Things to do in Lake County this weekend: Scottish Festival, more

Looking for something to do in Lake County this weekend? You have options.

The calendar is full of festivals, parties, 5Ks and more. Why not attend a show? Community theater stages are also buzzing.

Here’s a look at your options for the weekend of February 18-20.

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Mount Dora Scottish Highland Festival

Put on your kilts and head to Mount Dora for their Scottish Festival on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Celebrate Scottish culture at Mount Dora with pipers, Highland athletics, Celtic music, dancing, heritage clan society and village, and more. Enjoy Scottish music, Highland dancing, tartan parade, pipe and drum shows, children’s activities, food and drink vendors, merchandise vendors and society tents.

The Medieval Mile Race will take place on Saturday at 8 a.m. and Celtic Woman’s Mairead Nesbitt will take the stage at 3:30 p.m.


5th Annual Big Orange Day

On Saturday, Sunsational Farms in Umatilla will host its 5th annual Big Orange Day from noon to 7 p.m.

The event includes chili and barbecue cooking, food trucks, carnival games, a bee train, bouncy houses and more.

General admission is free. The chili cooking area is $10 for adults and $5 for students. Children four and under are free.


Gary David Reece

Singer-songwriter Gary David Reece and Gloria Anne Profit will be in concert Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Living Drama Theater in Eustis. They will perform some of his own work as well as numbers from other artists.

Tickets are $10 to $15.


ABBA tribute show

The Best of ABBA with Dancing Dream The ABBA tribute band plays the Swedish band’s 70s hits at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Mount Dora Community Building.

Tickets cost between $25 and $30.


Sonic Meet and Greet Party

Meet at the Lake Square Mall in Leesburg on Saturday at noon outside Books-a-Million for their Sonic Meet and Greet Party. There will be crafts, stories, pizza, and of course an encounter with Sonic the Hedgehog.

This is a free event for children of all ages.


African American Heritage Parade and Festival

Come and experience the 29th Annual African American Heritage Celebration in honor of Black History Month with a parade on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Eustis, followed by a festival with entertainment, African American food, African fashions, arts, crafts and more.

The parade begins on Prescott Street, continues east on Bates Avenue, turns left on Wall Street, turns left on Dixie Avenue at Eustis High School 9th ​​Grade Center (Curtwright Campus) where the festival will be held.


Relive Leesburg’s Mardi Gras Parade

LakeFront TV will broadcast Leesburg’s Mardi Gras Parade at 7 p.m. Saturday. The parade took place last Saturday in downtown Leesburg.

Enjoy on Xfinity Channel 22, Prism Channel 21, Spectrum Channel 497 or on Roku or Apple TV.


“Steel Magnolias”

The Standing Ovation Academy’s first adult theater production, “Steel Magnolias,” wraps up its two-week run Sunday at the Tropic Theater in downtown Leesburg.

The play takes place in Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the women who are “anybody” come to get their hair done. Aided by her eager new assistant, Annelle, the outspoken and wise Truvy hands out free shampoos and advice to the town’s grumpy rich, Ouiser, an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, and local social leader, M’Lynn, whose daughter Shelby is about to marry a good old boy.

Filled with hilarious repartee and acerbic but revealing verbal collisions with humor, the play turns to drama when, in the second act, Shelby, who is diabetic, risks a pregnancy and loses her life. The sudden realization of their mortality affects others, but also taps into the underlying strength and love, which gives the play and its characters the special quality to make them truly touching, funny and wonderfully lovable company. in good and bad times.

The cast includes LaTonyia Drayton McDuffie as Truvy, Kenyatta Edwards as Annelle, Teri Zalewski as Clairee, Madison Sawyer as Shelby, Marann ​​Curtis as M’Lynn, and Charlotte Jardine as Ouiser. The show is directed by the theater’s general manager, Jennifer Wade.

“In my more than thirty years of theatrical experience, I can honestly say that I have never come across a cast that embodied the characters of a story better than this ensemble,” Wade said in an email. . “They worked so diligently to make each of these characters believable and relatable to audiences.

“I poll the audience at the start of every show to see who hasn’t seen the hugely popular 80s film and usually only a few hands go up which means the audience already has high expectations. So at the end of the show, as the audience walks out to hear comments like “That’s really Truvy!” and ‘Ouir was so on point.’ It melts my heart and validates all of their hard work. It’s a great story, and I’m so honored to have the opportunity to work with such an incredibly talented team.

Tickets cost between $7.50 and $18


feast of the beast

Sunrise Leesburg Rotary and the Leesburg Center for the Arts join forces to bring you Beast Feast 2022, Taste of Wild Florida on Fridays from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Beneath the oak trees of the historic Mote-Morris House, this all-you-can-eat feast features a wide variety of Florida wild game prepared by our favorite local pitmasters and the local Union of Professional Firefighters, along with your favorite Southern-style sides, drinks and live music.

Proceeds raised benefit the Leesburg Center for the Arts.


SPAYghetti dinner

It’s Spaghetti for a Cause at LEASH’s SPAYghetti Benefit Dinner Saturday at 5 p.m.

The cost is $35 and includes dinner, dessert, drinks and one adult drink. There will also be a silent auction, a bag raffle and a 50/50 draw. Call 407-399-4204 or 352-340-3803 for tickets.


A tribute to the Motown showcase

Join us for an exciting evening of entertainment featuring the talents of Starlight Dancers to the live sounds of Rocky & The Rollers on Friday from 6:30-10:30 p.m. A seated dinner will be included, prepared by Ember’s Catering with a bar at wine and beer.

Tickets are $90 per person and are available now by stopping by the Starlight Ballroom & Dance Center located in historic downtown Leesburg.


5th Annual Central Florida Injured Vets Run

Grab your bikes and join the 5th Annual Central Florida Injured Vets Race at Gator Harley Davidson, 1745 US HWY 441 in Leesburg on Saturdays starting at 9 a.m.

The Central Florida Wounded Vet Run is much more than a motorcycle event. It’s not like other injured veteran support organizations; it’s locals helping local heroes. They work with community businesses and cultivate friendships with our awardees so they can better serve them. Each year, the Central Florida Wounded Vet Run will be dedicated to different disabled veterans.



The Orlando Russian Ballet and the Orlando Opera join for a spectacular production of “Carmen” Sunday at 5 p.m. at the Mount Dora Community Building.

Tickets cost between $25 and $45.


Chase Padgett: 6 guitars

Chase Padgett is bringing his solo show, 6 Guitars, back to the State Theater in Eustis today through February 27 for two weekends of performances from today through February 27.

A perfect blend of music, comedy, and drama, it depicts six guitar-playing characters, each representing their own style of music. As each character shares the anecdotes and songs that define their relationship to music, audiences are treated to jaw-dropping musicianship, beautiful storytelling, and top-notch comedy.

Tickets are $35.


AdventHealth Howey-in-the-Hills 5k, 10k and 13.1 weekend

The Howey in the Hills race weekend returns this Saturday starting at 7:15 a.m. and this year is bigger and better with a new distance added to highlight the historic Mission Inn Resort and Spa. Come run or walk in this beautiful town located on picturesque Little Harris Lake.

You can watch the sunrise as you run along the shore of the lake, near Howey Manor, and around the town’s scenic rural countryside. The half marathon will also take participants through the resort and residential streets of the Mission Inn, as the course loops through the streets of this hidden gem in Central Florida.


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