Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Mount Dora Centennial High School Brain Bowl

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.
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Andrew Mullen