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Upcoming Events


• with special guest Jim McNalis •

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Noted author Gilbert King will participate in an open discussion on his best-selling Lake County-based works, Devil in the Grove and Beneath a Ruthless Sun. In this very special appearance, he will be joined by artist Jim McNalis who will introduce and unveil his sculpted portrait of heroic Mount Dora Topic reporter Mabel Norris Reese. An audience-inclusive Q&A session will be held, followed by a book signing by Mr. King.

For information on Mabel Norris Reese, or to make a donation toward the statue fund, visit

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Throughout his life, Jim McNalis has immersed himself in a wide range of visual and performing arts -- as a musician, author, playwright, artist, and sculptor. Following service as a US Navy lieutenant in the Pentagon and Vietnam, he worked in Florida as the Walt Disney Company's Senior Artist, Art Director, and Chief of Design Quality and Development. A self-proclaimed 'travel junkie' McNalis has traveled the world to create large scale sculptures featured in New Orleans' Mardi Gras parades and festivals in Spain. He is perhaps best known for his political caricatures and sculptures that focus on men and women who exemplify what he believes is the highest virtue: Courage. It is for this reason he accepted the commission of a work that recognizes Mabel Norris Reese; a woman of considerable tenacity, persistence, fortitude... and courage.


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Although it’s been half a century since Beatlemania was born, generation after generation of fans continue to keep the Beatles on the top of nearly every musical poll. But how, in just a few years, did four musically untrained teenagers evolve into the most popular rock n’ roll group of all time? Presented by the First Presbyterian Church of Mount Dora, this free presentation features cultural historian Gary McKechnie who will connect the dots to reveal the magic and mystery behind the Beatles’ fame and lasting influence. From all-night shows in Hamburg bars to lunchtime sessions in a converted Liverpool warehouse to landmark performances on England’s Royal Variety Performance and America’s Ed Sullivan Show, once the Beatles hit their stride, they influenced the direction of music, fashion, film, youth… and the world.



Why did J.P. Donnelly beat up an alligator? What deadly 'cat and mouse' game was played on Wolf Branch Road? What role did cows play in establishing Mount Dora as a place of calm and tranquility?

Learn the answers to these and other questions about Mount Dora's past as local historian Gary McKechnie presents tales from 'A Brief History of Mount Dora' (signed copies available), co-authored with his wife, Nancy Howell. Back by popular demand, in this entertaining and informative FREE presentation Gary will introduce a few new stories and some of the notable personalities that helped make Mount Dora what it is today.


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The world's only authentic production in sight and sound, Sally Olson and Ned Mills recreate The Carpenters' famed 1976 UK Tour. This definitive show celebrates the music and history off the famed brother-sister duo in a carefully crafted journey back to a time when melody, harmony, and well-conceived composition ruled the music scene.

Notably, Ms. Olson is the first-ever Karen Carpenter tribute artist to perform with the renowned Legends in Concert series, enjoying an extended run in their Myrtle Beach venue. Audiences agree Olson captures the essence and beauty of that era in a thoroughly enjoyable and romantic evening of song.


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We first came to know him as one half of the British Invasion duo Peter & Gordon through their global smash World Without Love. Now in his first Mount Dora appearance, he returns in “Peter Asher: A Musical Memoir of the 60s and Beyond” which brings a multimedia experience to the stage, hosted by the two-time Grammy winner for Producer of the Year.

In an evening of music and memories, Asher will share stories of his work with Gordon Waller, his friendship with the Beatles, and his years as producer and manager of James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, and other music legends. It's the story of rock n' roll -- presented in person.

Bringing live entertainment to Mount Dora has been the passion of the founders of Mount Dora Productions, who led the movement to renovate the historic Community Building. Through MDP as well as the Mount Dora Music Festival and Mount Dora Library Association, they have brought local and nationally recognized artists and celebrities to Mount Dora including Roger McGuinn, John Sebastian, Jack Jones, Melissa Manchester, the Lovin' Spoonful, the Association, Jefferson Starship, Suzy Boggus, Leon Redbone, Rita Coolidge and many more to fulfill their mission to enhance the city's social, economic, and artistic environment.