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The Jewel of Lake County-Long on History
Settled in 1874, the weather, wildlife, fishing, and the beauty of the part of Florida also made it a popular winter destination. Travelers would arrive by wagon train, steamboat, and by 1887, by rail. Often people have called Mount Dora "New England in the south". Often Florida is thought to be flat terrain, however, in Mount Dora, hills abound.
Today, visitors also find themselves enchanted by the many live oaks with moss hanging off them, Arts and Crafts homes and cottages, and the quaint downtown area filled with shoppes and restaurants. Mount Dora has also been known as the Antique Capital of Florida, with Renninger's Twin Markets drawing thousands to their Antique Mall an Flea Market, as well as the antique shops scattered about Mount Dora.
Mount Dora is home to several festivals and events each year, such as the downtown Art Shows, Craft Fairs, Music Festivals, Theatre, Classic Wooden Boat Shows, Sailing Regattas, Holiday Lighting Ceremonies and Parades. The steering committee is pleased to now be a part of Mount Dora's Festival History with The Jane Austen Fest. We believe Jane would have loved Mount Dora!
Room availability is limited. Make your reservations early.
CALL THE LAKESIDE INN: 800-556-5016. Mention the Jane Austen Fest to get a fest discount.
In an atmosphere welcoming to all levels of interest and curiosity, the Jane Austen Fest-Mount Dora strives to present a wide array of programs, presentations and excitement surrounding Jane Austen, the culture of the Regency Era and the culture that evolved from it.
Jane Austen, as a woman, followed her passion and is a relevant role model for today’s women. And to that end we want to help today’s woman follow their passion by offering college scholarships as a out-growth of this festival.
A foot in the 21st Century and a toe in the Regency Era.
Last Saturday, March 2nd, my good friend Susan Mulholland and I had the opportunity to attend a production of Emma at FSU (Florida Southern University) in Tampa. Everything began to look up after we finally found Theatre II. In the lobby we met some women dressed in Regency attire and when we inquired they, of course, were from the West Coast Florida JASNA region.