Sue Quigley

Timeworn finds at 41 & Bird

By SUE QUIGLEY

HERNANDO SUN

 

Nestled under a huge oak tree sits the cute cottage shop “41 & Bird” owned by Staci Lewis-White.

Already a successful business woman with her “The Wired Bird” store in downtown Brooksville, Staci Lewis-White said she was delighted to be able to find another venue to display her vintage, home and garden  finds.

A natural pairing: butcher shop and deli

From lamb and pork crown roasts, country bacon and homemade sausages and burgers to thick, 60-day, wet-aged ribeye steaks, traditional butcher shops offer high-quality, unusual cuts of meats prepared on the premises with huge amounts of personal pride.

One such quality purveyor of everything meaty is family-run Carlisle’s Neighborhood Meat Market. Recently relocated and expanded to newer and larger premises, its butcher shop is now at 7635 Horse Lake Road in Brooksville.

Lymphedema treatment at Oak Hill Hospital

Mention AIDS, multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s Disease and most people know what you’re talking about. But, mention lymphedema, and the condition is not familiar at all.

Yet, according to the National Institutes of Health, lymphedema affects approximately one in 1000 Americans and as many as 200 million people worldwide. 

Oak Hill Hospital has been offering lymphedema treatment services since October 2018 under the guidance of Felipe Chin P.T. D.P.T. — a nationally certified lymphedema therapist (CLT). 

Congressional action  reintroduced to end abuse of exotic cats

By SUE QUIGLEY
HERNANDO SUN WRITER

“What is often not understood is that the rampant breeding for cub petting that results in so many untracked captive animals in the U.S. is contributing to possible extinction of tigers and other big cats in the wild. The State Department has confirmed that domestic private ownership of big cats in the U.S. is problematic as they work with other nations to oppose tiger farming and trafficking”

— Carole Baskin, founder and CEO of Big Cat Rescue 

Faith-based group transforming lives

by SUE QUIGLEY
HERNANDO SUN WRITER

In 2017, a point-in-time count on just one night throughout America, found that more than a half a million people were homeless, according to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. 

Homelessness is described as “persons without a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence,” as defined by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. 

Art making its mark

by SUE QUIGLEY
HERNANDO SUN WRITER

Art. It’s an expression of creativity or imagination and spans all aspects of our lives from the visual and literary arts  to music, theatre, dance and film. Art enhances everything we do through avenues like fashion, architecture or books just to name a few. 

“One of the ways we encourage, promote, and support the creative arts in our county is the annual Art in the Park event,” said Hernando County Fine Arts Council Projects Coordinator Jan Knowles. 

Creative crafting

Article & Photography by SUE QUIGLEY

JAN. 25, 2019- Sue Plumpton and her husband, Robert, musicians for more than 25 years, are pursuing their other artistic talents to create beautiful ceramics, painting them and teaching others how to do it.

The pair, whose professional name is Short Notice, decided it was time to contemplate their other passion of collecting ceramic molds and decided to open their store Ceramics Plus. 

Winemaking the modern way

By SUE QUIGLEY
HERNANDO SUN WRITER

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALICE MARY HERDEN
 
Gone are the days where grape stomping was used in traditional winemaking to release the juices and begin the fermentation process. 

Nowadays, winemaking doesn’t have to be as theatrical or energetic and with absolutely no bare feet involved whatsoever. All one needs are the right ingredients like those sold by Lori Stover and Pat Bassett at Once Upon a Vine in Spring Hill. 

22nd annual Kumquat Festival

For one day every year a small, oval-shaped fruit with a very unusual name takes center stage in Dade City, Florida.

The fruit is the “kumquat” and the occasion is the 22nd annual Kumquat Festival being held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019 in downtown Dade City. This is an entirely free event, with free city-owned public parking and free transportation from satellite parking lots.