Sunday, November 30, 2008

Light Up Mount Dora 2008

Seems as if the Saturday night experiment was a success for the annual Light Up Mount Dora event. The park was full, the shops and restaurants were slammed and the Inns and B&B's were at capacity.

A picture is worth a thousand words so here are a few. Follow this link to the photo gallery for the latet hi-res photos taken Saturday.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Mount Dora at Nite & Painter's Daughter 1 Year Anniversary

Lot's of reasons to celebrate this evening in Mount Dora. Many shops will be open late for the monthly rendition of "Mount Dora at Nite" featuring live entertainment by the Lost Cats. Grab your jacket and head on down to The Cellars at Maggie's Attic for a glass of wine or beer and then check out the restaurants and shops participating in the event.

Also on the docket for this evening is the one year anniversary celebration at the Painter's Daughter. From 6pm to 9pm there will be wine, music and hors d' oeurves and 30% off on clothing and accessories.

See on the street.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Official "March of Wines" Press Release!

Holiday Season Marches on with the 'March of Wines

MOUNT DORA, FLORIDA: To raise funds for the Marine Corps' Toys for Tots campaign, the Mount Dora Lodging Association will present the Second Annual March of Wines on Sunday, December 14, 2008 from 5 to 9 pm, in downtown Mount Dora. The progressive holiday wine tasting will tour three festively-adorned inns, including the Heron Cay, Mount Dora Historic Inn and the Mount Dora Cottages.

The spirit of the holidays begins as Christmas carolers from the Warren Acting Company greet guests boarding an old-fashioned trolley. Arriving at the inns, guests will sample a selection of regional wines provided by The Wine Den, The Cellars at Maggie's Attic, and Wine Cellars of Mount Dora. Showcased wines will be paired with select finger foods and desserts prepared by the Goblin Market, Frosty Mug, 5th Avenue Café, One Flight Up, and Saucy Spoon Catering. Wrapping up the tour, Victorian-costumed carolers from the First Presbyterian Church will entertain with songs of the season.

Many guests will leave for home carrying their own Christmas gifts courtesy of Mount Dora merchants, restaurateurs, and innkeepers who are donating exclusive raffle items such as bed and breakfast gift certificates, decorated gift baskets, complimentary dinners, wine packages, salon treatments and more.

"Last year's event was a big hit," says John Cataldo, president of the Mount Dora Lodging Association. “Not only was it a sellout, we filled two SUV's with toys and donated a $1,000 in cash. This year with more inns participating we're hoping to contribute even more to Toys for Tots.”

Tickets for the 'March of Wines' holiday tour are $50 per person and limited seating is available. Attendees are encouraged to bring a new unwrapped toy donation for Toys for Tots. For more information and to reserve your seat now, contact the Adora Inn at (352) 735-3110.

Friday, November 14, 2008

A worthwhile charity event!!



ON NOVEMBER 21, 2008

Central Florida residents are invited to recycle their 'gently worn' shoes for people in need

Nashville, TN – DATE – Every 23 seconds, Soles4Souls Inc. gives away another pair of shoes to someone in need. The shoe charity has earned glowing endorsements from Hollywood stars and professional athletes, but the people that truly make the non-profit organization effective are those who clean out their closets to personally drop off their ‘gently worn’ shoes at a participating location, such as Donnelly Euro Footwear.

For a limited time, Soles4Souls and Donnelly Euro Footwear will be collecting your gently worn footwear and/or donations to ship the shoes to people in need, whether they are victims of a natural disaster or subject to living in extreme poverty. It is estimated that Americans have 1.5 billion pairs of unused shoes lying in their closets. The charity can use each and every one of these pairs to make a tangible difference in someone's life.

“We can use the shoes taking up space in your closet to change the world one pair at a time,” Elsey said. “We need our partners in Central Florida to 'STEP UP' and get behind our call for action. It’s one of the most simple yet profound gifts you can make, because it will greatly improve someone’s life in the most difficult of times,” he said.

Donnelly Euro Footwear is proud to assist in this very worthwhile benevolence. Most Americans forget how fundamental shoes are to our everyday existence. For most folks a simple donation of shoes that they no longer want or need can make a real difference in the lives of people that have no shoes at all. To thank folks for their donations of gently worn shoes, Donnelly Euro Footwear will give them $10 for each pair they donate towards the purchase of a new pair of shoes or handbag. This is a great way for folks to rid themselves of shoes they no longer want, get a new pair of shoes for themselves and they can feel good about the donation they have made. Whether victims of a natural disaster or people living in poverty, Soles4Souls make these shoes available to those in need throughout the USA and the world. Soles4Souls is an awesome opportunity for everyone to help make the world a better place.” Jim Timberlake, Donnelly Euro Footwear. The event at Donnelly Euro Footwear will run November 21st through December 21st.

People and companies interested in donating can visit the organization’s website at, and follow the instructions.

About Soles4Souls

Nashville-based Soles4Souls™ facilitates the donations of both new and used shoes, which are used to aid the hurting worldwide. Since its inception, Soles4Souls has distributed more than 3.4 million pairs (or one pair every 23 seconds) to people in more than 60 countries, including Honduras, Romania, Thailand, and the Sudan. The charity has been featured on CNN Headline News, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, ABC News, FOX, CBS, and hundreds of regional outlets around North America. Soles4Souls is a 501(c)(3) recognized by the IRS; donating parties are eligible for tax advantages. Visit for more information.

For more information please contact:

Jim Timberlake 352 217-3325 or at the store Donnelly Euro Footwear 352 385-0909

Chris Carmichael, Soles4Souls, 615-391-5723 ext 143

Kim Dettwiller, Soles4Souls, 615-321-4073

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Kayak & Lunch Social with Lakeside Kayak & Outdoor Center

Leisurely Kayak and Lunch Social

Kayak 11am to 1pm. Lunch 1-2pm.


Presented by

Lakeside Kayak & Outdoor Center

World’s Worst Deli

$44.95 includes a paddle along the shores of beautiful Lake Dora into the Dora Canal and back!

We will then have a social meet and greet with a lunch spread of a cup of soup & ½ sandwich or salad plus beverage including choice of

a glass of wine or beer from the Cellar.



Also Ask about our

Sunset Cruises w/late night fare & entertainment

Call Martha Carswell at 352-253-0900

Friday, November 7, 2008

Mount Dora Lodging Presents "The March of Wines 2008"!

Okay folks, the tickets are about to go on sale for this years rendition of the "March of Wines to benefit Lake County Toys for Tots". Last years event was over the top and sold out in two days leaving many of you out in the cold. Call John at the Adora Inn, 352-735-7110 to reserve your tickets now.

$50.00 per person gets you a seat on the Mount Dora Trolley with stops at five of Mount Dora's finest lodging establishments to experience the combined hospitality of the area restaurateurs and wine purveyors as they artfully pair fabulous combinations of food and wine. Also included will be wonderful Holiday themed entertainment and raffles worth hundreds of dollars in gifts and prizes not to mention the cause to benefit those less fortunate in our own County.

This years participants include the 5th Avenue Cafe, The Frosty Mug, One Flight Up, Goblin Market, The Saucy Spoon, The Wine Den, Wine Cellars of Mount Dora and the Cellars at Maggie's Attic.

Make plans for Sunday, December 14th to join the fortunate few who will experience this fabulous event. Call John at the Adora Inn, 352-735-3110 for more information. Stay tuned to for more details. Please visit The Photo Gallery to see pictures of last years event.

See you at the event,

School Days

What to do in Mount Dora on a Friday afternoon? How about sit on your front porch with an iced tea or glass of wine and watch the local homecoming parade march by. It's one of the more charming things about living in a small town.

Now, if only I could go back to high school knowing what I know today. Boy, I would have had a lot more fun! (If that is possible?) I certainly wouldn't have been in such a hurry to grow up!

Anyway, I was sitting in my office today wondering what kind of concert was going on and to my delight the concert marched past my door.

Happy Homecoming Mount Dora High!