Social Scene | December 2022

Thousands of people crowded into the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion on November 5th for the 41st annual Marion County Chili Cook-off to benefit The Cornerstone School. 

Photo by Bruce Ackerman
Pictured: Front: Hailey Wood; Top, from left: Rebecca Wood, Gary Martz Jr., Brandie Thurston and Patricia Martz

Great Florida Cattle Drive Social
HERLONG MANSION
Photos by Bruce Ackerman

The Great Florida Cattle Drive 2022—Celebrating 500 Years of Cattle in Florida takes place December 4th-10th. On October 20th, the Florida Cow Culture Preservation Committee hosted a festive sign-up soiree in Micanopy.

Ocala Arts Festival
DOWNTOWN OCALA
Photos by Bruce Ackerman

Fine Arts For Ocala’s 55th annual Ocala Arts Festival on October 22nd and 23rd drew a record-breaking crowd and showcased the works of professional, student and emerging artists. The Best of Show award went to William Kidd.

MCA Block Party
BRICK CITY CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Photos by Bruce Ackerman

The Marion Cultural Alliance hosted a unique opening reception on November 4th during which ticket-holders received a piece of donated art created by celebrities, local artists and others. The works were on display in November for all to enjoy.

Ocala High School Class of ’58 Reunion
ANNA AND LARRY MOODY FARM
Photos by Bruce Ackerman

On October 22nd, 33 members of the class gathered to share a meal, memorabilia and memories. The hosts graduated with the class: Larry was a quarterback with the Ocala Wildcats and Anna was a cheerleader.

Marion County Chili Cook-Off
SOUTHEASTERN LIVESTOCK PAVILION
Photos by Bruce Ackerman

On November 5th, the pavilion was jam-packed with folks supporting the annual Cornerstone School fundraiser. The event included entertainment and a car show. The winners included: Judge’s Choice Chili, Florida Twirling Academy; People’s Choice Chili, Marion County Fire Rescue.

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