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August 15 @ 6:30 pm
Book Club – Monday, August 15th at 6:30 pm at the Friendship Park
A book club is starting for Meadow Wood Farms residents. The first book discussion is being held on Monday, August 15th at 6:30 pm at the Friendship Park. We will be discussing “The Li-brarian of Saint-Malo” by Mario Escobar. Come join in!
Do you enjoy reading and want to learn more about Marion County. A couple of books have be-come available this year that you might enjoy.
The Way It Was – A Trek Through Marion County’s Past, Volume 2 by David Cook
Journalist David Cook educated and entertained readers for years through his The Way It Was columns in the Ocala Star-Banner. Through his writing accompanied by historic photo-graphs, many newcomers came to learn about the community and longtime residents remembered events from the past.
In 2019, Cook published The Way It Was: A Trek Through Marion County’s Past, with some help from his friends at the Historic Ocala Preservation Society (HOPS), who underwrote the publication costs and noted local artist Margaret “Peggy” Watts, whose artwork adorned the cover. Cook died in 2020 and his family followed his notes to select more 60 columns and photographs to create The Way It Was: A Trek Through Marion County’s Past, Volume 2. HOPS and Watts also provided support and cover art for the second volume. Cook’s family is once again donating proceeds from the book sales to HOPS.
The new book can be found at Your Heart’s Desire, 1915 E. Silver Springs Blvd.; the Shannon Roth Collection, 22 S. Magnolia Ave.; and HOPS headquarters, 712 SE Fort King St., all in Ocala.
Winner’s Circle. The Legacy of the Florida Thoroughbred Industry by JoAnn Guidry
The limited-edition book chronicles the history of Ocala’s thoroughbred industry through the stories of the 12 Florida-bred racehorses currently in the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame and two possible future inductees. Included in the book is a chapter about Ocala Stud, which was established in 1956 and is the oldest active Florida thoroughbred operation.
Winner’s Circle can be purchased at the headquarters of the Ocala Metro Chamber & Enconomic Partnership at 310 SE Third St., Ocala (352) 629-8051 and FTBOA at 801 SW 60th Ave., Ocala (352) 629-2160. You can also check out this book from the Marion County Public Library System.