Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Visit Mount Dora, Inc. Invites You to Enter to WIN a FREE Mount Dora Getaway!

WIN a FREE Mount Dora Getaway valued at $500 compliments of VisitMountDora(tm).  The next drawing will be Wednesday, February 27th. 
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38th Annual Mount Dora Art Festival Guide to Parking and Shuttles

Saturday & Sunday, February 2nd & 3rd, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m daily

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

NO Pets Please!! City Ordinance does not allow pets in the event area. Service dogs excepted.


Parking at the Mount Dora Art Festival

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

 Art Festival 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.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Southern Express Bluegrass Band at Lakeside Inn in Mount Dora

Southern Express – one of the best Bluegrass bands in Florida
Will be at
Lakeside Inn on Saturday, Jan. 26th, 2013 
1:00 pm
Mount Dora, FL – Lakeside Inn
Hear some of the best Bluegrass and experience the great atmosphere of Lakeside Inn and beautiful Mount Dora, FL. It is a family event!  A Raffle, Barbeque, Refreshments, Live Music by Southern Express Bluegrass Band and fun for all to enjoy!  AND IT'S FREE!!
Lakeside Inn 100 N. Alexander St. Mt. Dora, FL 32757
Located in the heart of Mount Dora, the historic Lakeside Inn was founded in 1883 and is now the oldest continuously operated hotel in the State of Florida.  The Inn features 87 comfortably appointed guest rooms and suites, a full service dining room and separate tavern.  The Inns 200 foot, lake facing, Veranda is lined with traditional white rocking chairs and is the perfect spot from which to enjoy the stunning nightly sunsets. Additional amenities include a large lake front swimming pool, a 300 foot pier and docking facilities,  a variety of both indoor and outdoor function spaces and acres of beautifully landscaped grounds.    
*Discount room rates exclusive to anglers. Call 800-556-5016 or go to

Calvin Coolidge Returns to Lakeside Inn

American Ghost Adventures Returns to Lakeside Inn

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Barrel of Books and Games Presents: Unbroken, The Dorothy Lewis Story

Book Signing - Mount Dora welcomes Author Frank Stanfield and Dorothy Lewis to present Unbroken, The Dorothy Lewis Story

Barrel of Books and Games, January 19th at 1pm:  Frank Stanfield has covered thousands of criminal cases for more than 30 years as a newspaper editor and reporter, including "The Orlando Sentinel" and the "Leesburg Daily Commercial." This horrific event took place in 1993 in Eustis, FL. 

"Unbroken is both a memoir and a crime story that contrasts the wildly dysfunctional lives of two young assailants with one woman's healing faith. It helps answer the question posed by Job in the Bible: Why do good people suffer? 

Dorothy Lewis sat in the back seat trying to comfort her young daughters while one of the carjackers cursed and shooed for them to be quiet. As she began to pray, one of the attackers sneered: "This ain't Jesus doing this, this is Satan doing this."  

The two teens lived up to the billing. Dorothy was raped, shot in the head three times and left for dead and the children murdered in a crime so senseless the killers couldn't even explain it.  

Dorothy, who was a young widow, once told her sister, "If anything  happens to the girls you might as well lock me up." Instead, she embarked on a long, remarkable recovery. She had only one question for God: "Why was I spared? The answer is the thing that has kept her "Unbroken." Today, she offers hope and comfort to anyone facing the tragedy, or what seems like a hopeless situation, in the telling of this inspirational story.  

Frank will be signing copies of his book, Unbroken: The Dorothy Lewis Story from 1pm - 3pm.