Friday, December 28, 2012

WIN a $300 shopping spree in Mount Dora on the Florida Highwayment Winter Art Walk

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Children's Christmas in the Park with Snow

December 15, 2012

Here is your chance to go snow sledding with a visit from Santa, games, food, and fun! Bring a can good or new unopened toy and get a special pass for the slide while at the same time helping others to have a happy holiday. Join us at Donnelly Park from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Call the Mount Dora Parks & Recreation department at (352) 735-7183 for more information.

Tremain's Tavern at Lakeside Inn Presents: Christmas with the Crooners

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Have hidden treasures? History Channel’s ‘American Pickers’ is heading to Florida

RELEASE DATE: November 30, 2012
TAVARES — The History Channel’s hit television series “American Pickers” is planning to begin filming its fifth season and is looking for locations in Florida to feature.
The documentary-style show follows professional “pickers” Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz on adventures that bring them to small towns across the country in search of unique Americana and fascinating people with exciting stories.
“We're looking for interesting characters with interesting items…and lots of them,” said Jodi Friedman, Producer with Cineflix, Inc. “Mike and Frank only pick private collections, so [we are not looking for] stores, malls, flea markets, museums, auctions, businesses or anything open to the public.”
Anyone in the community who has a treasure-trove of historic and vintage items, and is interested in possibly being featured on the show is encouraged to contact Friedman as soon as possible, as the show is currently mapping out its filming schedule. Friedman can be contacted by email or by phone at 646-493-2184. A contact name, phone number, city, state and a description of the collection, including any photographs should be included when contacting the producers.
Some items being sought after include:
  • Motor scooters (Vespas, Lambretta, Cushman)
  • Old advertising signage
  • Motorcycles
  • Bicycles (Pre 60’s to turn of the century)
  • Old toys: tin, wind-up, cast iron
  • Pre 50’s vending machines
  • Pinball and slot machines
  • Unusual radios (transistor, tabletop, etc.)
  • Antique casino/gaming machines
  • Vintage movie memorabilia
  • Vintage advertising items
  • Taxidermy
  • Vintage concert posters & t-shirts
  • Early Boy Scout items
  • Pre 60’s vintage diner collectibles
  • Pre 60’s TV merchandise
  • Pre 50’s western/equestrian Gear
  • Classic motorcycle memorabilia
  • Sports memorabilia
  • Casino tables
  • Old rodeo items
  • Airline collectibles (Pan-Am, TWA, etc.)
  • Late 70’s & earlier military items
  • Extraordinary mobster memorabilia
  • Vintage police officer collectibles
  • Firefighter collectibles
  • Pre 40’s telephones
  • Folk art
  • Vintage BB guns/cap guns
  • Early Halloween items
  • Pre 40’s Christmas items
  • Hawaiiana/Tiki collectables
  • Vintage sports collectibles
  • Vintage election memorabilia
  • Musical instruments
  • Civil War antiques
  • Vintage gas pumps
  • Pre 70’s old neon signs
  • Strange woodcarvings
  • Vintage collegiate collectibles 
Items not being considered at this time include farming/agriculture items, tools, glassware, appliances, tractors, crocks, stoves or country primitives.

More Information:
Lake County media contact:
Kelly LaFollette
Communications Director
Office: 352-343-9603; Cell: 352-455-0445

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Back-to-back books signings this Saturday at Barrel of Books & Games

Ken Pelham Book Signing - December 8th

Ken Pelham Book Signing - December 8th
Join us as Ken presents his first novel, Brigands Key. Books available the day of the event and on our website. Please specify if you would like a copy personalized.

Saturday, December 8th from 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Book description:

A nude body is discovered by a scuba diving archeologist Carson Grant. The police think he may be involved. The dead man's identity, unusual preservation and conflicting clues as to cause of death are the basis of the mystery. When flu like symptoms sweep the population the island the death toll rises. Colored with the patina of rural island life, the cast of characters are engaging and believable. The author's depiction of coastal life and small town politics is spot on target.
Brigands Key - Ken Pelham
Regular price: $25.95
Sale price: $19.46

Lisa DeMarco Book Signing - December 9th

Lisa DeMarco Book Signing - December 9th
Join us in welcoming local author Lisa DeMarco as she presents and signs her newest book, The Unusual Tales of Matilda Marmalade.

Lisa has also written two joke books which she will have on hand to sign as well. She will be here on Sunday, December 9th from 2pm - 4pm.

Please drop by and check out her books.

Book description:

The Unusual Tales of Matilda Marmalade shares a young girl’s experience growing up with a rare bone disease called Osteogenis Imperfecta (O.I). This children’s book playfully shows how even though Matilda’s body is extremely fragile, her spirit is as strong as a champion’s!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

James Best in Mount Dora for a One-Man Show

The Mount Dora Library Association is pleased to announce Actor, Author and Artist James Best in a one-man show on his 50 plus years in show business and Hollywood’s Golden Age. Aside from being recognized as Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane from the Dukes of Hazzard, Best starred with actors like Paul Newman, Audie Murphy, Jerry Lewis, Lee Marvin and others as a contract player for Universal. He will show film clips and tell the audience some true backstage goings on only he would know. The audience will also have their chance to ask James their questions. The show will take place January 26th at 3PM at the Mount Dora Community Building. Tickets are $15.00 with the proceeds benefiting the Mount Dora Library. James Best will also have a display of his paintings in the lobby of the Community Building and will be signing copies of his book “Best In Hollywood” after the show. Tickets can be purchased at The Mount Dora Chamber of Commerce 352.383.2165, Uncle Al’s Time Capsule 352.383.1958, The Mount Dora Library 352.735.7180 or on our website at For more information or VIP and group tickets call 352. 383.8808.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Southern Stable at Bowersock Gallery in downtown Mount Dora

Press release
“The Southern Stable”
At Bowersock Gallery

Where: Bowersock Gallery 137 East Fourth Avenue, Mount Dora Dates: Opens with a reception on Friday, November 9th, from 6 to 9 p.m., and runs through December 11.
Contact: Steve Bowersock 1-508-487-4994

The Bowersock Gallery will open its 2012/13 season with a big shebang: “The Southern Stable,” a show that offers everything but the kitchen sink – and maybe one of those.

“The Southern Stable” opens Friday, November  9th , with an artist reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and runs through December 11, at The Bowersock Gallery, 137 East 4th Avenue Mount Dora.

The exhibit will feature new works by three of Bowersock’s longtime artists, will introduce two new painters, and offer works by more than two dozen additional artists.

All five featured artists offer accomplished, distinct hands, with a decidedly modern touch. From the juicy, rich canvases of watercolorist Dustan Knight, a groundbreaking artist in watercolor technique, and the bold stark objects front and center in the paintings of Donna Baldassari, each artist creates beautiful imagery with deep undertones.

Cindy Rizza’s work ranges from realist to photo realist. Never satisfied with simulacrum, Rizza’s work nudges, evokes memories, and leaves the viewer with questions. Jayne Adams scenes of simple, daily tasks express the nobility and richness of life and suggest a deeper self. Caroline Rufo creates labyrinthine settings with simplified forms, often treated with muted jewel tones, and always with intent.

The Bowersock stable, comprised of some of the east coast’s finest established and emerging artists, is equally broad. It ranges from Florida’s Carol Roll, creator of tiny, mischievous, mache people found in national magazines, to fellow Floridian abstract representational Michael Palmer, who interprets the state and its people with heart, warmth, humor and individual vision.

The range in style represented by the gallery includes photo realists, abstract, surreal, representational, reductive, dreamscape expressionist, impressionist, color-field and experimental. Most mediums are represented, including oil, acrylic, graphite, watercolor, mache, bronze, stone, metals, mixed media, forton, and multiple clays.

“What we’ve looked for over the past 10 years curating our galleries is excellence. We have artists working in the tradition of the Boston School, the Romantic era, classical and with thoroughly modern, distinct hands,” says Steve Bowersock, curator and co owner. “The gallery not only wants those top in their craft, that have control of their medium, but that demonstrate a voice that bring something to the viewer, that engages for a lifetime.

“Art is much more than an image occupying space over the couch, or a knickknack filling space on an end table. It is a conversation between artist and viewer, and the viewer with themselves.”

Many Bowersock artists have exhibited in shows throughout the US and the world, shown in museum or have works in of major corporate and museum collections.

The Mount Dora gallery is the second location for Bowersock and partner Michael Sanger. The original location in Provincetown Mass., is celebrating its tenth year. Bowersock represents 30 east coast artists from Maine to Florida.

Monday, October 8, 2012


SEPTEMBER 24, 2012
Contact:  Nancy Howell, Executive Director (352) 383-2627
A Special Tribute Performance During Craft Fair Weekend
Plus Free Music in Donnelly Park
MOUNT DORA: James Taylor fans line up for tickets! The Mount Dora Music Festival proudly welcomes FIRE and RAIN, The James Taylor Experience to the Mount Dora Community Center, Saturday, October 27th, at 7:30 p.m. during the Mount Dora Craft Fair weekend.
This professional touring band features Greg Pitts, a Taylor look-a-like, performing amazing vocals and brilliant guitar work in a tribute concert to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame honoree James Taylor. Since being signed by the Beatles to their Apple Records label in 1968, Taylor’s timeless hits have captured generations of fans for over four decades. The popular singer, songwriter and musician has sold more than 40 million albums including 13 Top Ten LPs, and won more than 40 gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards, as well as five GRAMMY Awards.
FIRE and RAIN celebrates Taylor’s music by showcasing his greatest hits such as Something In The Way She Moves, Carolina In My Mind, Sweet Baby James, Fire and Rain, Country Road, You’ve Got A Friend, Don’t’ Let Me Be Lonely Tonight, Walking Man, How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You), Mexico, Shower The People, and many more familiar tunes.  
Pitts grew up on Taylor’s music and had a fortuitous meeting with the performer at a West Point, New York concert in the early 80’s. This personal encounter led Pitts to spend years learning and perfecting Taylor’s distinctive finger-picking style which he incorporates into his live touring performances throughout the country and abroad. This top-notch musician brings years of experience playing in multiple acts and tribute bands, and he will have you singing along to the songs we have all come to know and love.
“Greg Pitts is a favorite of the Music Festival,” says executive director Nancy Howell. “Those who attended last February’s event may recall the band Alter Eagles – The Ultimate Tribute to The Eagles. They packed the house. They were so impressive and such crowd-pleasers we just had to bring them back for another show. Greg and the band are sure their fans are going to love this show just as much.”
Tickets for FIRE and RAIN are $25 advance, $30 at the door and $35 reserved and can be purchased online at, by calling the festival hotline at (352) 385-1010, or in person at the Mount Dora Chamber of Commerce and Donnelly Euro Footwear.
Additionally, the Mount Dora Music Festival and the Mount Dora Craft Fair have partnered to present Free Music in Donnelly Park. This lawn concert beginning at 11 a.m. features Evans Acoustic Trio performing tunes from 40’s swing, 50-60's Motown, popular country, and 60-70's pop. At 1 p.m. from the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, Kool Vibes Reggae Band plays the steel drum music of Bob Marley, Mighty Sparrow, Dennis Brown, and the Burning Flames. Performing a selection of toe-tapping bluegrass music, The Florida State Bluegrass Band, a national touring group, wraps up the afternoon entertainment beginning at 3 pm.
For more information on all concert events, please visit our website at or call (352) 383-2627.

29th Annual Mount Dora Fall Craft Fair, 2013 - Parking and Shuttle Information for the Public

Saturday & Sunday, October 26 & 27, 2013, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m daily

For GPS use 510 N. Baker St., Mount Dora, FL  32757

Parking at the Mount Dora Craft Fair

Additional transportation/parking:

a. Town Parking:

· Local Churches, Banks & private homes will offer parking spaces in the area within a block or    two of the event area.

· These locals typically charge $5 - $10 to park

* First National Bank of Mount Dora (7th Ave. & Donnelly St.) Click Here for a Map  

* United Methodist Church Parking Area (5th Ave. & Grandview St.) Click Here for a Map

* First Presbyterian Church of Mount Dora (6th Ave. & Alexander St.) Click Here for a Map

Drive the streets around the event area to locate Mount Dora citizens offering parking.

Limited free street parking is available for those that get to town early enough. This parking is available north of 6th Avenue all the way out to 12th Avenue.  Click Here for Area Map of Streets for Parking

 b. Handicap Parking with Proper Credentials:

* Free Handicap Parking in the Mount Dora City Hall Parking Lot (Tremain St. & 5th Ave.) Click Here for a Map

* Free Handicap Parking between 4th Ave. & 3rd Ave. on Baker St. Click Here for a Map

* Paid Handicap Parking Lot on the corner of 5th Ave. & Alexander St. Click Here for a Map

Craft Fair Shuttle Information/General Parking

1. Mount Dora High School Parking Lot (click for map)

-  Bus/Shuttle Service to event area

- Town Drop-off is at Tremain & Fifth Avenue

- Time: 8:30am to 5:30pm (1/2 hour after close of show)

- Large Parking Lot (4 to 5 block walk to the event area)

- Will have 3 - 4 busses running at all times. Busses will fill and go.

2. Golden Triangle Shopping Center – (click for map) Golden Triangle on Old hwy 441

- Town Drop-off is at Alexander & Fifth Avenue

- Time 9:30am – 5:00 pm

- Smaller lot –

- The LAST bus will leave the event area to the parking lot at 5pm

3. Christian Home & Bible School  (click for map) 301 West 13th Avenue

Mount Dora, FL (by cemetery)

- Town Drop-off is at Donnelly & 7th Ave (by post office)

- Fairly quick turnaround – travel time = 6 -7 minutes from school to post office

4. Ice House Theater Unser (click for map) & 11th Ave

- Town Drop-off is also at Tremain & Fifth Avenue

- They typically use Waterman Village shuttles donated by FL Waterman Hospital

- Only 2 shuttles

All shuttles & locations above are the only authorized shuttles for this event.

All shuttles cost $5 for roundtrip

Multiple signs will be posted at pickup & drop off locations. Please be sure to board

the correct bus or shuttle.

Strollers are ok on the shuttles

No dogs unless they are service dogs. No dogs are allowed within the Craft Fair area.

This post was written by regular contributor, Rori Paul. Rori is a travel writer and blogger.

Lakeside Inn Event Calendar - October

Lakeside Inn Events & Happenings for the month of October

Friday, October 5, 2012

A Night for the Scot - A Celebration of Celtic Music & Dance

Get your tickets NOW for what will certainly be a "night to remember" in the Mount Dora Community Building with the Dynamic Celtic Band Seven Nations, Celtic Dancing choreographed by Kathryn Austin of the Centre of Dance & Performing Arts of Winter Garden and the Megan Lightfoot - Caitlin Brown duo know as Violin Squared.

Tickets are only $15.00 in advance online. $20.00 for VIP seating - limited number.

Click here to BUY tickets online NOW

Click the poster for advance tickets

Click to hear the sounds of Seven Nations

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Starbrite Musical Productions Presents: "Doors Alive" in Mount Dora, FL.

American Rock Band "Doors Alive" Florida Tour is coming to Mount Dora!

Tickets available online NOW at
$15 in advance ($20 at the door) - $25 for VIP

DOORS ALIVE-A Musical Trip!

Over five years ago a group of top musicians were contacted and asked to join what was to become the number one “American Rock Band”. From Los Angeles, Vegas, Chicago and New York they became “DOORS ALIVE” managed by the Universal Studios based Starbrite Musical Productions. DOORS ALIVE is a group dedicated to delivering the most accurate recreation of a live Doors performance that you’ve ever seen. This is not a “wanna be dress up band” but a band that recreates the original recording studio sounds of the Doors from the dramatic to the eerie, the jazz influences to straight up rock & roll. The years of experience are obvious as the band takes control of the room whether it’s a Casino venue or concert arena! If you’re looking for a boy band, best you buy a video! DOORS ALIVE is all about the music! DOORS ALIVE is a must see for any fan of the original group, longing for the days gone by or the music lover intrigued by the mystique that made Jim Morrison and the Doors one of the greatest “rock bands in history”.. THE CEREMONY IS ABOUT TO BEGIN!


Vocalist and Harmonica player Dirk Gilbert captures the sounds of Jim Morrison, he may not be Hollywood handsome like Jim but he captures Jim’s rockin, moody and absolute out of control style and stage presence… Larry Kayne’s dynamic and tasteful guitar work delivers the tone and feel of Robbie Krieger from jazzy chord voicings to mesmerizing extended solos…  Mark E. Sparks masterful keyboard piano and organ work is authentic, dark moody and psychedelic… Michael Sean White’s drumming blends rock, jazz and blues pounding out precise rhythms like John Densmore in his prime! To stay true to the original studio recordings..  the addition of multi instrumentalist Jimmy Ellis on bass solidifies the “foundation of DOORS ALIVE.” 

Mount Dora Community Building Theatre ..        Saturday January 12     7 PM

$15.00 General admission $25.00 meet & greet Tickets: - or the

Mount Dora Chamber of Commerce..                           Starbrite Musical Productions

Sunday, September 16, 2012

A Vegas Style Big Band Show is coming to the Mount Dora Community Building!


The Show is Saturday, October 6th at 7pm in the Mount Dora Community Building.

Get your tickets online NOW!!  Only $20 in advance for General Admission.  $25 for VIP including meet & greet. for tickets and information.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Windsor Rose Restaurant & Tea Room in downtown Mount Dora

Windsor Rose Restaurant & Tea Room; The Big Breakfast, Tea and events in the heart of Mount Dora.
British flags side by side with Old Glory point the way, the white building as at home here in Mount Dora as it would be in the British countryside, with an atmosphere of gentle goodness and cozy warmth that welcomes you into a special feeling of home.
Greeted by a British butler – of sorts – you find yourself inside a charming setting of part restaurant and tearoom, part store, part favorite aunt’s home. There is something special here, like a living room in a British home, where you’re instantly at ease and ready to relax and enjoy.

Tables throughout allow for varying sized parties, as shelves line one wall with a range of choices, from teas to teapots, cookies to sauces. You can bring home the flavors of England, or simply enjoy them here.
Have no fear: those who are not sure they’ll like British fare are ok as American is offered as well. Choose either side of the pond for your culinary experience.
We partook of the Big Breakfast, offered Saturdays and Sundays only at present, though lunch and Tea are offered throughout the entire week.
Enjoy the atmosphere, relax as you study the photos throughout, images of her Majesty the Queen, and those of her family, an extended history of the modern royals as you’ve likely never seen them. From the Queen’s Great-Grandparents through her grandchildren, William, Harry, and Katherine, you’re sure to find yourself staring at the array of images as much or more as the faces of those in your party. 
Food portions are good, solid and hearty, with a number of items to choose from. The BigBreakfast menu is a bit smaller than lunch, but by no means did that make it easier to choose.
Each at our table partook of something different with all enjoying immensely their choice. Juice, tea or Champaign mimosa adds to the meal. The ever subtle, but present formality of the British is here, with crisp black and white uniforms that to most Americans will likely feel more like a costume than proper serving attire, but this merely adds to the experience.
This isn’t the kind of place you want to rush through your meal, but linger, enjoy and savor.
Open for meals such as the Big Breakfast (weekends), tea and lunch (throughout the week), additionally Windsor Rose also offers a range of events from which to choose and enjoy their hospitality. Speak with them about your own event as well.
For a taste of England in the heart of Florida, enjoy the Windsor Rose Tea Room & Restaurant in Mount Dora.  For a limited time enjoy the Windsor Rose Big Breakfast with this coupon offering 10% off.  See below.
This post was written by regular contributor, Rori Paul. Rori is a travel writer and blogger. Follow her blog, Rori Travels Florida, for more on Florida Travel and Mount Dora.