Historic Ocala… what a past!

Historic Ocala… what a past!

Yesterday I had the privilege to meet with someone (Bettie DeBary) that was very knowledgeable about the History of Ocala. What a pleasure to sit and listen to the history of the early days, some of which dated past the native Indians… Our time was limited, so Bettie was not able to go into great detail of many of the events that happened here so long ago. So she touched on several topics… Oh, how I wished I had all day with her.

Bettie’s great-great-grandfather came here in 1837. Peter Hale was on her paternal side. He was a dragoon [a mounted infantryman armed with a short musket] and had several assignments in Florida. Fort King was one of his stations. She also has a Native American heritage also, folks from the Carolinas who could be Cherokee.

Bettie told me that her husband Earl had even more knowledge of History here than she did. I found that hard to believe, since she was so interesting to hear and just full of knowledge herself.

I have this great desire to learn more about our Ocala history. I can’t wait to meet with her again, and possibly get a tour of Historic Ocala.

If you are interested and want to know about Historic Ocala, give me a call, 352-208-5874 to further discuss.

Teresa Fikaris, “Your Ocala Buyers Agent” 352-208-5874

Left- Picture of Earl, Bettie and their son Jeremy DeBary- Living History Interpreters~

Merry Christmas everyone!

Merry Christmas everyone!

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

I’m thankful for the knowledge of this truth… I will rejoice and be glad!

Merry Christmas everyone!

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OCALA EVENTS… Be sure to check out these UPCOMING events!

Festival of Lights: Bigger and better than ever! The holidays truly glow with the magic of the season at Silver Springs with more than a million twinkling lights and shimmering neon displays. The 2011 Festival of Lights is the most lavish yet, enchanting all who behold the sight from dusk until 8:00 pm each day. December 16th – 24th, 26th – 31st

Silver Springs

Silver Springs Festival of Lights

Festival of Lights is included with any All Day General Admission, or come in after 4:00pm with Festival of Lights-admission: Adults: $10.99 Children (age 3-10): $8.99 Children (age 0-2): Free

MOVIE UNDER THE LIGHTS: Showing the holiday family film  “A Christmas Story” starts at 6PM Monday, December 19, 2011, on Ocala’s Downtown Square… FREE (352-629-8444) Bring your own chair or blanket.


TRAINS AT THE HOLIDAY: Annual disply of scale model trains in elaborate settings runs through December 30th at the Webber Center Gallery. 3oo1 SW College Rd. Ocala. Hours 11 am to 5 pm daily… FREE (352-401-0747)

Trains for the Holidays, Webber Center Gallery






Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen, at the Appleton Museum of Art in Ocala, comes directly from Kent State University Museum and is the star’s personal collection of costumes from her six-decade career. Among the garments on display are the actress’ beloved trousers, worn by a handful of half mannequins lying in repose, sitting with legs crossed and even upside down with legs spread wide—a play off one of the actress’ publicity shots depicting the athletic young star in a headstand. “She found a style she liked and she had it made again and again and again,” explained Jean Druesedow, Director of the Kent State University Museum.

Katherine Hepburn

Horses, History and Heros


Presented by Save the Marion Theatre Group…

Wednesday, December 21, 5-7 pm~ Downtown
Marion Theatre by Robin McCallum

Movie opening Christmas Day at the Marion Theatre


5 pm Horse Parade around Downtown Square Horse drawn sleigh from Ocala Carriage & ToursQuarter Horse Joey look-alike (the Horse in the film)

For ticket information call 352-390-2731 


Teresa Fikaris- REALTOR

For more of what’s happening in Ocala, or if you know someone looking to purchase a home, call me, Teresa Fikaris 352-208-5874

 “Your Ocala Buyers Agent”

What’s Happening- December 10th- December 31st


Silver Springs Blvd, from 25th Ave. to NE 8th Ave.




DECEMBER 18TH- CAROLS FROM AROUND THE WORLD:     3:00 pm, Central FL Master Choir at Dunnellon Presbyterian Church Free www.cfmasterchoir.com

DECEMBER 19TH- MOVIE UNDER THE LIGHTS: “A Christmas Story” 6:00 pm, Downdown Square- Free- bring your own chairs.

DECEMBER 21ST- MENORAH LIGHTING: Hanukkah starts-Downdown Square 6:00 pm

DECEMBER 31st- TRIBUTE TO PATSY CLINE: ORGANGE BLOSSOM OPRY- Lorri Gill sings a muscial tribute. Weirsdale 7:30 pm www.obopry.com

Teresa Fikaris, Your Ocala Buyers Agent www.ocalabuyersagent.com

New Restaurant “Braised Onion” Opening thisTuesday

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Loring Felix, who successfully ran a top-notch restaurant, “Felix’s” in the historic 1890 House on Silver Springs Boulevard for most of the last decade, is returning to the kitchen. He and his wife, Marge Newsom-Felix said that they are taking over operation of the new place located at 752 NE 25th Avenue (Formerly Grille 754 and Bonnie […]