@ Sunset park / Photos: Nicole Hamel. It’s always a culinary treat when everyone gets a taste of the best eating places in town. The 19th annual Taste of Mount Dora was no exception. Downtown streets were closed and residents and visitors were able to casually stroll through Sunset Park and taste the treats from 20 local restaurants. There was also a silent auction and some great games of chance, as well as live entertainment.
@ Wooten Park / Photos: Nicole Hamel. They may not have been Vikings, but their dragonboats performed beautifully on Lake Dora during DragonFest 2019. Hosted by Lake County Golden Triangle Rotary Club, the colorful event featured dragonboat races, an arts and crafts fair, live entertainment, a car show, a 5K road race, and multiple food vendors. It was a great day of fun on water and land.
@ Orlando Science Center / Photos: Douglas Tyler. During the 10th annual Celebration of Life Gala for AdventHealth Waterman, guests enjoyed a silent auction, elegant dining, and entertainment by MPire, along with a special drawing for a pair of garnet and diamond earrings. The first phase of the emergency services expansion will be opened this month. All proceeds from the gala supported this campaign.
@ The Villages / Photos: Nicole Hamel. The Southern Draft Horse Association sponsored the National Draft Pulling Championship, featuring more than 45 teams of sturdy workhorses at The Villages Polo Club. The sport of horse pulling is simply that—a team of horses pulling heavy loads. The best horses in this competitive sport are worked daily to prepare for the contests. Some may think it’s not good for these horses to be pulling such heavy loads, but the truth is, draft horses were bred to handle weight and pulling. The winning lightweight team was Durgin Pulling and the winning heavyweight team was Roger and Smock.
@ Leesburg Boat Club / Photos: Nicole Hamel. Mardi Gras is one of the most popular celebrations in Leesburg, and one of the highlights is the crowning of the king and queen. This year’s royalty was King Rex, Steve Bell, and Queen Divine, Lyndsi Johnson. All guests wore formal attire or costumes and enjoyed the music of Hypersona. The royals were crowned at the Leesburg Boat Club.
BABETTE’S EXPANDS TO A NEW STORE IN BROWNWOOD PADDOCK SQUARE
Popular furniture and décor store Babette’s Furniture & Home has opened a new location in Brownwood Paddock Square in The Villages. The 12,000-square-foot showroom features the same quality furniture and home décor found in the Leesburg store. The grand opening was truly a celebration of 30 years of serving this area with an unparalleled reputation for quality and service.