Every year the Easter Bunny works overtime in Mount Dora making sure kids have plenty of opportunities to hunt for Easter eggs. Here are just some of the free local egg hunts for kids, listed in chronological order:
Eustis Easter Egg Hunt Where: Eustis Memorial Library, 120 North Center St. When: March 30, 10:30-11 a.m. Ages: 6 years and under (must be walking) Cost: Free Details: Children will get a bag to hold their eggs and goodies and instructions for the hunt at the library’s Children’s Desk.
Easter Egg Hunt Where: Golden Triangle YMCA playground, 1465 David Walker Road When: March 31, 8:45 a.m. Ages: No restrictions provided Cost: Free Details: The community is invited to bring their baskets and meet on the playground to enjoy a big Easter egg hunt.
Mount Dora Easter Egg Hunt Where: W.T. Bland Library, 1995 N. Donnelly St. When: March 31, 10 a.m. Ages: 10 years & Under Cost: Free Details: Thousands of Easter Eggs are scattered on the front lawn for kids to hunt. Photo op with the Easter Bunny, free book giveaways, enjoy a balloon artist, PAWS Therapy Dogs kissing booth, popcorn and of course, sweet treats. Kids should bring their own baskets. No registration required.
Helicopter Egg Drop: Where: Frank Brown Sports Complex, 1245 Pine Ave., Mount Dora When: March 31, 10am-Noon Ages: 10 years and under Cost: Free Details: 25,000 plastic candy-filled Easter Eggs will drop from a helicopter. 50 of those eggs will have tickets for toy prizes. Lunch will also be provided starting at 11:30 a.m. Hosted by TheCross Mount Dora.
Tavares Easter Egg Hunt Where: Adventure Christian Church, 3701 N Eichelberger Road When: March 31, 11 a.m. Ages: Pre-K through 5th grade Cost: Free Details: Egg hunt followed by hot dogs for lunch. Get more local events at Mount Dora Buzz on Facebook. For more news in Mount Dora, Tavares & Eustis, download the area's free mobile app. Free subscriptions to the monthly issue of Mount Dora Buzz are available here.
Lake County’s 7th Annual Landscape & Garden Fair, a free, botanical-themed festival, will be hosted at Discovery Gardens on March 24 and March 25. The gardens are located at 1951 Woodlea Road.
The festival attracts thousands of guests to hear expert speakers present on a variety of topics, including butterflies, native plants and Japanese gardening. The family-friendly event provides an opportunity to meet with and purchase goods from local merchants that specialize in landscaping, gardening, fruit trees, irrigation, horticulture, fertilizer and more. Some notable programs this year include “Colorful Landscaping with Annuals and Perennials,” “Spring Vegetable Gardening,” and “Favorite Botanical Garden Perennials.”
Additional family-friendly activities include the Children’s Passport, with stops at multiple gardens, the Maze Scavenger Hunt and special butterfly release.
Discovery Gardens is nestled on over four acres behind the Lake County Extension Center and features 24 themed gardens, including a string of lush courtyards and five specially designed children’s gardens.
The fair will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.
At first glance, Lake Dora seems far removed from glitz and glamour. This weekend it's time for a second look.
Once every year the Central Florida lake transforms into a showcase of vintage glamour. This weekend will bring all the beauty and nostalgia of the Sinatra era onto the shores of the downtown Tavares lakefront.
The 37th annual Sunnyland Antique and Classic Boat Festival at Wooton Park is the largest vintage boating event on the East Coast with nearly 200 meticulously restored boats in the water and on shore.
This year’s event includes a Festival of Speed that features a display of up to sixty antique and classic cars to complement the vintage boats. Attendees can also check out tents of nautical vendors or take to the air in a seaplane ride.
The event begins Friday at 9 a.m. and ends Sunday at noon, weather permitting. Tickets are ten dollars for the weekend. Wooton Park is located at 123 South Joanna Avenue in downtown Tavares. Parking is available at the City of Tavares Parking garage.
Fun is in the making when an event combines tons of talent, competition and a bit of creative enterprise.
Those ingredients will be in abundance when dozens of live performance artists from across the US converge for the Eustis Buskers Festival on March 24.
Busking, entertaining in a public place for donations, is sometimes credited with adding charm to intimate settings, like historic downtown districts. Eustis’ third annual festival will provide buskers a bigger stage, while treating residents and visitors to a free event packed with entertainment. The performances occur from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at “Busk Stops” throughout downtown.
The day-long festival will feature performers such as musicians, dancers, comedians, jugglers, mimes, living statues, artists and acrobats. Each busker will perform two 30-minute acts throughout the day. Judges will rate each act and invite the top performers to the Grand Finale which will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the bandshell at Ferran Park.
At the event, spectators will be given the opportunity to vote for their favorite act to receive the People’s Choice Award and the $1,500 prize.
In order to vote, attendees must present receipts from Eustis businesses with March 2018 dates at the downtown Information Booth, which will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Every $5 on each receipt is worth one vote, up to a maximum of twenty tickets per receipt. The attendee keeps the receipt along with all the voting tickets to help name the best act of the festival.
It is not every day your artwork sets off across the country and around the world. Now a Mount Dora photographer has bragging rights that a stamp bears one of his unique images.
The USPS has selected one of Taylor Lockwood’s photos of rare glowing cluster mushrooms for its new stamp series titled Bioluminescent Life released in February. The image was taken in the Atlantic rain forests of southern Brazil. The series also features other glowing plant and sea life. The stamps will be available at Mount Dora Post Office.
ABOVE: The complete series of stamps that includes Lockwood's image.
Lockwood, a Seattle native, has uncovered mushrooms in the darkened forests of Australia, Costa Rica, South America, New Zealand, America and Malaysia. Some species had not been previously scientifically known. Eventually, Lockwood refined his passion for the rarest of all mushrooms, the glowing bioluminescent varieties.