Monday, July 20, 2009

Florida Highwaymen Art Walk in Mount Dora starts Friday!

Don't miss your chance to see Florida Highwaymen art up close and personal while you shop and dine in 22 Mount Dora locations. Pick up your tour map at the Mount Dora Center for the Arts, return it stamped from 18 of the locations and be entered to win $600 Dora Dollars for your very own Mount Dora Play, Shop, Dine & Stay Getaway. Get stamped at all 22 locations and we'll enter you twice!

Tour starts on Friday, July 24 and runs through Friday, August 7th from 11:00m to 5:00pm daily. Come out and experience the art of the Florida Highwaymen in the shops and restaurants of Downtown, Historic Mount Dora.

Mount Dora's new cycle shop.

Now open for business on Highland St. is the new Mount Dora Cycles located at 141 N Highland St., Mt Dora, FL 32757. Operating hours are 10:00am to 7:00pm on weekdays and 9:00am to 6:00pm on Saturday. Closed Sundays. Their contact number is: (352) 383-9222. Follow them on Twitter @MountDoraCycles ( or you may visit their website at

A family owned and operated business offering a full service shop from fixing a flat tire to a complete rebuild. The shop is fabulous and the show room is state of the art.

Stop and pay a visit and Richard will be able to answer any cycle related question you may have and he will be happy to tell you about the regular group rides around Mount Dora.


Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Shop and Dine & Experience the Art of the Florida Highwaymen!

Florida Highwaymen Art Walk brought to you by:

Mount Dora Center for the Arts
Mount Dora Village Merchant's & Business Association, Inc.

Starting July 24th through August 7th experience the art of the Famous Florida Highwaymen as 22 Mount Dora shops
and restaurants from the Mount Dora Village Merchant's & Business Assn., Inc. become a Highwaymen Art Gallery.

Starting at the Mount Dora Center for the arts you will stroll through town at your leisure from 11:00am to 5:00pm and at select locations experience Highwaymen art from the private collection of renowned collector Geoff Cook. Much of the art you will experience has just returned from a display at the Florida Secretary of the State's office in Tallahassee.

Have your tour map validated with a stamp at 18 participating locations, drop your map off at the Center for the Arts and be entered to win $600 "Dora Dollars" for your very own Mount Dora shopping, dining, activity and lodging spree. Visit all 22 participating locations and be entered twice.

Participants will also be entered into the Mount Dora Getaway Sweepstakes with a value of $600. Visit for more details about the Highwaymen and the 2 day festival in August where you will be able to meet the artists in person.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

WWII memorabilia at Lakeside Inn.

I hope everyone had the chance to check out the WWII display at Lakeside Inn all day on Saturday. It was fascinating to visit with the collectors of these historic items and chat with them about the day to day life of the WWII combat soldier.

Check out the spread of items in the last photo, 67 pounds that the GI's had to haul around in their back packs in addition to their heavy uniforms, guns and ammunition. Difficult to appreciate the sacrifice made by so many so long ago!

A big thanks to the Lakeside Inn for hosting the event, it was very educational.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Old Fashioned 4th of July Parade.

It may have been HOT on Saturday but spirits were high at the Old Fashioned 4th of July Parade in Downtown, Mount Dora. Folks turned out by the hundreds to see one of the best parades I can remember in the past 6 years.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Lost Pooch

I found this little guy roaming around on Highland.

Busy streets are no place for little doggies to play. No tags, no chip.

He's a super friendly tail wagger that just needs a little TLC.

He seems to be a mix between a dachshund and a jack russell.

Weighs about 10 lbs.

For more information ... if you are the owner ... or would like to become his owner, contact:

Lake Vet Clinic
3300 N Highway 19A

Mt Dora, FL 32757-5307
(352) 735-6047

Thursday, July 2, 2009

The Florida Highwaymen Artists return to Mount Dora on August 8th & 9th.

11 of "The Original Florida Highwaymen Artists" will be in Mount Dora on August 8th & 9th for the 2nd Annual Summer Art Festival. The Mount Dora Village Merchant's & Business Assn., in conjunction with the Heron Cay Lakeview B&B, and Lake County Junior Achievement present this unique opportunity to meet and greet these "outsider artists" and see their work.

Make plans to see the Florida Highwaymen at this FREE event.

August 8 & 9, 2009
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Donnelly Building
530 N. Donnelly St., Mount Dora, FL
For info, call Randy Burgener at (352) 383-4050,
or email:

The 2nd Annual Summer Florida Highwaymen event continues with artists displaying and selling their art. The following artists will be participating in the event:

  • Curtis Arnett
  • Al Black
  • Mary Ann Carroll
  • James Gibson
  • Issac Knight
  • Robert Lewis
  • John Maynor
  • Roy McLendon
  • Willie Reagan
  • Carnell Smith
  • Sylvester Wells

For more information, please visit: or

Sponsored in part by the Mount Dora Community Trust, Bogin, Munns & Munns, P.A., Grand Rental Station,, City of Mount Dora, Mount Dora Area Chamber of Commerce and the Mount Dora Center for the Arts.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The Secret Garden of Mount Dora summer sale!

The Secret Garden at 442 N. Donnelly Street is having a huge Anniversary Sale with 20% off storewide on regular priced items for a limited time starting July 1st! This is our biggest sale EVER! Great prices on apparel, hats, jewelry, gifts and d├ęcor.

We are located in the heart of downtown Mount Dora and offer a unique shopping experience. Drop by to see our wide selection of fashions and gifts with a distinctive and tasteful Victorian flair.