Guest Post by: Matt Sharkey, Florida Warbirds
This weekend, February 25–26, 2017, the First Florida Chapter Military Vehicle Preservation Association (MVPA) will be hosting their yearly vehicle rally, vendor event and World War 2 battle re-enactment known the “Southern Outpost” at the Renninger’s Antique Center in Mount Dora. The club will judge military vehicles in many different categories during the course of the weekend.
Special guests at this year’s event are members of the WW2 Armor group, based in Central Florida. They’re planning on bringing some of their WW2-era tanks and vehicles to the show. In addition, the plan is to do near-dusk firing of the Goog Gun – gun weapons on the tanks for photo opportunities. WW2 Armor has a M4A1 Sherman Grizzly, 2 M18 Hellcats, M5A1 Stuart, 2 M20 Armored Cars and long list of others. What may be at the show is subject to change, but visitors can expect a nice variety. If you are looking to sell your car for cash and you happen to be in San Diego, California we suggest that you visit this website to get cash today. The company can definitely help you receive a good offer. In its three years at Renningers, vehicle attendance has steadily risen from all groups.
On Saturday, at 1pm and on Sunday at 11am, the WW2 Battle Reenactment and Weapons Demonstration will take place. This is usually a battle between Allies and Axis, with weapons, cannons and tanks. They shoot blanks and/or have staged pyrotechnics in a designated area, so the noise during this time could be loud. If you are bringing a child, consider ear protection for them.
Speaking of children, they may be called forward by the Officer-in-Command (OIC), aka “The Colonel,” for an inspection and possible PT. My son stood in formation last year and had fun. Don’t tell the Colonel he had “fun.” (PT isn’t supposed to be fun!)
Food and drinks are available on-site, whether at the rally grounds or in the main flea market. Sunblock and comfortable shoes are suggested as there is plenty of walking outdoors. Vendors will be on hand selling military surplus and related items throughout the event, as well.
The weekend activities are part of the Winter Rally and Swap Meet that runs February 22–26 at Renninger’s. Come out and support these dedicated individuals as they pay respect to America’s Greatest Generation.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! We are thankful to you, dear reader, for your continued support! This year has been a tough one for each of us at Central Florida Top 5, for a multitude of reasons. It goes without saying that 2016 has been very tough for our friends and neighbors in Orlando. However, we still have much for which to be thankful in (cheerful) spite of it all.
I asked our Top 5 Team, regardless of how they felt about the holiday itself, why they were thankful and for what. I also asked the team to share a Local/Holiday #ProTip, or a unique way that we in Central Florida spend the holidays; fun things that maybe those outside of Central Florida may not have heard of or have the opportunity to do in their areas.
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Here’s what they wanted to share with all of you;
“This year I am thankful for my health. I had my thyroid removed, I’m cancer-free, and doing well on medication, thanks to the online pharmacyhttps://www.ukmeds.co.uk/ which provides me with it. I’m also thankful to LEASH, Inc for the work they do to save pets in Lake County and for bringing our three new cats into our lives.
We’re not doing it this year, but a very Central Florida way to spend Thanksgiving is to enjoy the buffet at the Swan and Dolphin, then walk it off around Disney’s Boardwalk.
Holiday #ProTip: Take part in Small Business Saturday in Downtown Mount Dora! Lots of great shops, including an indie bookstore. Get a jump start on your Christmas shopping, then stay for Light Up Mount Dora!”
“I am most thankful for friends, family and colleagues.
* My true friendships in 2016 have transcended the strife and tumult of mere world, national and local problems, issues and politics.
* Family is more of a blessing each year. Partly because we all appreciate the precious gift of time with each other. (And partly because we’ve all gotten too old to start or maintain feuds!)
* Colleagues: I have connected with great new team members all over the world. My longtime teammates have strengthened our working ties and built on our combined strengths to do good work, have good fun and make good money.
Florida is blessed with a lot of casual attitudes. So Thanksgiving in Central Florida offers the opportunity to cherry pick the best traditions and dump the tedious parts. We’re such a diverse lot — Don’t like turkey? Do like many Italian families Up North and have lasagna, bracciole and even some pizza. Or go Puerto Rican with Pavochon, Mofongo stuffing and Arroz con Gandules. Or, like me, go out for a steak. If tragedy strikes, you can be sure to count on an experienced Nightclub Shooting Attorney in Clearwater
Holiday #ProTip: Great time to enjoy some lightly attended days at the theme parks before the Christmas rush. Google “disney world crowd calendar 2016” without the quotation marks.”
“This Thanksgiving 2016, I am thankful for a healthy year and a year spent largely on projects that felt like they mattered. I’m thankful for the city leaders that are still working hard on issues like homelessness and making Orlando more green.
Spending Thanksgiving in Central Florida is the ideal time to get outside for a walk. Find a trail or a park or just head to a walkable downtown area like Lake Eola.
Holiday #ProTip: Don’t miss the Festival of Trees at Orlando Museum of Art! And after your Thanksgiving feasting, get in the festive mood by checking out the Orlando Philharmonic’s ‘Home For The Holidays’ concert this Saturday.“
Pro MLS Supporter and Top 5 Orlando City Soccer Club Contributor, David Blair:
“Thanksgiving weekend is a good time for the family. I am thankful for my family. My beautiful wife and healthy little girl.
Local & Holiday #ProTip: If you have never been to the Old Spanish Sugar Mill and Griddle House in DeLeon Springs, go! They’re open Monday –
“This year I’m thankful for friends who are more like family and a newfound ability to un-apologetically say ‘no’ as well as ‘yes’ – (see below)
I am celebrating Thanksgiving this year by getting a tattoo – no it’s not themed to the holiday and the date wasn’t planned, but when it’s a difficult place to get into and there’s an opening, you take it….or at least I did. It’s what the pilgrims would have wanted.
Holiday #ProTip – Be patient and allow for extra time if traveling. Don’t let a few minutes of frustration (or more if you’re on I-4) ruin your whole day.”
Central Florida Top 5’s Business and Tech Writer, Allen Paschel:
“I am most thankful for scientists, engineers, and dreamers that brought us new technology in 2016.
A great, different way to celebrate Thanksgiving in Central Florida is to enjoy many of the great local restaurants that will be open for travelers visiting the area. If you haven’t bought your turkey or you’ve chickened out. Use Open Table to book a reservation!
Holiday #ProTip: his will be the first weekend with 300 DRONES flying over Disney Springs for an amazing light show called “Starbright Holidays – An Intel Collaboration.” They’ll have nightly shows from now until January 8 at 7pm and 8:30pm. Check them out!”
Creator/Director of Phantasmagoria Orlando and Top 5 Arts Contributor, John DiDonna:
“Thankful for a community that can come together in times of fear and duress, thankful for families to support and love. Thankful that through personal and community tragedies that people are people – capable of so much love in the face of so much of the opposite.
Thankful for our community leaders like Buddy Dyer and Patty Sheehan who show us what commitment is – not just to budgets and planning – but to the hearts of all in Central Florida.”
Filmmaker and Top 5 Guest Contributor, Christopher Collins:
“I am thankful to be alive. A year ago, I was in a car accident that could have ended my life. Obviously I survived, but the injury to my left foot & the trauma of the accident is something that has affected me even to this day, perhaps for the rest of my life, so I have to get the best Car accident lawyers to get compensation for that.
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With the help of my family & friends, I was able to recover from that accident, and this Thanksgiving I am grateful that I am still able to spend time with the ones I love.”
“I’m thankful for today. I’m not promised anything more than that. This year has been rough… for our community, for my family in some ways… and I’m reminded how brief this life is. I’m thankful for the opportunity to be kind to strangers, to forgive wrongs, and to press on to new beginnings.”
Life #ProTip: Even if you aren’t thrilled with how you’re looking this holiday season, get in pictures with your friends and family! This is the only holiday season 2016 you’ll have. Remember it. Capture it. Relive it through photos. You’ll be glad you have those moments captured.
Cinematographer and Top 5 Pop Culture Contributor Jay De Los Santos:
“This year I’m just thankful to have a steady job! Florida’s entertainment incentive is next to non-existent right now, and finding film and tv work has been challenging not to mention next to impossible. My hope is that this will all turn around in the next few years so I can work in my field. In the meantime, I plan on joining Film Florida in 2017 so I can be part of this change.
Holiday #ProTip: Can’t wait for Amazon Prime to deliver? Shop Local Pop Culture! Hit up (not so) hidden gem Gods and Monsters at Orlando’s Anti Mall, Artegon Marketplace for unique and hard to find t-shirts, figures, comics, art, and more!”
“I’m of course thankful for my family, friends, and amazing girlfriend. I’m also thankful for the continued growth and support of Over a Beer.
Host/Producer of FilmSlam at Enzian and Top 5 Managing Editor, Jen Vargas:
“For the past two years, my reason for being thankful hasn’t changed. I am most thankful for my mom’s oncologist, Dr. Kalpesh Barot and his team at Southwest Cancer Center. They are the reason my mom is still around for another Thanksgiving, and words cannot pay enough tribute to Dr. Barot and his team for all they’ve done for her. Thank you, Dr. Barot!
Holiday #ProTip: If the elections come up at the dinner table, make sure to have Adele queued up.
A unique way to spend Thanksgiving in Central Florida? There are so many! We don’t have snow but if you’d like to see it, catch Now Snowing in the Town of Celebration from now through December 31st! Or catch ICE! at Gaylord Palms featuring A Charlie Brown Christmas! I’m a lifelong Snoopy fan and cannot gush enough about this year’s Peanuts theme. Bring gloves, a hat, and a scarf though – it’s only 9 degrees in there!”
And finally, Top 5 Owner (who we all miss!) and Contributor, Brian Wilson:
“This year I am most thankful for my health, my parents, my brothers, and their families. So happy I get to be close to them right now.
A unique thing to do Central Florida I’d suggest making time to get to a national park or trail or something historic or special to you and yours.
My holiday #ProTip is to make time to do something with a friend or family member this season, or make something, whether it is a card, a letter, or go to a local arts event vs buying a gift – so something vs buying something – I love candles but a coffee date with a friend can be priceless.”
THANK YOU, TOP 5 READERS!
Now that we’ve all emerged safely on the other side of our turkey comas and the madness that is Black Friday shopping, the holidays are in full swing here in Central Florida. In Mount Dora, we have a holiday calendar packed with activities.
Tonight kicks off the 33rd Annual Light Up Mount Dora, a much-loved event that transforms downtown Mount Dora into a winter wonderland, with over 2 million lights! Festivities start at 5:30 this afternoon, with the official “lighting up” happening at about 6:30. And if you do come, keep in mind that today is also Small Business Saturday. Why not come early and find that perfect Christmas gift at one of Mount Dora’s many shops? The downtown area recently completed a massive streetscape project, so the whole town looks better than ever.
Not to mention the massive singing Christmas tree near the corner of Fourth & Alexander, near Sunset Park, which really has to be seen to be believed.
The lights of course stay up through the holiday season, so if you’re not able to make it tonight, take a look at the calendar of events and come experience the holidays in Mount Dora for yourself! It’s well worth the short drive from Orlando. Some of our favorite events include:
- The Lighted Boat Parade on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. on Lake Dora. Best places to view this parade are on Grantham Point (by the lighthouse) and Evans Park. This also gives you a great excuse to stroll down to the marina and see the amazing light show!
- The Mount Dora Christmas Walk, Friday, December 4, 2015 starting at 6:00 p.m.
- The 56th Annual Mount Dora Christmas parade on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.
- Christmas in the Park with Snow on Saturday, December 12, 2015. This gives you the chance to go sledding (yes, SLEDDING!) down the big hill in Donnelly Park. This is a popular event with both kids and adults every year.
The holidays in Florida are unique: we don’t make a lot of snowmen, and it’s usually too warm outside for hot chocolate. Whether you string lights on your palm trees and lawn flamingos, or crank up the AC so you can wear your favorite ugly sweater, there are still plenty of ways to get into the holiday spirit. Enjoy this most wonderful time of the year!
(All photos courtesy of Morgan H. Lee, www.realfloridaphoto.com)
Throughout this historic community, the streets come alive with more than 400 talented crafters & artists from all over the country displaying and offering for sale their finest works to the more than 250,000 visitors who are expected to attend this two-day event. Plus there’s food and entertainment to round out a perfect day outdoors. This is one of Central Florida’s favorite festivals and what a perfect time of the year to host a craft fair with the cooler weather and the holidays just around the corner.
The Mount Dora Craft Fair is a top ranked event featuring an eclectic mix of arts and crafts from sculptures to ceramics to paintings to woodworking, and more, providing you with the opportunity to find unique gifts for you or for those on your holiday list. And with all of the crowds in the streets, it’s a perfect time to shop along the resident stores.
By City Ordinance, PETS ARE NOT ALLOWED at City Sponsored “Special” events. Please make arrangements for your pets before arrival.
Join us for a fun and informative event featuring: Free Health Screenings, Travel & Leisure, Nutrition, Workshops, Free Samples, Holistic Health, Community Resources, Senior Living, Free Bingo, Retirement, Health & Wellness, Fun Shopping & More!
FREE ADMISSION! FREE PARKING! BRING A FRIEND!
Mount Dora Christian Academy – 301 W. 13th Ave, Mount Dora, Florida 32757
Buckler Promotions, Inc. 386-860-0092. www.BucklerShows.com.
Join us for a 3-day weekend with multiple routes, festivities, and excitement galore. From a friendly ghost ride to crushing hill climbs, and fourteen routes to choose from, you are sure to find what you are looking for in beautiful Mount Dora.
- A Mount Dora Bicycle Festival T-shirt
- Sunday Bar-B-Q Lunch
- Rest Stops
- Light Breakfast
- Vendor Village
- Beer / Wine Garden (Saturday)
- and More!
Check in: Thursday, Oct 8, 5-7pm
Mingle at: Pisces Rising, 5-9pm (Oct 8)
- Oct 9 06:00 AM EDT – Check-in – 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
- Oct 9 06:00 AM EDT – Breakfast (chamber) 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
- Oct 9 06:00 AM EDT – Vendor Village – 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Oct 9 07:30 AM EDT – Rides Begin
- Oct 9 06:00 PM EDT – Ghost Rides – 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
- Oct 10 06:00 AM EDT – Vendor Village – 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Oct 10 06:00 AM EDT – Breakfast (chamber) 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
- Oct 10 06:00 AM EDT – Check-In 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
- Oct 10 07:00 AM EDT – Rides Begin
- Oct 10 01:00 PM EDT – Contest, Speakers – 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Oct 11 06:00 AM EDT – Check-In 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
- Oct 11 06:00 AM EDT – Breakfast (chamber) 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
- Oct 11 06:00 AM EDT – Vendor Village – 6:00 a.m. to noon
- Oct 11 07:00 AM EDT – Rides Begin
- Oct 11 11:00 AM EDT – BBQ Lunch – 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Join us for an intimate evening or an afternoon matinee in the Mount Dora Community Building Theater with Little River Band and relive the memories with the chart-topping songs from one of the best bands of all time. Accompanied by the string section of the Florida Lakes Symphony Orchestra will make this an unforgettable concert experience.
Tickets are $45 to $100 including a VIP meet and greet with the band before the show. Get tickets NOW at www.MountDoraLIVE.com.
Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Located in lakefront Elizabeth Evans Park at the south end of Donnelly St.
Announcing the inaugural Mount Dora Village Market Seafood Festival. Do you have a specialty food item or a product that fits the Seafood Festival theme and want to become an exhibitor? Contact Janet Gamache – Janet.Gamache@gmail.com for more information.
The quaint little lakeside town known for outdoor activities, dining, shopping, B&B’s and Inns offers up another reason to take the 30 minute drive from Orlando: the Mount Dora Village Market. Every Sunday visitors can shop for fresh produce along side herbs, crafts and a growing range of products.
For more about the Mount Dora Village Market: Click Here
The Mount Dora Village Market is Pet-Friendly and hosts the ALL NEW – Swift Paws Lure Course – All dogs need exercise to be Happy and Healthy. Reserve a spot for your furry friend online!
August 15th & 16th, 2014 you can meet the artists in person at the two-day show and sale in the Historic Donnelly House.
Florida’s historic landscape artists, known as The Florida Highwaymen, will be returning to picturesque Mount Dora for the 15th HIGHWAYMEN ART Show and Sale.
On Saturday & Sunday August 15th & 16th, the popular Highwaymen artists will return to Mount Dora and display sell their art work from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day inside and outside of the Historic Donnelly House. Visitors can enjoy the scenic renderings of Florida’s landscape expressed in the Classic Highwaymen art style. Participating in this event will be original Highwaymen; Al Black, James Gibson, Isaac Knight, Robert Lewis and Roy McLendon. Admission, as before, is FREE!!
This Winter Art Event is presented by Heron Cay Lakeview Bed & Breakfast, with co-sponsoring by the Mount Dora Area Chamber of Commerce and Visit Mount Dora(tm); and sponsored in part by: City of Mount Dora, Grand Rental Station – WhatToDoInMountDora.com – Glasscat Design – Printing provided by Lake County, Florida. Margie Salyer and Randy Burgener are coordinating this Highwaymen Show and Sale.
A portion of the proceeds go to the Mount Dora Area Chamber of Commerce and to Visit Mount Dora, Inc.
For additional information, please contact Randy Burgener by calling (352) 383-4050 or Toll Free at 1-888-437-6622. For lodging and other information please visit HeronCay.com.
We’re looking forward to attending the 2nd Friday Art Stroll in downtown Mount Dora this Friday night, May 8, 2015. The Mount Dora Center for the Arts produces the monthly event, and this Friday it will premiere a new juried still life exhibit entitled Shape and Shadow. Thirty-one artists from around the country were chosen to be showcased, which features works done in oil, acrylic, pastel, and photography.
The 2nd Friday Art Stroll is a monthly event held on the second Friday of each month (hence the name!) from 6 to 8 p.m., and features many participating art galleries and working studios throughout downtown Mount Dora. Be sure and drop by the Mount Dora Center for the Arts Gallery, 138 East Fifth Avenue, Mount Dora, Florida 32757, for the opening of the Shape and Shadow exhibit, featuring an artists’ reception. From what we’ve seen so far, the exhibit promises to be stunning.
While you’re strolling through downtown Friday night enjoying the art, be sure and stop by the courtyard of the Sunset Building, at 301 E. Baker Street, where local artists will be featuring unique gifts for Mother’s Day, including art, jewelry, and clothing.
2nd Friday Schedule for 2015
- June 12th: Art Stroll 6pm – 8pm
- July 10th: Art Stroll 6pm – 8pm
- August 14th: Art Stroll 6pm – 8pm
- September 11th: Art Stroll 6pm – 8pm
- October 9th: Art Stroll 6pm – 8pm
- November 13th:Art Stroll 6pm – 8pm
(November is a Holiday Arts and Crafts event!)
- December 11th: Art Stroll 6pm – 8pm
(December Holiday Arts and Crafts happens again!)
Hope to see you there!
Country music great Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives will take the stage in Mount Dora’s Lakefront Elizabeth Evans Park on March 14.
Gates open at 1 p.m. and Stuart will go on at 3:30 p.m.
The five-time, Grammy Award-winning multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, photographer and historian has been performing for more than 40 years.
This concert is presented by Get Off the Bus Concerts, Mount Dora LIVE and Visit Mount Dora, Inc. Tickets are $50 for the VIP section with chair provided, $35 for general admission with chair provided and $25 for general admission with no chair provided.
Who is the Dora in Mount Dora? No one really knows for sure. But because Mount Dora was named after the lake it sits beside, the search for Dora starts there. The most popular account has surveyors in the 1860s naming Lake Dora after Dora Ann Drawdy one of the area’s first settlers. But there’s a problem with this legend. An older document shows that the lake was first surveyed and named twenty years before Dora Drawdy (or any other woman for that matter) drove her pioneer wagon into the Central Florida wilderness. Even if the “real” Dora was merely a surveyor’s sweetheart left behind in Annapolis or Boston to sip her tea, it doesn’t matter. Mount Dorans see their Dora dipping her chapped fingers into the lake and trudging her boots across the town’s mighty hills. One look at Dora Ann Drawdy’s tint type photograph and there’s little doubt that this strong intelligent looking woman is Mount Dora’s namesake.
Tickets available at http://findingdoradrawdy.com/
Schedule of Activities:
￼FRIDAY, APRIL 11, 2014 – 6:00pm to 8:00pm
“WINE ABOUT ART” silent Auction at the lobby of the lakeside inn
SATURDAY, APRIL 12, 2014
11:00am to 2:00pm – STROLL DOWNTOWN (VOTE AT THIS TIME)
3:00 pm DORA DRAWDY CONTESTANT WALK ON RUNWAY
4:00pm to 6:00pm – “FASHION SHOW” FEATURING:
• THE SECRET GARDEN (Adult & Children’s fashions)
• THE RICH HIPPIE (Fun & Cool fashions)
6:30pm – “CROWNING THE 2014 DORA DRAWDY”