Magazine
Stocking Stuffers for Anyone Who Camps November 20th, 2018 by Curtis Condon

Stocking stuffers are often an afterthought. But they don’t have to be. This year, break the cycle of sweets, books, knickknacks—and all the usual stocking stuffers—and get something outdoor enthusiasts on your list will enjoy more. The key is to...


Dreaming of a White Christmas? November 20th, 2018 by Pamela A. Keene

You actually can have a white Christmas in Florida, if you know where to find it. Several major attractions produce snow, including Disney’s Celebration in Orlando, Winterfest Reindeer Games in Pensacola and WinterFEST at Adventure Landing in Jacksonville Beach. But...


Keeping Memories Alive November 20th, 2018 by David LaBelle

In seconds they are lost forever—our homes, our dreams, our irreplaceable heirlooms and precious photographs—memories devoured by roaring winds, racing flames or trespassing waves of water. Fifty years ago, churning floodwaters swept away our family home, taking my mother’s life...


Toys for Tots November 20th, 2018 by Juan D. Alfonso

How one Marine’s dream became a foundation for hope On a chilly night in Sunrise, Florida, last December, thousands of hockey fans crowded into ticket lines for the Florida Panthers game. Among the mass, the distinctive dress blue uniforms of...


Jolly Elf Finds Magic November 20th, 2018 by Pamela A. Keene

Florida Santa inducted into International Hall of Fame Bob Elkin was quite a clown—a Shrine clown, that is—until one day in 1993 when his 3-year-old granddaughter Rhianna’s day care needed him. The center’s Santa didn’t show up for a holiday...


Healing Vets With Rod and Reel October 20th, 2018 by Brandon Pomrenke

Annual fishing event in the Florida Keys brings together disabled veterans and volunteers for three days of camaraderie and adventure “Whoa, flying fish!” “Man, this is going to be great!” Noticeably absent from the cheerful calls heard over the whir...


Former Chef Carves Career in Ice October 20th, 2018 by Pam Windsor

Job creating frozen displays for an upscale restaurant inspires ice-carving business In the midst of the Florida heat, Joe Rimer spends most of his days in freezing cold temperatures chipping away at blocks of ice, creating frozen works of art....


Half of Americans Get Outdoors October 20th, 2018 by Curtis Condon

The United States is a nation of outdoor lovers. As proof, consider that more than 146 million Americans participated in outdoor activities in 2017, according to the Outdoor Industry Association’s annual survey report released in July. That represents 49 percent...


Enjoy a Night Under the Stars October 20th, 2018 by Pamela A. Keene

The sound of the surf crashing to the shore sets the scene for a great night’s sleep under a blanket of sparkling stars. Florida has more than 900 campgrounds at state parks, attraction-related campgrounds and private camping facilities. With relatively...


Teacher, Teach Thyself October 20th, 2018 by David LaBelle

There is a Bible verse—a rhetorical question—that asks, “You, then, who teaches others, do you not teach yourself?” In a rare moment recently, I decided to leave my camera and cellphone in my hotel room and take a walk on...