know my story. I always say that we find freedom in speaking our truth, and, in turn, it helps other people to do the same thing. I believe you have to accept yourself for who you are right now, if you ever want to get to the place you want to be. We get on this cyclical train of ‘I’m not this, I’m not that.’ And once you’re there, you can’t see a way to get off that ride. But when you get out of your own way, choose to be of service and give back more, there is this whole shift that happens.
What one message do you hope readers will take away from the book?
You are good enough, just as you are. I think that is what everything boils down to. There is a meaningful reason you are here—many, many reasons. You are worthy.
Why do you think that This Is Us so popular?
I think the show is really helping people understand and talk about their feelings. So often people will say to me, ‘Oh my gosh, it makes me cry so much.’ That’s something you really don’t hear people say that often. It’s powerful.
What is it that you love about our area?
Being from Gainesville, I have a real nostalgia for the area, and, of course, my family is there. I can honestly say that I didn’t fully appreciate it until I moved away. When I am back, I find that the people are so kind and thoughtful. I have so many memories and places there that I love. I love the rolling hills, the springs and the beaches. It’s a slower pace of life, where people are able to enjoy things and not just rush from one thing to the next thing. My sister lives in Ocala, and I’ve come to really appreciate it. I just like to drive around all that beautiful horse country. And I have to give a shout out to Twistee Treat. I do love me some soft serve!
Join Chrissy on her This Is Me Tour locally at either the Barnes & Noble at Colonial Plaza Market Center in Orlando on Saturday, March 31, or “In Conversation with DAYTIME’s Cyndi Edwards & Jerry Penacoli” at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater on Monday, April 2. › Want more info? › Visit info.harpercollins.com/thisisme
Keep It Local
Write Your Memoir: Leave a Legacy in Words
Master The Possibilities Adult Education Center › 8415 SW 80th Street, Ocala › April 7 & 21 › 1-4pm › masterthepossibilities.org
Award-winning Ocala author and editor Belea T. Keeney will present a two-part course designed to teach you to get your special memories down on paper, proper story structure and organizational techniques. She even provides editorial feedback.
“Everyone has a story to tell,” Keeney explains. “We’ll be doing writing exercises in class, optional homework and reading excerpts from memoirs.” Keeney has edited such notable books as the award-winning cancer memoir Coulda Shoulda Woulda by Spring Hill-author Kenna Marriott, Face of a Miracle by Jodi Sampson and For the Record by Don Tolle. Keeney is also the author of several celebrated works of fiction, including The Tiger Whisperer and Out of Joint.
TCM Big Screen Classics Presents GREASE
Hollywood 16 › 2801 SW 27th Ave, Ocala › April 8 & 11 › 2pm & 7pm show times
We’re still Hopelessly Devoted to Ocala’s own John Travolta, and Grease is still the one that we want. One of Hollywood’s original blockbusters is returning to movie theaters nationwide to celebrate its 40th anniversary, featuring Travolta and Olivia Newton-John as star-crossed lovers and a feel-good soundtrack that includes “Greased Lightnin’,” “Look At Me, I’m Sandra Dee,” “Hopelessly Devoted To You” and “Beauty School Drop Out”. This special presentation from Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and Paramount Pictures coincides with the release of a special 40th anniversary edition Blu-ray/DVD on April 24.
Mark Raisch Live at The Auditorium
Marion Oaks Community Center, MSTU › 294 Marion Oaks Lane, Ocala › April 26, 7-9pm
Mark Raisch describes his show as a concert, a nightclub act, comedy show and a dance party. Locals agree that the popular crooner, who performs hits from Frank Sinatra right up to Bruno Mars, delivers an energetic evening filled with some great music, entertaining stories and a healthy dose of humor. Doors open at 6:30pm. Tickets are $5 advance purchase or $8 at the door. For more information, call (352) 438-2830.
Downtown To Dos
April 6 › First Friday Art Walk, downtown Ocala, 6pm
April 6 › A Walk For Children’s Mental Health, Citizens’ Circle, 5:30pm
April 7 › Superintendent’s Literacy Festival, Citizens’ Circle 10am
Upcoming Events In The Villages
April 2 › Dyngus Day Celebration, Brownwood Paddock Square
April 4 › The Platters, Savannah Center
April 5 › Late Nite Catechism, Savannah Center
April 6 › Tartan Day Celebration, Lake Sumter Landing
April 6 › The Lovin’ Spoonful, Savannah Center
April 8 › Artists ‘Round the Square, Lake Sumter Landing
April 9 › The Coasters, Savannah Center
April 21 › Cruise In Classic Car Show, Spanish Springs
May 2 › Four Tops Revue, Savannah Center
May 10 › Rock and Roll All-stars, Savannah Center
May 16 › Mary Wilson, Savannah Center
Arts, Crafts and Culture
Upcoming Exhibits At The Appleton › Folk Couture: Fashion and Folk Art includes 15 original ensembles and 23 works of art from the collection of the American Folk Art Museum. Runs through April 29. The Series of Cphace includes images that depict natural phenomena captured with a converted camera that records infrared waves of the electromagnetic light spectrum that are invisible to the naked eye. Runs through July 22. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455.
Summer Art Camp at the Appleton (Through August 4) › The Appleton Museum of Art will offer 17 week-long summer art camps for students age 4 and older and two-week pottery camps for ages 7-12 and teens. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455, ext. 1613.
Appleton After Hours (April 5) › The Appleton Museum will host an evening of live entertainment, special displays of artwork by the Ocala Art Group and hors d’oeuvres from local restaurants from 5-8pm. The event is free for members and $15 for nonmembers. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455.
Central Florida Master Choir Concert (April 8, 15, 20) › The Central Florida Master Choir will present its 2018 spring concert, Ein deutsches Requiem by Johannes Brahms. The April 8 concert will be held at Countryside Presbyterian Church at 3pm. The April 15 concert will be at Dunnellon Presbyterian Church at 3pm, and the April 20 concert will be at the Reilly Arts Center at 7pm. cfmasterchoir.com or (352) 615-7677.
Magical Night at the Museum (April 14) › The Appleton Museum will host an evening of adventure around the museum. The event runs 6-9pm, and advanced ticket purchase is recommended. Tickets are $35 for a family and $10 for individual members or $50 for a family and $15 for an individual nonmembers. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455.
Jerod Stephen Doyle: LIVE (April 21) › This unique improv trio creates music from their surroundings in a live reactionary setting. They will be performing in Tuscawilla Park from 7-10pm. Admission is free. ocalafl.org or (352) 629-8447.
Inspired Fashion Show (April 21) › The Appleton Museum will host an art-inspired fashion show with VIP guest designer and Project Runway star Fabio Costa. Hors d’oeuvres and sparkling wine are included. On April 22 at 2pm, Fabio Costa will speak at the museum. Cost is $10 for nonmembers. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455.
Marion Civic Chorale Concert (April 22, 29, May 6) › The Marion Civic Chorale will present its Spring Concert series featuring music by American composers and others. The April 22 concert will be held at the Countryside Presbyterian Church, the April 29 concert will be at Ocala West United Methodist Church and the May 6 concert will be at First Presbyterian Church in Ocala. All concerts begin at 3pm, and admission is free. Donations to help fund the Grat L. Rosazza music scholarship are appreciated. marionchorale.org.
Call to Artists (April 23) › The Magnolia Art Xchange will present Reflections, a student and emerging artist exhibition and juried art competition. Interested artists will have the chance to compete for $2,000 in prize money and work will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. The deadline to submit entries is April 23. The exhibition runs May 9-July 26 at City Hall. maxocala.org or (352) 629-8414.
Charity Golf Tournament (April 7) › The Knights of Columbus will host their annual charity golf tournament at the Stone Creek Golf Club. Registration is $65 and includes coffee and donuts, golfers’ buffet lunch and golf with cart. Registration begins at 7:30am, with a shotgun start at 8am. (352) 502-3093.
Race Against Child Abuse (April 7) › Kimberly’s Cottage will host a 5K run in downtown Ocala. The run will begin at the Marion Technical Institute at 8am. Registration is $25 and includes a T-shirt. There will also be a kids’ fun run for $5 per child. kcrace.com or (352) 873-4739.
Ocala Civic Theatre Fundraiser (April 13) › The 27th annual golf tournament to benefit the Ocala Civic Theatre will take place at Candler Hills Golf Club. Registration begins at 11am, with the tournament starting at 1pm. The cost is $85 per player. (352) 236-2851, ext. 104
Corporate Run For the Springs 5K (April 14) › A 5K run will be held at the Frank DeLuca YMCA. The event benefits projects associated with preserving the health of Florida’s Springs. The run begins at 8am. marionfl.org or (352) 671-8686.
Earthfest at Arbor Day (April 21) › Tuscawilla Park will host this annual event featuring a youth fishing derby, archery, games, live entertainment, food trucks, vendors and more. The event will be held 10am-2pm, and admission is free. ocalafl.org or (352) 368-5517.
Ride for the Arts (April 21) › The City of Ocala presents the fourth annual Ride for the Arts Gran Fondo. The event features a 70-, 40- or 15-mile ride option. Proceeds benefit the Marion Cultural Alliance. rideforthearts.com or (352) 369-1500.
Pack Walk (April 22) › In partnership with Marion County Animal Services, Silver Springs State Park will give volunteers the opportunity to walk dogs available for adoption at 10am. Dog walkers must be 16 years of age, but all are welcome to join the walk. silversprings.com or (352) 261-5840.
Other Fun Stuff!
Ocala Health Events › A diabetes support group will be held April 4, and a gall bladder seminar will take place on April 6. A sciatic workshop and a safety seminar will both take place April 11, and a self-defense class for seniors will take place April 18. All programs will be held at the Senior Wellness Community Center in Ocala. Advanced registration is required. ocalahealthsystem.com or (800) 530-1188.
Garden Show and Plant Sale (April 7) › The Seedlings Garden Club of McIntosh will host their annual garden show and plant sale at Van Ness Park from 9am-4pm. Proceeds benefit student scholarships to Camp Wekiva. (352) 316-1613 or (352) 361-3375.
Butterfly and Blueberry Festival (April 7-8, 14-15, 21-22) › Timberline Farm will host its 8th annual festival featuring a butterfly garden, music, trains, pony rides, farm animals, educational programs and more. The festival runs 10am-6pm on Saturdays and noon-6pm on Sundays. Admission is $8 for adults and $6 for students. timberlinefarm.net or (352) 454-4113.
Personal Safety Class (April 10) › A personal safety class will be held at the Marion County Sheriff’s Department EOC Building at 6pm. The class is free. (352) 369-6762.
Stewards of Children Seminar (April 11) › A course to help adults learn the five steps to preventing child abuse will take place at the Ocala Police Department’s Community Room from 2-4pm. Free and open to the public. (352) 873-4739.
Florida Storytelling Festival (April 12-15) › The Lakeside Inn in Mount Dora will host the annual Florida Storytelling Festival. Several events will be free and open to the public while others require pre-registration. flstory.com or call (800) 327-1796.
After Dark in the Park Movie Series (April 13) › The Jervey Gantt Recreation Complex will host this family-friendly event with a showing of the film Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Popcorn and drinks will be available for purchase, and guests are asked to bring a lawn chair or blanket. The event is free. ocalafl.org or (352) 368-5540.
Yard Sale (April 14) › The Episcopal Church Women of Grace Episcopal Church will hold a yard sale in the parish hall from 7am-2pm. Proceeds benefit local non-profit organizations in Ocala. (352) 347-2549.
L.E.A.F. Series at Sholom Park (April 20) › The L.E.A.F. series at Sholom Park will host Dr. Kristy Hollingshead Seitz, a research scientist with the Institute for Human & Machine Cognition to discuss “The Importance of Social Engagement.” The lecture will take place at 10:30am and is free. sholompark.org or (352) 873-0848 ext. 7650.
Fun at the Park (May 6) › Sholom Park will host a music and art event from 1-4pm featuring live music and a chance for guests to mingle with local artists. Artwork will be available for purchase. Admission is free. sholompark.org or (352) 873-0848, ext. 7650.