Sunday, May 31, 2009
Is it really Joe Cocker in the Beer Garden? Nah, just Eric covering his tunes.
Karoake was a big success and a very good time was had by all in the Beer Garden even after the "Blackout", when all of the Downtown lights went off for about an hour. And thanks to Dennis for the candles.
Stay tuned to the Mount Dora Sushi website for the entertainment schedule. Karaoke will be back soon.
You can still catch some fine wine and great blues at the Lakeside Inn through today. Visit the Mount Dora Blues Fest web page for today's lineup of great entertainment.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
One of the original Florida Highwayman Artists and friend of Mount Dora, Johnny Daniels, passed away this week. He was scheduled to be in Mount Dora for the two day Highwayman Art Festival August 8th & 9th. He will be missed.
See the article in TCPalm by following this link: Johnny Daniels
Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Enter your email address today for your chance to to win a complete pizza dinner for two at PizzAmore! Last chance to enter is June 15.
Here’s what’s included:
1 Garden salad
1 Large Pizza w/1 topper
4 Garlic Knots
1 bottle of house wine (or bucket of domestic beer)*
HERE’S HOW TO SIGN UP:
Just enter your email address on our website “Sign Me Up” and allow us to send you our future cool PizzAmore offers; you can cancel your membership at any time.
*Must be 21 years of age or older for wine/beer giveaway. Winner to be announced by June 30, 2009.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Mount Dora Village Merchant's & Business Association kicks off it's "Dora Dollars" program this week!
It might look like "funny money" but any participating Downtown business will gladly accept it after Wednesday. In an effort to stimulate interest in "Shopping Local" the Merchant's Assn. has created a program for it's members and prospective members that will reward attendance at the regular monthly membership meeting.
A drawing will be held at each monthly meeting and the winner will receive $100.00 "Dora Dollars" to spend in any participating Downtown business. The catch is you must be present at the meeting to win and you must spend the "Dora Dollars" by the end of the weekend. The $100.00 dollars will be in increments of $10.00. No change will be provided which will encourage the Dora Dollar holder to spend all of the money.
This is the first step in a new awareness campaign the Merchant's Assn. is launching to enourage "shopping local" Stay tuned for more details which will lead to more savings for everyone.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
The Mount Dora Village Merchant's & Business Association, Inc. and it's 80 members is sponsoring a Mount Dora Getaway sweepstakes this summer. Register to win at www.WhatToDoInMountDora.com. No purchase necessary to enter or win the sweepstakes!
Winner will receive accommodations for 2 at their choice of any member lodging establishment, dinner and brunch at any member restaurant, a shopping spree at any member shop or store and an activity at any member spa or tour operation.
Register to win and stay tuned for more details.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Last week Rachelle was sent to Tampa by Travel Channel.com to capture on video an overview of the City of Tampa and the "Tampa Top 5" for visitors. Stay tuned to TravelChannel.com for these videos and many more.
We visited the Lowery Park Zoo, Florida Aquarium, Plant Museum at U. of Tampa, Ybor City and Channelside. We interacted with Penguins, Giraffes, Camels, Budgies and an assortment of other creatures.
To follow Rachelle's latest adventures please visit her website at www.RachelleLucas.com.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Click here to see the calendar:
MDVMBA events calendar.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Ready to get away from it all and experience nature like never before? Central Florida Nature Adventures, LLC offers guided eco tours on some of Central Florida's most pristine waterways. We will provide all of the equipment necessary for you to have a relaxing trip. Our area is the Gateway to the Ocala National Forest and we are just 30 minutes North of Orlando. We can be reached at Jenniferkayaks@yahoo.com or 352-589-7899. Our tours will take you back to the relaxing "Old Florida"!
Wine Dinners – last Wednesday of the month beginning January 28 through June 24. Enjoy our award-winning Chef Carter’s 3-course gourmet menu with three excellent wine pairings! $59 per person (plus tax and gratuity) Come and enjoy a middle of the week getaway and stay the night for just $99! Contact the Lakeside Inn at:
Toll Free 800.556.5016 or Local 352.383.4101
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Sandwich Board signs were set to disappear from the Downtown landscape effective August of this year. City Council agreed last night to allow the signs to stay for at least 9 more months at which time a review will take place.
The caveat being that the sign must conform to codes and must be properly permitted. Only three businesses in Downtown have actually properly permitted their sandwich board signs.
Mount Dora Police will begin notifying offenders by letter shortly that the signs must be in compliance with codes and permitting. Contact Planning & Zoning for more information about the codes and the permitting process.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Friday, May22 Wine Tasting 6-8pm
Pick that bottle night. You get to pick the wines to be opened.
Rules are that the wine be under $25.00 and that there is a least 3 bottles on the shelf.
This a great opportunity to come in and pick a bottle that you have been eye-balling.
The 1st 5 people to come in will pick the wines selected, additional
bottles to be picked as needed.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
"Transformative Power of Children" Film Series: "Vitus"
Murer's film studies a six year-old boy who is both a piano prodigy and a mathematical genius; sadly the child yearns to be "normal." The major influence in Vitus' life is his grandfather, wonderfully played by the legendary actor, Bruno Ganz. This is a very sweet film with extraordinary music. (Fredi Murer, Switzerland, 2006)
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: The Painter's Daughter Art Gallery
Reservations recommended: 352 735 3470
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Brian and Rachelle,
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
Hey Mount Dora Village Merchant Association Members, save 15% on Tuesdays all day long at PizzAmore. Take advantage of this special offer and beat the economy, at least on Tuesdays!
Stay tuned for other business to business offers for Mount Dora Merchants.
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Take a ride on an all-terrain Segway courtesy of Segway of Central Florida or take a free carriage ride from Hitch 'N Time, both are Mount Dora based businesses.
The free event, which is sponsored by the Lake County Department of Tourism and Business Relations, will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lake County Welcome Center, 20763 U.S. Highway 27, north of Groveland.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Mount Dora has become one of the favorite stops for the Florida Highwaymen Artists. They will be back for a "super-show" in Mount Dora the weekend of August 8th and 9th. Of the surviving 19 Artists we may be lucky enough to see 12 to 14 of them at this show.
The show will be sponsored by the Mount Dora Village Merchant's & Business Association, Inc. and a number of other affiliates to be named later. Stay tuned to www.MountDoraArt.com for upcoming details.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Saturday, May 9th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at The Wine Den, meet Gary Koehler from Dutch Henry Winery.
DUTCH HENRY WINERY
Established in 1992, Dutch Henry Winery is a small family-owned and operated winery in Napa Valley. The Chafen family takes great pride in nurturing all aspects of their winery and vineyards. Less and Maggie Chafen have grown grapes in Napa Valley for over 26 years.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
May 3rd, 2009
For immediate release
Contact: Mount Dora Lodging, Inc.
Support to Mount Dora B&B businesses...
MOUNT DORA, FLORIDA: The Mount Dora Village Merchants and Business Association Board of Directors and 60 members have signed a petition to show their support of the B&B’s who want to expand their businesses during these hard economic times. The MDVMBA supports these requests in part due to contributions innkeepers have made to the community generating nearly $5 million in tourist spending over the last two years since they have come together in a mutual incorporation.
Proposed ordinance changes the innkeepers are requesting include the ability to host small events of 35 people or less depending on the maximum occupancy load of each inn as deemed appropriate by the City Fire Marshall. Secondly, with appropriate licenses, innkeepers are requesting permission to serve beer and wine to visiting guests attending events at their inn who are not overnight guests.
It is the second victory in five months for the innkeepers. Mount Dora City Council members recently approved a motion to allow Bed & Breakfast innkeepers to purchase state beer and wine licenses which permits them to serve complimentary drinks to their paying overnight guests. Additionally, innkeepers in certain zoning districts are now allowed to expand their room inventory based on the size of their property.
This show of support comes as innkeepers find their plans scrutinized by less the 2% of the residents. A petition circulated by residents opposed to the prospect of hosting special events, innkeepers believe most of the opposition stemmed from misinformation. Residents were being told that inns would transform into noisy bars or crowded restaurants. “We've put too much time, care and expense into our homes to let that happen” innkeepers shared. “When residents learned we were simply trying to continue hosting small gatherings appropriate for size of an inn, things started to calm down.”
Innkeepers believe the support of City Council and the Merchants Association speaks eloquently to the fact that Mount Dora B&B owners have been good neighbors, good for the community, and good for the economics of Mount Dora, people just needed to know the facts.
Monday, May 4, 2009
Ghost Stories, Urban Legends and the history of Mount Dora. Tours originate from the Mount Dora History Museum, 450 Royellou Lane (between Donnelly & Baker streets and between 4th & 5th Avenues.
Reservations required call: (352) 308-9734. Check schedule at www.mountdoraghostwalk.com
Sunday, May 3, 2009
From sprawling estates filled with 100 year old oak trees to Victorian Style Manors, Mount Dora has lodging that will fit every taste. Visit www.MountDoraLodging.com for upcoming summer specials that will put you in the heart of the action in Mount Dora at an affordable price.
Check out the Innkeepers Blog at www.InnSideStory.com where you can find stories, fabulous Innkeeper recipes and guest comments to give you the Inn-Side track.
Saturday, May 2, 2009
From 10:00am to 6:00pm today in Wooton Park the City of Tavares presents, Planes, Trains & BBQ. Bring the family out for some fun, BBQ, train rides and sea planes.
Every hour from 11:00am to 4:00pm Inland Lakes Railways presents, "Train Robbery" for only $5 admission.
Free sample BBQ from the competition teams.
See you in Wooton Park.
Friday, May 1, 2009
Brian, and the rest of the District 1 die-hard wine and foodies...