Social Scene | March 2023

Robert Wilson, an avid Florida history re-enactor, works with charcoal chimneys as part of the city of Ocala Recreation & Parks Department’s Cast Iron Cooking Class at the Fort King National Historic Landmark on January 28th. The students prepared a meal using cast iron Dutch ovens and a cauldron, heated by charcoal briquettes and a wood fire.

Photo by Bruce Ackerman

Cast Iron Cooking Class
Photos by Bruce Ackerman

On January 28th, students learned about the history and care of cast iron cooking vessels, then prepared and ate a meal. Classes also will be held on March 18th, September 16th and October 21st, each with a different menu. The class is one of many offered by the city of Ocala’s Recreation and Parks Department.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. March
Photos by Bruce Ackerman

The morning of January 16th was cold and windy, but that did not deter the hundreds of people who participated in the annual march to honor Dr. King. Groups and individual marchers made the 1-mile walk from the downtown square to the Dr. MLK Jr. Recreational Complex.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day In the Park
Photos by Bruce Ackerman

Following the annual march on January 16th, participants enjoyed a day of festivities that included speakers, entertainment, a variety of vendors and community groups. The march and event at the park were organized by the MLK Commemorative Commission, Inc.

Bluegrass and BBQ
Photos by Bruce Ackerman

On January 20th, the Tuscawilla Art Park Series kicked off with a festive event that included music by Appalachian Road Show and The Wandering Hours and barbecue prepared by Big Lee’s Serious About BBQ and Country Boyz BBQ, with desserts from Big Man’s Café.

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