Author: Deborah Borfitz

On The Trail In Micanopy

Two hundred miles to our north and west in Alachua County hides the tiny town of Micanopy, with a resident population of 800 and a single traffic light. During the 1960s and ’70s, it was home to a funky but thriving art colony with feeder traffic from the nearby University of Florida

Forever Florida, Forever Fun

Rural Kenansville, 60 miles west and north of Vero Beach, may be the only place one can still get a bird’s-eye view of what Florida looked like when the Spanish first arrived 500 years ago. The tiny unincorporated Osceola County town is home to an expansive preserve and ecological theme park, appropriately called Forever Florida.

The Little Choir that Could

Nothing says Christmas better than caroling children. Joyously for audiences of the Atlantic Children’s Chorale (ACC), yuletide performances at the Community Church of Vero Beach will be highly tuned and polished, as is the custom of the 21-voice community choir.

A Labor Of Love

Week after week, they came in droves. There were bank managers and office workers, a horticulturist and a librarian, a circle of 50 friends and staff from Sea Oaks, and winter visitors from New York and Kentucky.

The Colorful World of a Renaissance Man

For artist Mark Philip Wygonik, who once regarded himself as “just” a graphic designer, the ’90s were a defining decade. They brought him accolades for his directorial debut and theatre set designs, lessons in brokering art, and induction into an art institute’s Alumni Hall of Fame. They also brought him perspective.