Author: Photography by Greg Hills

Finding Their Niche

Twenty-five years ago, Nat Jackson received a gift that would change the future of the Garden Club of Indian River County. It was an ornament from the Garden Club of Virginia, and instead of hanging it on the tree she took it straight to her club president, Mary Graves. Jackson thought their club could design their own ornaments and sell them as a fundraiser.

Music Matters

There are more than 6,800 music therapists in the United States who are board certified; over 300 live and work in the state of Florida. Indian River County had none until Burkart arrived on the scene, toting her guitar, experience and a deep desire to help others.

The Art Of The Silver Screen

Like good literature, good movies present ideas and stimulate the intellectually curious to explore different viewpoints and theories – many times with a historical or social perspective and often in visually and artistically experimental ways. And just like a good book, a good film lends itself to study, discussion and further thought.

Food For The Gods

Jeremy Crews, a second-generation local apiarist and commercial beekeeper, has been extracting and selling nutritionally dense raw honey straight from the comb ever since he took over his father’s business in 2012. Unprocessed raw honey is one of nature’s purest superfoods, containing 5,000 live enzymes, 27 minerals and 22 protein-rich amino acids.

A Tale Of Ships And Songs

True story. A man buys a 90-year-old, broken-down wood sailboat because he likes its lines. He marries the female dock master to win a bet, and together they spend the next 30 years living on board, restoring the recalcitrant money pit with no help from their rambunctious crew of eight Chihuahuas.

Down to a Science

After high school, Martel enrolled in a local junior college then transferred to the University of Miami to study biology. And a little art ... I was two weeks late getting into the class and the teacher wasn’t too happy about it, but I showed him a few pieces of my artwork. He said, ‘You’re a realist. Why don’t you think about medical illustration?’”