Vero Beach Magazine - February 2016

A Bit Of Elegance And Sophistication

Born Angelika Fäs in Sankt Gallen, a small town in Switzerland, Angie’s life reads like a fairy tale – one of excitement, travel and adventure. But it’s also a story of determination, grit and sheer hard work. Angie tells me she had always dreamed of destinations far away. “I wanted to see bigger things. I wanted to go to cities. It bothered me we had no train station [in her home town] as I wanted to leave quickly and go somewhere.”

Telling “Her Story”

Suzy Farbman will never forget the words she heard 12 years ago. No matter how many friends and relatives you have lost to cancer or how many terrifying statistics you may have read, the brain resists a cancer diagnosis. Yet there she was in her doctor’s office, about to start out on a medical and spiritual journey that would involve three surgeries, six rounds of chemotherapy, 33 days of radiation, too many scans and medications to count – and above all, a new awareness of God’s presence.

Breathing Life Into Those Who Have Gone Before

Most of us know who our parents and grandparents are, but beyond that the family picture often gets a little fuzzy. Thanks to the Indian River Genealogical Society, that picture can start to become much clearer. Just ask Marg Putzke, Diane Macgowan, Chuck Bainus and Cynthia “Cindy” Hineman, who are walking, talking advertisements for the nonprofit that provides instruction on how to research, retrieve, organize, index, preserve and disseminate genealogical information through programs, classes, workshops and seminars.

Pure & Simple

Mary Ann Hilton, president and co-owner of Blue Dolphin Soap LLC, started hand-making her natural soap 25 years ago. Although she and her husband, Bill, both grew up in Florida, they were living in California when she and a friend first signed up for a soapmaking class. One class led to another; and before they knew it, Mary Ann and her friend were devoting so much time, energy and space to making their soaps for family and friends that their husbands issued an ultimatum, “Back off or start selling this stuff!” They chose the second option and began carting their soaps off to Bay Area green markets and craft fairs.

Funny Business

Interestingly enough, comedy was secondary for more than half of his life. It’s not that Barry didn’t have a “funny” destiny. Both of his parents, particularly his mom, were comic inspirations. “The atmosphere of our house was that you didn’t take things too seriously,” the humorist says. “Nothing was sacred. My parents were able to laugh about a lot of things, including sometimes tragic things, because why not? I was a little surprised when I went out into the world and found out that not everyone’s parents were as funny as mine.”

For Love Of The Land

When Carol Twyman talks about how she and her husband, Jeff, ended up building a home in John’s Island, the sparkle in her eyes says there’s more to the story than square footage, bricks and mortar. After years of short seasonal stays in their riverfront home near the Environmental Learning Center, the Twymans decided it was time to either renovate or relocate. Jeff was in the process of selling Greenline Foods, a produce company he founded 25 years ago, and looking forward to pursuing other interests. Carol was anticipating spending more time with family and tending to her garden.

A Historic Gathering At Historic Dodgertown

Last November, three generations of O’Malleys gathered at Historic Dodgertown for their first-ever family reunion of such magnitude. Finding a time when the schedules of all 46 people jibed and getting everyone together in the same place at the same time was no simple feat; but if anyone could make it happen, it was the O’Malleys. After all, their family has a pretty impressive track record when it comes to uniting people.

A Different Perspective

Indian River by Air is a local family-run operation that puts ever-changing aerial views of the county’s unique and scenic vistas as close as your computer or mobile device. Log onto the Indian River by Air website and take in what pilot John Massung aloft in his powered parachute sees. Flying at about 27 miles per hour with his digital camera on sport mode, he captures amazing images: white pelicans flying over the Indian River Lagoon, schooling sharks offshore, turtle tracks along Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, a giant manta ray off the coast of Sebastian Inlet or a morning mist covering precise rows of citrus trees as far as the eye can see. It’s John’s way of sharing what he sees as he soars from 400 to 1,200 feet above ground or water from about 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. most days as long as the weather cooperates.

Capturing The Light

The work of one of the 19th century’s most versatile painters, Martin Johnson Heade, will be featured at the Vero Beach Museum of Art beginning February 6. With paintings on loan from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the exhibition is unique in that it will include the paintings of a number of Heade’s predecessors and contemporaries in order to put his work into historical context.