Saturday, August 29, 2009

Craft Fair Volunteers needed!

Volunteers Needed for 25th Annual Mount Dora Craft Fair!!!

October 24 – 25, 2009

Location: Downtown Streets of Mount Dora

This nationally ranked and juried event continues to attract over 250,000 visitors and 400 of the best crafters in the country.

In celebration of our “Silver Anniversary” the Florida Lakes Symphony Orchestra will perform a free outdoor concert in Donnelly Park on Saturday, Oct 24th at 1:00pm

Volunteers can pick their area of interest: set-up, check-in, booth relief, other fun and interesting duties!

To sign up please visit:


622 N. Donnelly St., Mount Dora


Donnelly Euro Footwear:

402 N. Donnelly St., Mount Dora


Again, thank you so much for your support!

Mount Dora - Someplace Special To Play, Shop, Dine, Stay.
Contact: Mount Dora Village Merchants’ & Business Association
Phone: 352-735-1191

Friday, August 28, 2009

MJ @1FlightUP in Mount Dora??

One Flight Up in Downtown Mount Dora decided to throw a shindig for Michael Jackson's birthday tonight and tomorrow night. Lo' and behold, I walked in and thought MJ had shown up. Granted, a younger version to be sure but....???

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Professional Food & Travel Blogger Jaden Hair visits Mount Dora. & select members of the Mount Dora Village Merchant's & Business Association played host to Tampa Tribune columnist, popular online & TV personality Jaden Hair and family in mid-July. Jaden is better known in the online world as "Steamy Kitchen." Her food & travel blog is ranked amongst the top 50 in the world and her appearance on the TV show "Daytime" is syndicated on over 100 network channels around the country.

She discovered Mount Dora via Twitter after coming across my Twitter account, @MountDora, where I promote our quaint little destination 24/7 to the online world. Since then we have become fabulous friends and will be playing host to Jaden and family periodically as they come to Mount Dora to visit.

While in Mount Dora in July, Jaden had the opportunity to meet many Merchant Association member businesses and restaurants. Many of these businesses are featured in her blog post at where you can read the story of her visit to Mount Dora and see some amazing photos.

Mount Dora Historic Inn's Jim Tuttle has a soufle recipe that is featured in the blog and based on the number of comments left by readers it seems safe to say that "soufle's will be a cookin'" all over the globe shortly. Jim's recipe and Jaden's Mount Dora trip will be featured in her upcoming Tampa Tribune column, which I hope to post a link to soon.

A recipe for Uni Shooters from Mount Dora Sushi Company will be featured in an article about eco-friendly seafood in an upcoming Florida Aquarium magazine article. And in September, in collaboration with Jaden, our very own Rachelle Lucas will be live on "Daytime" making one of our very own Mount Dora innkeeper breakfast recipes on TV. Not bad considering I just met Jaden on Twitter only recently.

Looking forward to Jaden and family's next visit to Mount Dora.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Meet our new Mount Dora Examiner!

Jeff Titelius

Mount Dora Examiner

Jeff Titelius is a freelance travel writer who enjoys writing about journeys to fascinating places in the US and Europe. Currently, he contributes features articles about his historic hometown of Mount Dora, Florida, as well as Walt Disney World on He is also a blogger sharing his journeys to Italy and France on In his former life, he worked as an internet strategist for but travel won him over and now he concentrates his writing efforts on various travel or community based websites.

E-mail him at or follow him on Twitter @JeffTitelius.

Read Jeff's first Mount Dora Article here: Welcome to historic Mount Dora, the New England of the South.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Death for Dinner!

August 29th, It's Death For Dinner.

Don't miss this very special event!
A combined progressive dinner and theater experience.

Cocktails: 6:30pm at O'Keefe's
Dinner: 7:15pm at Gracie's
Desert: Later at The Cellar
Murder: Anytime, Anywhere!

Your evening will include:
House or Caesar Salad,
Chicken Cordon Blue or 8oz Prim Rib,
Rice Pilaf and Vegetable Medley.
1 Bottle of wine per couple,
Complimentary Cocktail,
Cordials and Desert,
A Hilarious Good Time,
and . . . Murder.

All For The Ticket Price of $65 plus tax and gratuity.

Seating is limited - call early for your reservations and tickets.
(352)383-5451 or (352)343-0745
or e-mail us at Maggie's.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Yappy Hour on August 21st.

Treat your pooch like a STAR at the next Yappy Hour!

FRIDAY AUGUST 21st from 6pm to 9pm at the corner of Donnelly and 4th Ave, Downtown Mt Dora FL

Dress your pooch as if they were going to the Academy Awards as Olivia Peach will be our resident 'Pup-a-ratzi' and will be taking pictures of the event!

This Yappy Hour we will be celebrating Wrigley's 3rd birthday. As a special treat, we will have birthday cake for all of our 4-legged friends courtesy of Piglet Pantry - Dog Bakery.

KZ will be performing live at Piglets Pantry.

The Wine Den will feature some munchies and new wine specials (buy the bottle or buy the glass) while Piglets Pantry will have fun, games, and special treats for the dogs.

10% of sales during Yappy Hour are donated by The Wine Den and Piglet’s Pantry to the Humane Society of Lake County!

In Vino Veritas " In Wine There is Truth"

The Wine Den

Christina & Eric Baker

109 East 4th Avenue

Mount Dora, Florida 32757

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Lake Symphony Orchestra to perfrom at the 25th Annual Craft Fair in Mount Dora!

The Art of Pairing – Symphony & Crafts

Florida Lakes Symphony Orchestra Performs at the 25th Annual Mount Dora Craft Fair

Event Date: Saturday, October 24, 2009

Location: Donnelly Park, Mount Dora, FL

Contact: Brian Young, MDVMBA Secretary

PH: 321-948-3621


Some combinations simply work! Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better; this nationally ranked craft show, held in the streets of historic downtown Mount Dora, will now become the backdrop for the Florida Lakes Symphony Orchestra as they perform a free afternoon concert in Donnelly Park. The symphony rehearsals will begin at 11am and the free performance is scheduled for 1pm.

During this two-day Annual Craft Fair, Mount Dora welcomes over 250,000 visitors. This year’s craft fair will be held on October 24 & 25, 2009 and Saturday’s attendees will enjoy music performed by the Florida Lakes Symphony Orchestra (FLSO). The FLSO is Lake County’s resident professional orchestra and was founded by internationally acclaimed composer and pianist Guy Saint-Clair and his wife, artist Audrey Sanders and is led by award winning conductor Michael J. Garasi. The Symphony’s October 24th performance will include its full 60 professional musicians from all over the world, who now reside in Florida.

Co-founder and executive director, Audrey Sanders said, “We’re so excited to perform in this year’s Craft Fair, showcasing the Symphony’s many talents and splendid music”. “We’re looking forward to being a part of this year’s show and marrying both the music and the art together, something Mount Dora does so well!”.

The Mount Dora Annual Craft Fair is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and will be featuring over 350 talented crafters from all over the United States, displaying their art for show and sale. For more information on the 25th Annual Mount Dora Craft Fair, visit or call 1-866-683-6722.

The 25th Annual Mount Dora Craft Fair event is presented by the Mount Dora Village Merchants & Business Association, a non-profit organization responsible for promoting Mount Dora.

For more information on the Florida Lakes Symphony Orchestra, please contact Audrey Sanders at 352-589-1500.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Meet & Greet the Florida Highwaymen Artists in Mount Dora.

Friday Night - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. - August 7, 2009


Friday, August 7, 2009

6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Mount Dora Chamber of Commerce - ‘Auditorium’.




A Meet and Greet Reception for the 11 Artists coming to MOUNT DORA for the Second Annual Summer FLORIDA HIGHWAYMEN 2 DAY Event. The Guest Artists include: Curtis Arnett, Al Black, Mary Ann Carroll, Johnny Daniels, James Gibson, Isaac Knight, Robert Lewis, John Maynor, Roy McLendon, Willie Reagan, Carnell (Pete) Smith and Sylvester Wells. Refreshments and ‘Nibblers’ will be available. Please Check Links below for more information:

Heron Cay Lakeview B&B –

What to Do in Mount Dora -

Geoff Cook -


Call Randy or Margie at HERON CAY Lakeview B&B - (352) 383-4050 or email or .



Florida Highwaymen Events are underway in Mount Dora.

July 24 - Aug 7, 2009
Florida Highwaymen Art Walk
Experience the art of the famous Florida Highwaymen as 22 Mount Dora shops and restaurants become a Highwaymen Art Gallery. Starting at the Mount Dora Center for the arts you will stroll through town at your leisure to select locations, and experience Highwaymen art from the private collection of renowned collector Geoff Cook. Much of the art has just returned from a display at the Florida Secretary of the State's office in Tallahassee. Get your tour mapped stamped at 18 of the Art Walk locations and be registered to win $600 Dora Dollars to spend in Downtown.
Times: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily
For more information, click here.

Heron Cay Bed & Breakfast

August 8 & 9, 2009
The Original Highwaymen Artists:
2nd Annual Summer Festival

The 2nd Annual Summer Florida Highwaymen event continues with artists displaying and selling their art. Returning will be Black, Carroll, Gibson, Knight, Lewis, McLendon and Wells: And the 'First Time Here' artists will be Arnett, Maynor, Reagan, Smith and Wells.
Location: Donnelly Building in Donnelly Park, 530 N. Donnelly St., Mount Dora, FL
Cost: FREE
Contact: Randy or Margie
Phone: (352) 383-4050
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