Mount Dora Christian Academy $4.5 million sports complex ready for kickoff
MOUNT DORA — When Mount Dora Christian Academy football players descended the stairway down a hill and onto their new football field for a team-captains ceremony, they could hardly believe their eyes.
“The look on their faces was just priceless,” Head of School Brad Moser said. “They were in awe.”
Despite a short construction window to complete the $4.5 million project, the Bulldogs will kick off at their spanking new stadium — featuring the only artificial-turf field among Lake County high schools — as anticipated at 7:30 p.m. Friday against Ocoee Legacy Charter.
2017 IceHouse Cubie Award winners
MOUNT DORA — When mother and son duo Cecile Guerin and Dylan Hatcher moved from France to Mount Dora 18 years ago, they wanted to bring a little bit of home with them. They fell in love with a little corner spot in downtown and opened Cecile’s French Corner.
“We were already in the hospitality business and this place already had a European feel,” Guerin said. “So we opened the French café to give people a nice place to relax and join friends for a glass of wine.”
Mount Dora Seafood Fest: Shuckers and landlubbers
MOUNT DORA — The third annual Mount Dora Seafood Festival Aug. 26 and 27 has grown since its inception with each year topping the last in size and attendance. This year promises to be the biggest and best yet.
“Visit Mount Dora is the organization that created the seafood festival,” said Janet Gamache, special event coordinator for Visit Mount Dora. “We did it in order to highlight the Mount Dora Village Market, which was held in Evans Park. It was a way to kick up attendance and visibility of the Village Market. That first year it was just in Evans Park, but it was so popular we expanded it.”
Tavares' movie-like 'Polar Express' ride to launch Nov. 17, regular rides next month
TAVARES — Warner Bros. The Polar Express Train Ride will launch Nov. 17, soon after regularly scheduled vintage train rides begin, officials from Orlando & Northwestern Railway said Tuesday. Tickets for the holiday ride start at $38 for regular seats and go as high as $79.50 for the glass-enclosed dome coach on the hourlong excursion, during which riders will travel to the “North Pole” and meet Santa in the interactive experience. “This is going to be Central Florida’s newest premier holiday event — there’s no question about that,” said Michael Brown, special events manager for Orlando & Northwestern Railway. Meanwhile, railway officials are hurrying to start running year-round train rides, part of The Royal Palm Railway Experience, out of Tavares by next month.