The 43rd Annual Mount Dora Arts Festival returns on February 3 and 4 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days. Limited street parking is available, however there are free shuttles from various Mount Dora locations. The shuttles will run from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Mount Dora High School: 700 North Highland Street drop off/pick up at Mount Dora Community Building
Mount Dora Christian Academy: 301 West 13th Avenue drop off/pick up at Mount Dora Community Building
Mount Dora Golf Club: 1100 S. Highland Street drop off/pick up at Charles Street & Donnelly Street
Lincoln Park Complex: 1550 East 11th Avenue drop off/pick up on Baker Street & 6th Avenue
Although the shuttle rides are free, the above parking areas are subject to fees or donations for parking.
Shuttle Cart service will also be available throughout downtown's surrounding areas to assist with transport of attendees.
What happens when you combine Victorian costume with innovative technology and the industrial age? To make it really interesting, add a heaping spoonful of fantasy. The result is Steampunk, a fantastical world where Albert Einstein, the wild west and Mad Max collide.
Renninger's Steampunk Industrial Show show has grown to what is arguably the largest festival of its kind in the Southeast. The event is set under the oak trees of Mount Dora and features vendors, steampunk entertainers and artists. The event takes place twice a year in January and October.
So how did this retro-futuristic genre get its name? 'Steampunk', first coined in 1987, refers to the Victorian age of steam-powered machines melded with the 'punk' attitude of non-conformity, creativity and unrestrained individuality. This science-fiction genre is present in art, music, fashion, film and especially literature.
The Steampunk Industrial Show runs January 27 through 28 from 9am-5pm at Renningers Antique Center, 20651 US 441, Mount Dora. Parking and admission are free.
It’s much more than just talk. TED, a national nonprofit organization devoted to ideas and innovation, has a large following. People connect to their short, powerful online talks delivered by some of the world’s leading thinkers and doers.
Now the licensed local program, TEDx, is coming to Eustis on January 5 to bring people together to share a TED-like experience. The national organization provides general guidance and regulations for local organizers to follow.
Eustis TEDx, organized by Timothy Totten and Byron Faudie, centers around the theme of “kaizen,” a Japanese word meaning “change for good.” Applied to business, “kaizen” signifies continuous improvement. The event will feature a dozen local speakers and performers sharing their insights on the theme.
“The chosen topics include everything from creating a values-based company to finding new ways to end bullying, and from living tiny for a better future to the elasticity and resilience of the human brain,” says Faudie.
Totten credits Claudia Jean Virga, an award-winning speaker, with helping to narrow the speaker list to create the perfect mix for the first-time event.
The speakers and performers include: · Andrew Bennett, owner and designer, Trekker Trailers · Chantel Buck, president of, New Vision for Independence · Ze'Sheica Carter, noted Lake County chef and executive director of Kitch'n Lyfe Skills · Jennifer Dempsey, coordinator, Lake County Children’s Memorial Garden · Heather Elmatti, professor, Lake Sumter State College · Sean Jenness, philanthropist, archaeologist & trails expert · Mark Johnson, professional speaker, author and founder, Life to the Brim · Kim van der Sanden, owner of My Favorite Things · Kellie Morgan, CEO, Home Companions Senior Care and founder of Business with Friends · Marissa Patrick, M.Ed, CLC, career strategist, life coach, speaker & author · Fred Sommer, president of Sommer Sports · Bernie Vatter, president of Bay Street Players · David Oliver Willis, singer & musician
TEDxEustis, will take place at the State Theatre in Eustis on January 5 from 9:00 am to 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $75 and include a continental breakfast and a catered lunch at a downtown Eustis restaurant. 100 tickets will be sold at www.tedxeustis.com.