This article originally appeared in the South Marion Citizen Newspaper on May 18th, 2014.
A new painted horse was unveiled on Derby Day at SummerGlen. Last fall the Gourmet Club decided to do something nice for their fellow residents and it was decided that the gift would be in the form of one of the Ocala Painted horses to be placed on the grassy lawn in front of the Residents Hall and Pool.
Karla Marsh aptly did the research and made all of the arrangements to have the horse shipped from Chicago where it was manufactured. She was the “go to person” for anything that needed to be done (other then the painting) including getting the finished piece hauled to a local body shop for clear coating protection from the weather and supervising the mounting on the concrete plinth.
The horse arrived in early March, six feet three inches tall, sparkling white and made of fiberglass. He had to be mounted on a temporary platform and was then moved to a private location for his transformation. The group of SummerGlen artists, Pat Ford, Bob and Helen Jewell, De Stosnowski, Helen Pagano and Betty Guyer began work by sanding and giving him a double coat of pink primer. Then they layered on the many coats of paint it took to transform him. His final coat consisted of gold hand-designed abstract filigree work, on top of his handsome deep toned finish.
He was presented to the community by Gourmet Club President, Dahrie Hayman on a rainy May 5 at 4 p.m. as part of the Derby Day Celebration that takes place annually in SummerGlen. The community’s public buildings were all modeled after Churchill Downs. The day finished with a Derby Day Banquet complete with food, fancy hats and viewing the Kentucky Derby run for the roses.
We have already mentioned the library for story-time and reading programs, but did you know that the library offers free arts and crafts days during the summer? Many local libraries put on these events to interest and attract children to reading. The arts and crafts projects are typically based on a specific book that they read to children during or after the program. After the program is over, stay in the library and check out some good books for your children to read. Have some fun while nurturing a love for reading. For more information on summer programs sponsored by your local library please visit http://www.ocls.info/programs/srp/default.asp?from=pb
Edith “Edie” Hewitt was born in Levittown, NY on July 20th, 1962. She spent her childhood in New York and recalls always being active in outdoor sports. Edie spent her days at the pool where her mother coached her and her two older sisters to the elite level of championship swimming and diving. At the age of 15 Edie and her family relocated to Orlando, Florida where she later graduated from Colonial High School. Edie started her career at 20 years old and took a job at Disney in the health insurance department. She also went to Winter Park Vo-Tech and completed courses in Medical Terminology, CPT Coding, and Medical Billing. A naturally hard worker Edie moved through the ranks quickly and was promoted to a Medical Claims Processor. After a 19 year tenure with Disney the health insurance department was outsourced and Edie began working for a local real estate company before joining the Leland Team in January 2006. Edie says that Leland is her second family and that she genuinely loves her job.
At home Edie takes care of her husband Dean and two dogs: Diesel and Biscuit. She loves to travel and has been to Niagara Falls, the Grand Canyon, and New Mexico to see the Hot Air Balloon Fiesta. Still an avid fan of the outdoors she enjoys fishing on her boat and waterskiing. She also went tandem skydiving in Deland and says it was the biggest thrill of her life and would do it again in a heartbeat.
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