It's genius. Instantly decorate your home for the holidays and serve homemade holiday desserts without lifting a finger. The kicker is your shortcuts benefit local families in need.
'Celebrate the Season' is going on now through Saturday in downtown Mount Dora. The event features decorated trees and other holiday decorations for sale, plus what is arguably the largest bake sale on the planet. Okay, that's a stretch, but you get the idea. It all benefits Lake Cares Food Pantry.
More than 1000 labor hours went into decorating the 20 Christmas trees. Three women worked late nights and squeezed any free time available into working hours on the trees. It was a true labor of love.
"It was like we had these 3 elves with unbelievable energy levels," O'Malley said. "And then on top of it --we had 10 of our local businesses donate their decorated wreaths for the auction. I cannot begin to tell you how grateful we are to have this holiday seasonal event.
The huge selection of homemade bake goods for sale includes cakes, snickerdoodles, brownies, pies, pumpkin loaves and much more. Most varieties freeze perfectly and can be defrosted for Thanksgiving.
"No charge to come and enjoy and purchase. Our list of donated fresh baked cookies and pies is to die for--and we even have homemade dog biscuits for sale," said O'Malley.
"Celebration of the Season" will be open again this Friday and Saturday 10 am-8 pm at Donnelly Park Pavilion on the corner of 5th Avenue & Donnelly Street.