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