Monday, December 20, 2010

Join the Club at Maggies Attic...

The happening place in Mount Dora every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month for wine and every 2nd Saturday for beer.  And don't miss the weekly "Wine Down Wednesday" featuring the best in local entertainment.


Friday, December 17, 2010

Florida Highwaymen Art Walk Starts Monday, December 20th.

WIN up to $300.00 just for participating while you enjoy fabulous Florida Landscape Art by the Florida Highwaymen in the Shops & Restaurants of downtown Mount Dora.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Take a Horse & Carriage Ride Through "Lit Up" Mount Dora!

A Hitch ‘N Time Carriages
“Jingle Bell Light Tours”
(Mount Dora’s lights go on at 6:00 PM)
During Christmas season in Mount Dora the lights of the town and Donnelly Park take on a magical ambience as you experience them from an open horse drawn carriage. 
Snuggle down under our blankets, sip on your hot chocolate and sing your favorite Christmas Carols in time with the hoof beats and jingle bells of our horses.
Christmas Light Tour Schedule:

For the Month of December our daily schedule will be:
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday 6:00 – 10:00+ PM

“Our Walk up and Ride” Prices:
Starting and ending at the corner of 4th and Alexander.
Your party will be assigned the next available seating on the next available carriage
And there may be other folks in the carriage with you.
$14.00 per adult
$12.00 per senior (55+)
$10.00 per child (ages 5-12)
Under age 5 ride for free
Group specials are available

$5.00 Wagon Rides
Available 6-10 pm on:
Dec. 3rd
Dec. 12th
Dec. 15th
Dec. 22nd
Christmas Eve

Private Reserved Rides
(During normal operating hours)
Imagine your guests being greeted with “Your carriage has arrived!”
as we pick you and your party up any where in the downtown area at a reserved time!
No waiting in lines and the carriage for your party only!
$100.00 for the carriages (Carriages can hold 6-9 people, more if there are small children)
$125.00 for the 16 passenger Party Wagon
All rides are approximately 30 minutes

We are now taking bookings for reserved rides!
Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve are filling up fast!!

Cash only please!!!
Weather Permitting!!
We are closed Mondays and Tuesdays
Info & Reservations: 352-394-8851

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Winter Florida HIghwaymen Art Festival

See the Florida Highwaymen Artists live in Mount Dora, January 7th - 9th.

visit for more information.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

“Celebrate Mount Dora, Labor Day Weekend”

Mount Dora, Florida is having the First Annual “Celebrate Mount Dora, Labor Day Weekend”, September 3, 4 & 5, 2010. This event is planned to be the first of its kind event and all agree that it’s about time we celebrate our town!

The weekend begins Friday, September 3 with our “Sip, Shop & Save Sidewalk Sale” from the downtown Mount Dora retail merchants from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The sidewalk sale continues Saturday 10-7 and Sunday 10-5. Enjoy refreshments as you mingle among unique shops and galleries for bargains galore!

On Saturday, September 4th, Mount Dora will brighten your day with the “Celebrate Mount Dora Days Chili Cookoff” from 2 to 6 p.m. at Evan’s Park downtown Mount Dora (end of Donnelly Street at the Lakefront). Fifteen entrants will battle for the Best of the Best with second and third place trophies for bragging rights. Judging will be announced at 2:30 by a panel of judges. There is a $5 charge for the public to taste each vendor’s chili. Proceeds will benefit the Mount Dora Area Chamber of Commerce.

Also on Saturday, September 4th the Mount Dora Lawn Bowling Club will provide “free” lawn bowling lessons from 11 AM until 4 PM for anyone who would like to learn lawn bowling. The facility is adjacent to all the activities on Donnelly, south of Charles;

Not to be outdone, from 2 - 6 p.m., in a location downtown at store front corner of 4th and Alexander the local pie aficionados will compete for first, second and third place for the “Best Pie in Town” Pie Baking Contest! Come by and enjoy a slice with or without a la mode! Proceeds to benefit the Mount Dora Save the Pool Association. Judging will be at 2 p.m.

While leisurely strolling from the Chili Cookoff to the Sidewalk Sale and Pie Baking Contest, you can enjoy a FREE Water Sports Demonstration courtesy of Liquid Sports Marine from 2 – 6 p.m. on our beautiful Lake Dora!

The FREE entertainment continues with live music by the “Insecurites” at Grantham Point from 5 – 8 p.m. Bring your blanket or lawn chair to enjoy the concert. Rain or shine so bring an umbrella.

As your day winds down Saturday listening to the band and enjoying water sports and  sunset over Lake Dora,  the City of Mount Dora will display their “Celebrate Mount Dora Fireworks Display” at 8 p.m. FREE to all!

On Sunday, September 5th, our sidewalk sale continues from 10 – 5 p.m.

For more information, contact the Mount Dora Area Chamber of Commerce at 352-383-2165 or go to

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Florida Highwaymen Art Walk Starts Friday, July 30th.

WIN $500 in the 2010 Florida HIGHWAYMEN ART WALK 

The Mount Dora Village Merchants & Business Assn. Inc, in conjunction with Heron Cay Lakeview B&B, PULSE Magazine & the Mount Dora Area Chamber of Commerce present:

The 2010 Florida Highwaymen Art Walk.

For 2 weeks starting Friday, July 30th you can experience the art of the legendary Florida Highwaymen and get a chance to WIN $500 as downtown historic Mount Dora becomes an art gallery. 25 shops and restaurants will be displaying original works of the twelve artists who will be LIVE in Mount Dora August 13, 14 & 15. 
Pick up your downtown walking map & Art Walk ticket and begin your leisurely stroll through town to visit select locations displaying original Florida Highwaymen art.  Each hosting location will validate your Art Walk ticket with a unique stamp. Get 18 stamps and you will qualify to win $500 Dora Dollars in a random drawing on August 13th. Get stamped at all locations and you will get entered twice! 

During the Art Walk you will also have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets to win an original Florida Highwaymen painting which will be on display at the Mount Dora Center for the Arts Co-op during the two week period.  You will also have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for baskets filled with gift certificates and other items from downtown Mount Dora Merchants.  This event is sponsored by the Mount Dora Village Merchants and Business Assoc. Proceeds benefit the promotion of downtown Mount Dora and it's events. Winners will be notified by telephone or email. The Art Walk will take place every day from July 30th to August 13th from 11:30am to 4:30pm starting at the Mount Dora Center for the Arts Co-op at 138 E. 5th Ave or the Mount Dora Area Chamber of Commerce at 341 Alexander St.

For more information visit or call (352)217-8390

A BIG thanks to PULSE Magazine for sponsoring the Art Walk. 

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Florida Highwaymen Events begin July 30th through August 15th.

Don't miss this chance to meet 12 of the original artists in Mount Dora this summer.

Starting at the Mount Dora Center for the Arts Coop on Friday, July 30th at 11am you can stroll through town and view original Florida Highwaymen art in 24 Mount Dora shops and restaurants.  Just for finishing the walk you will be entered to win $500 Dora Dollars and have a chance to win an original painting and other fabulous prizes in our raffle.  The Art Walk will go for 2 weeks culminating in the 2 Day Show & Sale at the Donnelly Building.

Monday, June 21, 2010

The Florida Highwaymen Collaboration Banquet

A very special event will be happening here in Mount Dora on August 14 -- The Highwaymen Collaboration Banquet. We welcome you to come and join us for this wonderful event! Highwaymen ArtDine with the Legendary Highwaymen and watch as the artists collaborate and complete a one-of-a-kind original painting in their unique style. This special piece of Florida Art History will be signed by each artist and given as a door prize to one of the lucky dinner guests that evening.
Call the Lakeside Inn now to make your reservations - August 1 deadline
800-556-5016 or locally 352-383-4101
The Dinner is Saturday, August 14, 2010 
Cocktails at 6:30 -- 4-Course Dinner at 7:30
Beauclaire Restaurant at the Lakeside Inn
Reservations only -- $59/person (plus tax and gratuity)
Visit: for more information.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

One Mount Dora business doing it's part to clean up the Gulf oil spill.

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Contact: Michele Wilson

Pure Aveda Salonspa
206 West Fifth Avenue
Mount, Dora Fl 32757
(352) 383-9091

May 7, 2010

Pure Aveda Salonspa in Mount Dora Donates Hair to Clean Oil Spill

Pure Aveda Salonspa in Mount Dora, Florida shipped 70 pounds of hair clippings to the Gulf Coast the in first wave of donations being received to help with the BP Oil Spill cleanup.
Matter of Trust, an environmental non-profit, is helping clean up oil spills by reusing donated hair clippings from hair salons, barber shops, pet groomers, and wool farmers. Stuffing this donated hair into donated nylon stockings, this organization creates highly absorbent booms that can protect beaches and white sands from oil spills. A pound of hair can absorb one quart of oil in one minute, and hair mats can be wrung out and reused up to 100 times.

Michele and Ric Wilson, owners of  Pure Aveda Salonspa said, “ As a FAB PRO Green Conscious Certified business, partnering with Matter of Trust  is a natural solution for us to re-purpose hair clippings, and a safe, non-toxic, and effective way to participate in the Gulf Spill cleanup. Our salon guests love knowing that their hair is doing something to help”.

Donors from every state in the US, from Canada and beyond are sending in hair, fur and wool clippings as well as nylons and funding for outer mesh. Boom B Q's (boom making parties) are cropping up all over the Gulf and now in other states as well. The booms will be stored in donated temporary warehouse spaces all up and down the Gulf Coast. If BP and UNIFIED COMMAND need more boom, the Gulf Coast residents, and the donors from all over, will have provided an unprecedented support, supply of materials and volunteer hours, for their assistance!

Pure Aveda Salonspa will continue to collect hair clippings for a second wave of donations and has also set up a nylons donation point at its location in downtown Mount Dora. The community is encouraged to participate by going to get a haircut and bringing along a pair of used, clean pantyhose with you for donation (runs are okay). Pure Aveda Salonspa is located at 206 West Fifth Avenue in Mount Dora. (352) 383-9091.

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Friday, May 7, 2010

The ALL NEW Mount Dora Tavern Tours


Visit prohibition era Mount Dora and discover the "alternative" history of our quaint little town on the all new Mount Dora Tavern Tours!

Click Here to See the Promo Video

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

PAWS for Mount Dora - Discover our Pet Friendly Downtown

The inaugural PAWS for Mount Dora event held on Sunday, April 11th was fabulous.  Nearly 200 individuals and 65 pets attended the event at which we raffled off over $400 in fabulous prizes including restaurant gift certificates, pet friendly lodging, pet supplies, T-shirts and many other items.

The next PAWS event will be held on Mother's Day, May 9th from 1pm to 5pm.  Bring mom & fido out for an afternoon of fun and prizes as you make your way through downtown and discover pet friendly shopping & dining! 

Check out the PAWS video of the first event at this link:  PAWS for Mount Dora Video.

A BIG thanks to our wonderful sponsors who make this event possible:

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Family Earth Day at the Lib


(352) 735-7180

FROM: W. T. Bland Public Library

DATE: April 22, 2010

SUBJECT: Family Earth Day @ the Library

MOUNT DORA: While the adults are painting their rain barrels, the children and of course their parents or grandparents are invited to the front lawn of the library to enjoy crafts and learn that being green is fun and easy. There will even be face painting All events are free.

On Thursday, April 22 Earth day turns 40. But how did Earth Day begin and why do we need an Earth Day. Earth Day is a day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment. U. S. Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin announced his idea for a nationwide teach-in day on the environment in a speech to a fledgling conservation group in Seattle in September of 1969. On April 22, 1970, Earth Day marked the beginning of the modern environmental movement. It proved popular in the United States and around the world. The first Earth Day had participants and celebrants in two thousand colleges and universities, roughly ten thousand primary and secondary schools, and hundreds of communities across the United States. Senator Nelson stated that Earth Day “worked” because of the response at the grassroots level.

The Family Earth Day will be held at the W. T. Bland Public Library located at 1995 N.
Donnelly Street in Mount Dora. All Library programs are free and open to the public. For

additional information, call (352) 735-7180 option 5.

Friday, March 19, 2010

The First Ever Lake County TweetUp and Social Media Event to be held in Mount Dora, FL

This is a great opportunity to network with the top Twitter and Social Media users in the Mount Dora and surrounding Lake County area. Join us for live entertainment, great food and a fabulous opportunity to learn more about Social Media.


PR Log (Press Release) – Mar 18, 2010 – Mount Dora, FL (Lake County), March 18th, 2010 - The Social Media phenomenon known as "Twitter" is now an integral part of many Lake County business' marketing strategies. In the small and quaint historic city of Mount Dora there are more than 40 businesses and many more individuals that have jumped on the social media bandwagon led by Twitter veterans Michele Wilson, Brian Young (@MountDora) and Janet Craig (@MtDoraSushi). Greater Lake County has many times that number of businesses and individuals participating in Social Media. Come out and meet the people behind the Twitter Avatars and insightful tweets, get connected and network your business or simply enjoy a fun night at the first ever "TweetUp" event in Lake County.

Jennifer Dempsey of Fifth Monkey Productions (@FifthMonkey), an internet advertising and marketing firm covering the Greater Orlando and Lake County areas, has teamed up with Janet Craig and Brian Young to create the first ever "TweetUp" event in Lake County to be held Thursday, April 22nd at 5:30pm to 8:30pm in the Mt Dora Sushi & Steak Beer Garden at 124 E. 3rd Ave. in downtown Mount Dora. "This will be a great gathering of local social media gurus and wannabes," says Janet Craig of Mt Dora Sushi & Steak. "Find out how Social Media is helping Mount Dora and Lake County businesses get a leg up in these challenging times," says Brian Young of "It's a fun networking event and a great opportunity to talk to people using Social Media," said Jennifer Dempsey of Fifth Monkey Productions in a recent Orlando Sentinel article about the upcoming Lake County "TweetUp."

In addition to the networking opportunity a regular dinner menu will be available at Mt Dora Sushi & Steak and there will be a special "TweetUp" menu of delicious appetizers, and maybe a blue drink or two according to restaurant owner Janet Craig. There will be door prizes and live entertainment to round out the evening so whether a Social Media veteran or simply an interested observer, come out to the "TweetUp" and learn more.

RSVP for the TweetUp on FaceBook at Mt Dora Sushi/Fifth Monkey TweetUp Event Page.


Jennifer Dempsey of Fifth Monkey Productions is an Internet Marketing major skilled in creative communication. Her custom, innovative marketing campaigns utilize traditional and new media channels to spread her clients’ messages strategically and effectively to their intended audience.

Brian E. Young of operates the premier visitor website for Mount Dora and is a key strategist with the Mount Dora Village Merchants & Business Association, Inc. which is dedicated to the promotion of Mount Dora.

Janet Craig of Mt Dora Sushi & Steak is the Marketing Chairperson for the Mount Dora Village Merchants & Business Association, Inc. and is a key strategist and overseer of the marketing campaign which promotes Mount Dora.
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The Mount Dora Village Merchants' & Business Association, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to marketing and promoting Mount Dora.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

2010 Mount Dora Spring Collectibles & Crafts Show

For Immediate Release:  March 14, 2010

The Mount Dora Village Merchants & Business Association, Inc. Presents the 2010 Spring Collectibles & Crafts Show

Mount Dora, FL - March 14, 2010

The 14th annual Spring Collectibles & Crafts Show kicks off in the streets of downtown Mount Dora on Saturday morning March 27th at 9:00am.  Record breaking crowds are expected to attend this years show which has more than doubled in size over previous years accompanied by unprecedented marketing and promotion in conjunction with media partners Cox Events Group and the Orlando Sentinel.  Events Chairperson Terry Abbott said, "This year features the broadest and most effective marketing campaign this show has ever received!"

"The response from exhibitors for the expanded Spring Collectibles & Crafts Show has been overwhelming," in the words of Event Coordinator Shirley Wold.  Last years show included 91 exhibitors which represented the largest participation to date in the shows 13 year history.  For the 2010 show, over 200 exhibitor spaces have been reserved and the show is now sold out!

Formerly known as the "Antique & Trades Fair" the show was renamed and expanded in an attempt to regain the foot traffic to downtown Mount Dora lost in the move by the Sunnyland Antique Boat Festival to the City of Tavares.

Welcome to the streets of historic Mount Dora from 9:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday and Sunday, March 27th and 28th and "shop till you drop" as you peruse the collections and craftsmanship of over 200 exhibitors.  Please visit for more information.

Please remember that PETS ARE NOT ALLOWED at our events per City Ordinance, make plans for your furry friends prior to arrival.

Mount Dora Village Merchants & Business Association, Inc.
Our Mission:
To promote Mount Dora, with a focus on it's historical business district, fostering trade and business awareness through various marketing activities including advertising, event sponsorship, marketing initiatives, media relations & other promotion activities for the purposes of stimulating, enhancing and maintaining the economic vitality of our local business community and town.  Celebrating our Centennial!

Contact Information:
Mount Dora Village Merchants & Business Association, Inc.
PO Box 378 - Mount Dora, FL  32756
1 (866) 683-6722
Brian E. Young - Secretary

Monday, February 15, 2010

Mount Dora Centennial Birthday Events Calendar

Centennial Activities Calendar
   Feb. 20   Black History Luncheon at MLK Center
                  11:00 to 1:00  $7.00   (Special Honorees)

   March 25   Ice Cream Social (FREE) cake & ice cream in
                    Donnelly Park, 5:00 to 7:00 (entertainment too)
                    ** THIS IS OUR OFFICIAL 100th BIRTHDAY
                     Use the FREE paper shredder at the Park

    March 25 Century Boats on display at Lakeside Inn at Noon;
                    Come see how luxury boating used to be;

    March 27 Brain Bowl Competition  1:00 to 2:00 PM in the CHBS
                    Auditorium   (See our local HS students face off
                    with Gulfport HS students (also their centennial)   

     March 27 FREE Concert in Donnelly Park featuring Larry
                     Hoppen & friends from the Orleans Band, plus local bands
                     plus an extra-ordinary silent auction, a beer
                     garden   5:30 to 8:00 bring your chairs;

     March 27 to 28 Mount Dora Spring Collectibles & Craft Show
                     in Downtown Mount Dora 9 to 5 PM;
                    Antique Boat Show on Tavares waterfront;

     April 9   Downtown ART STROLL where the street banners
                  will be auctioned (FREE appetizers & punch) and
                  local, imaginative artists & their work on display;

    April 24 Earth Day Celebration – Rain Barrel workshop
                 at the Library, start 10:30am, $30 city residents;

    April 25 Earth Day –Donnelly Park 12 noon to 6:00 displays
                 demonstrations, FREE concert and more;

    April 25 Taste in Mount Dora with a ‘Centennial’ theme
                  Lake Receptions, 5:00 to 8:00 (Limited tickets);

    April 30 Poetic Sonnet  about MOUNT DORA, composed and
                 presented (with music) by local artists FREE at the
                 First Presbyterian Church;

   July 3  Independence Day Parade and celebration, downtown and
               Gilbert Park with fireworks;

   Aug. 28  Centennial Casino Night at Lake Receptions 5 to 10 PM;

There are more activities and programs your organization
or company can sponsor throughout the year so call
The Chamber at (352) 383-2165 for more information.

See the “Street banners on Donnelly, Grandview &
Highland (Will be auctioned at April 9 Art Stroll)
Books of Mount Dora history on sale at the Chamber
License plates & other memorabilia also on sale
Time Capsule memberships on sale ($20.10) so your
name can be on the “scroll” when it is buried in the
front lawn of the renovated Community Center
Historic photographs and stories on display at the
Library and other rotating locations
Join the Centennial themed activities all year.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Mount Dora Music Festival

February 11, 2010
Contact:  Nancy Howell, Executive Director (352) 383-2627


To celebrate its 13th season, the Mount Dora Music Festival (MDMF), February 18-21, 2010 presents an ambitious performance calendar with something for everyone. 'A Tribute to the '60s', showcases two of the most famous names of the era, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, and Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary. The Shindigs!, one of South Florida's premier rock 'n roll tribute bands, will lead a cavalcade of rockers performing on the lawn of the Lakeside Inn. As a gift to the community, the fun four-day event features nine free concerts, six free programs, and only four ticketed showcase performances.

Making their Mount Dora debut,
Gary Lewis and the Playboys headline Saturday's Showcase Concert at 7:30 pm. Considered to be one of the most popular pop/rock bands of the mid-1960's, the award-winning group sold more than 45 million records worldwide. The five-piece band led by Gary Lewis, son of comedian/actor Jerry Lewis, performs their hits This Diamond Ring, Count Me In, Save Your Heart For Me, Everybody Loves A Clown, She's Just My Style, Sure Gonna Miss Her, and Green Grass. General admission tickets are $35 advance, $40 at the gate, and $75 VIP, which includes a reserved seat and after concert meet and greet.

Folk music fans are in for a special treat when
Noel Paul Stookey, the middleman of the '60s legendary folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary, steps to the stage to headline Thursday's Showcase Concert at 7:30 pm. The notable singer-songwriter who recorded over 45 albums will sing the classic Wedding Song (There is Love) and In These Times, along with some of the trio's greatest hits including Puff (The Magic Dragon), Don't Think Twice It's All Right, Blowin' in the Wind, and Where Have All The Flowers Gone. Tickets are $35 advance, $40 at the gate, and $75 VIP, which includes a reserved seat and after concert meet and greet.

One of South Florida's premier rock 'n roll tribute bands,
The Shindigs! headline Friday's Showcase Concert at 7:30 pm. Performing an amazing selection of '50s, '60s, and '70s, feel-good sounds, the versatile band pays tribute to the Beach Boys, Bee Gees, and Beatles. Tickets are $25 advance, $30 at the gate and $55 VIP, which includes a reserved seat and after concert meet and greet.

Florida Lakes Symphony Orchestra, Lake County's resident professional orchestra presents 'Heartland America', a concert featuring pianist Guy Saint-Clair at St. Patrick Catholic Church (Thursday 7:30 pm). Tickets are $42 advance and $45 at the door.

Complimentary Concerts!
A string of Florida rock 'n roll bands round out the weekend with complimentary concerts -- a MDMF gift to everyone who needs a little economic boost.  Free concerts on the Lakeside stage include American Pop '60s taking you on a walk down memory lane with a Musical History Tour of the decade's top songs (Friday 2 pm); Monday, Monday generates the love songs and flower power hits of the '60s and '70s, featuring a tribute to the Mamas and Papas (Saturday 2 pm); and the Music Makers move and groove to the classic rock and Motown sounds of the '60s and '70s (Sunday 3 pm). A special concert highlights the Midwest's retro rocker Blair Carman and the Belleview Boys delivering a red-hot tribute to the '50s and '60s with his rock 'n roll, rockabilly, boogie woogie, piano-pumpin' salute to Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis (Sunday 6 pm).

Other “comp concerts” at the Lakeside Inn include the 17-piece Mount Dora Jazz Orchestra performing the music of Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Kenton, Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, and Glenn Miller (Saturday 11 am); and two local bands present one special program of family entertainment beginning Sunday at 1 pm, with the Mount Dora High School Band followed by the Christian Home and Bible School Band at 2 pm.

'American History, Practical Math,' a seminar about the influence of the '50s and '60s music is presented by Lee Douglas, the host and producer of the popular podcast, Old Time Rock 'n Roll. This free program will be in the Alexander room at the Lakeside Inn (Saturday 10 am).

The Mount Dora Community Church will host world-class violinist Matitiahu Braun who will be accompanied by pianist Holly Small in a free special recital for chamber music enthusiasts (Thursday noon).

Friday at noon, the W.T. Bland Library hosts singer Suzy Park and pianist Wes Hamrick performing 'Movie Music Magic' featuring the musical hits of Gershwin, Joplin, Mancini and Bernstein. Thursday and Friday at various times throughout the day, the library hosts a series of video and film biographies of '60s rock 'n roll musicians featuring artists like the Beatles, Lovin' Spoonful, Herman's Hermits, and more.

New this year, the MDMF will offer two $250 scholarships to two Central Florida students in grades 6-12, who demonstrate the finest qualities in music vocals or instruments.

The Mount Dora Music Festival, a 501(C)3 organization, is sponsored by the Daily Commercial, City of Mount Dora/CRA, Mount Dora Village Merchants and Business Association, Target, Florida Arts and Culture Division of Cultural Affairs, Mount Dora Community Trust, United Arts of Central Florida, and Lake County Tourism and Business Relations,  

For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Music Festival hotline at (352) 385-1010 or contact executive director Nancy Howell at (352) 383-2627. Discount tickets for groups of 10 or more are also available. You can purchase tickets online at, or at our downtown ticket outlets: First National Bank Trust Department, Donnelly Euro Footwear, Mount Dora Area Chamber of Commerce and the Lakeside Inn.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Mount Dora Ghost Walk Special Edition to raise money for the Haiti Relief Effort!

The Mount Dora Ghost Walk & the Mount Dora Historical Society is having a fundraising benefit performance on Friday February 19th and Saturday, February 20th, 7:00 and 8:00pm  with proceeds going to the Local Haiti Relief organization via St. Patricks Church in Mount Dora.

With ghost walks every 1st & 3rd Friday and Saturday of each at 7:00pm & 8:00pm.  This lantern led narrated ghost walk searches the streets, back alleys and buildings of Old Mount Dora that are told to possess ghosts, apparitions and spirits of those long departed. Combining an historical account of the history of the beginnings of downtown Mount Dora with the tales and legends of some scary ghostly encounters told to us by those who have witnessed these eerie happenings
With destinations not limited to the Ghosts of Drawdy Lane, the Lakeside Inn, the Renaissance Building, The Old City Jail Cell and the infamous Dr. Nutter’s House , You will encounter a history lesson and perhaps some scary encounters with current and past residents of Mount Dora.
Ghost Walks originate from the Mount Dora History Museum located at 450 Royellou Lane between 4th & 5th Avenues and between Donnelly & Baker Streets. Tour and interior show last about 90 minutes and cover about 3/4 miles of walking. Tours are preceded by a 20 minute seated theatrical performance title; "The Insidious Dr. Nutter. . Tours are held rain or shine and wheelchair friendly. Tours accommodating blind and low vision, handicapped and hearing impaired available. Spanish speaking tours available.
Tickets are $10 for over 12 years of age and $8.00 under 12, tickets available by calling 352-406-5672 or email or visit our website at Please give your name, number of attendees, desired date & time. Reservations are required.
Haiti Relief funds directed towards water and sanitation post earthquake projects.
Press Contact only
Andrew Mullen

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Brian Arnold Memorial Scholarship

A $500 scholarship will be awarded for the winning essay. 

Eligible entrants are high school seniors currently enrolled in Mount Dora High School, Tavares High School or Eustis High School graduating in May 2010 and slated for college attendance in the summer or fall of 2010.

The format for the contest is an essay of 600 words minimum and 650 words maximum.  Three Finalists will be selected:  One from Mount Dora High School, Tavares High School and Eustis High School.  The Overall Winner will be chosen from among the three Finalists and will receive the $500 Brian Arnold Memorial Scholarship.

Check the web site for Writers One Flight Up (, click on the Pulse Magazine bar for topics, rules and how to submit your essay electronically. 

The deadline for entries is midnight, Sunday March 7th, 2010.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Mount Dora Village Merchants & Business Association, Inc. and the Season of Giving!


Group Gives Back To Mount Dora

While the New Year celebrations have already begun to fade into our memories, some feel the celebrations are just beginning in Mount Dora. This year (2010) Mount Dora is celebrating its 100th anniversary as a city.

One group has a 15-year tradition of giving back to the community - and is stepping up to the plate again in 2010. The Mount Dora Village Merchants & Business Association kicked off the 100th celebration in style hosting the first ever New Year's eve party in Mount Dora's town square, Donnelly Park.

In December the Association spent nearly $35,000 to enhance Mount Dora's holiday celebrations, which included not only the New Year's Eve celebration, but  paying for the wreaths and lights on the poles throughout downtown, sponsoring the popular Christmas walk and promoting the Christmas events of other groups in town. All these holiday traditions that are favorites of residents and visitors alike are provided by the Merchants Association, according to Ana Tuttle, their treasurer.

"Many people may not be familiar with our non-profit group. Our members, all volunteers, are business owners in Mount Dora who have joined together," Leigh Love, President of the Association said.

The mission of this group is to promote Mount Dora with a focus on its historical business district. "Maintaining a vibrant downtown not only helps our businesses, it helps our community hold its value and appeal," explained Brian Young, the Association's secretary. "Without our historic downtown we are just another city."

The Merchants Association will continue to give back to the community in 2010 by sponsoring many events including the upcoming Spring Collectibles & Crafts Show, the 2010 Mount Dora Craft Fair and the 2010 Christmas Walk. "In these tough economic times, when the city government and other organization's budgets have become severely constrained, and thanks to our successful events, we continue be one of the few with the resources to advertise and promote Mount Dora as a community," Terry Abbott, promotion and events chair, explained.

For more information on the Association and 2010 sponsored events, click:

Brian E. Young, MDVMBA Secretary
(352) 735-1191

Thursday, January 14, 2010

FREE Concert to benefit the victims of the earthquake in Haiti.

SUNDAY January 17th from 2-4pm Mickey Carroll and other local musicians will be performing a FREE CONCERT in Donnelly Park for the victims of the HAITI EARTHQUAKE.

There will be Representatives from the AMERICAN RED CROSS to collect donations. This is an easy way we can all help with this disaster. The City of Mount Dora is assisting us in this effort. 

PLEASE tell your friends and familyabout this event. Hope to see you all there. 

Pat Kinkade Heritage Tour Comes to Thomas Kinkade Gallery - Patrick’s Fine Art

Brother of Thomas Kinkade to Speak to Collectors, Highlight Canvases

Mount Dora, Florida – Thomas Kinkade collectors can learn more about him and his art than ever before.  Pat Kinkade, author, Kinkade Archivist, and brother of Thomas Kinkade, will be the focus of an event hosted by the Thomas Kinkade Patrick’s Fine Art Gallery, located at 352 Alexander Street, Mount Dora, Florida on March 6th & 7th, 2010. 

The Pat Kinkade Heritage Tour offers collectors a unique glimpse into Thomas Kinkade’s life, told through rare and exciting stories of Thom’s childhood by his younger brother.  Pat will present memorabilia of Thom’s that collectors will have the opportunity to purchase during the event. Pat, an artist as well, will be available to highlight limited edition canvases or draw a special Heritage Tour remarque on the verso side of the canvases. 

“Besides my wife Nanette, no one has more knowledge about me than my brother, Pat,” said Thomas Kinkade.  “Pat is a wonderful storyteller and a great artist.  This will be a very special event for the collectors.”

The public is invited to this special event to experience this rare opportunity to meet and visit with Pat Kinkade. Limited Edition canvas purchases are available to be highlighted or remarqued, though space is limited. For more information, please contact Patrick’s Fine Art at 352-385-1040.

Patrick’s Fine Art exclusively represents the artwork of Thomas Kinkade, the “Painter of Light™.” The gallery offers limited edition canvases and a large selection of gifts and collectible items adorned with the artwork of Thomas Kinkade.

Thomas Kinkade is America’s most-collected living artist, a painter-communicator whose tranquil, light-infused paintings bring hope and joy to millions each year.  A devoted husband and father of four daughters, Kinkade grew up in the small town of Placerville, California where his traditional values were instilled.  

CONTACT:  Jimmy Patrick