Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
5:53 am
October 22, 2017

IN THE KNOW

A sneak peek into the fascinating people who make Lake and Sumter counties great.

All aboard!

All aboard!

Orlando Northwest Railway LLC is the train operator the city of Tavares has approved to replace the former 110-year-old Orange Blossom Cannonball steam engine train, which ceased running earlier this year. The Cannonball had been a major draw for train rides from Tavares to Mount Dora, and vice versa, and Tavares City Administrator John Drury says riding the rails will return with ONR. “They operate…
LSSC utility programs get a spark

LSSC utility programs get a spark

Duke Energy Florida recently presented $110,000 to support the Energy Utility Institute at Lake-Sumter State College in Leesburg, according to a news release. “Duke Energy is proud of our partnership with Lake-Sumter State College and the positive outcomes of the workforce development initiatives we support,” says Harry Sideris, president of Duke Energy Florida. “We invest in its energy technology programs to further bolster the area’s…
Follow the red brick road

Follow the red brick road

A project that will leave Tavares’ Ruby Street paved in ruby-red bricks also is intended to boost downtown’s retail and entertainment businesses. The city’s Ruby Street Stormwater and Beautification project is moving toward an estimated February completion date, spokeswoman Mandy Wettstein says. The estimated $5.3 million improvement plan includes a scenic walkable park with eight acres of stormwater treatment areas to improve the water quality…
Karaoke a tune?

Karaoke a tune?

Frank’s Place is offering contestants a chance to be the Voice of Leesburg 2017 in the Amateur Karaoke Contest. Qualifying ended Sept. 23, with the contest beginning the next day. To see who the big winners will be—$700 for first place; $200 for second place; $100 for third place—be at Frank’s Place for the final performances on Sunday, Nov. 19, at 201 N. 1st St.…
The Hit List

The Hit List

Special Adventures for Special People provides scuba therapy for special needs children and adults in Lake County. The Clermont-based program is held inside the National Training Center’s Scuba Gym. If nothing else, a scuba program should help them learn to avoid pier pressure.  Thanks to hot temperatures in Lake County and across Central Florida, NASA developed an app to help people identify different types of…
Good folk, good times!

Good folk, good times!

More than 60 acts totaling more than 150 musicians will answer the musical question, “What is folk?” during the 20th annual Lake County Folk Festival. The event is scheduled for Oct. 14-15 at nine venues in and around Ferran Park on Lake Eustis in downtown Eustis. Hours are 10am-9pm Saturday, and 11am-5pm Sunday. Featured performers are Passerine, Larry Mangum, Rachel Grubb, 2PM, and Remedy Tree.…
Don’t bat an eye

Don’t bat an eye

Turn your head, cough, and look at the huge black dot. “Blind as a bat” would be a politically incorrect, as well as inaccurate, way to describe me and my crummy eyesight. First, the phrase is mean and hurtful to those folks who truly have irreparable vision issues. Second, it’s not even true. Bats can see very well, thank you. Unlike the bats, my genetic…
And the winner is…

And the winner is…

Clarissa Bowers, a Umatilla native and graduate of Lake-Sumter State College, is heading to the global Miss World 2017 pageant in November in China to compete against representatives from 120 countries. Clarissa was crowned America’s Miss World 2017 in August, receiving her crown at the national competition in Orlando. “I am overwhelmed with joy,” Clarissa says in a news release. “The America’s Miss World crown…
Be yourself

Be yourself

Adults feel compelled to look and act foolishly on Halloween, and plenty of costume shops indulge them. Here are some of the top trending costumes gleaned from the wonderful World Wide Web, where no idea is too ridiculous: Wonder Woman. “Bob’s Burgers” characters. Inflatables are big: T-Rex dinosaurs, centaurs, cows, squirrels, hippos, and more. Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow from “Game of Thrones.” Orange prison…
Fall craft fair time!

Fall craft fair time!

More than 400 talented vendors from all over the United States will be in Lake County for the 33rd annual Mount Dora Craft Fair, slated for 9am-5pm Oct. 28-29 in downtown Mount Dora. The highly ranked juried event is a great way to get a head start on Christmas shopping for some one-of-a-kind unique finds, including artist-crafted jewelry. Fairgoers are encouraged to utilize the parking…
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