Goodness, is it September already? Time flies.
As always, to make sure you aren’t missing a thing going on in Lake County, check out their events calendar.
For your benefit, however, here are some highlights of what to expect this month.
Hikes and Paddling Classes
With cooler weather beginning to make an appearance, Lake County Parks are offering several outdoor events. Starting September 9, PEAR Park in Leesburg will be offering interpretive hikes along their two-mile trail. I had to look this up, too. What exactly is an “interpretive hike”? The trail is marked with around forty plaques explaining the different types of flora to be found there. You’ll be hiking with park staff for this event, who will be able to answer any questions along the way.
On September 15, the Lake County Water Authority is providing a beginners’ paddling class on Little Lake Harris. Never picked up a paddle? Never gotten into a canoe? No problem! This class introduces the basics of both canoeing and kayaking. Space is limited, though, so call 352-324-6141 ext. 0 to register as early as possible.
Moonlight Players of Clermont will be performing Disney’s Newsies musical from September 7 through 30. The story follows a ragtag group of newspaper boys during the New York Newsboy Strike of 1899. Disney originally produced a movie by the same title in 1992, then followed up with a Broadway show with music by Alan Menken, of Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin fame. I was fortunate enough to see it when an off-Broadway troupe brought it to my hometown. Trust me, you don’t want to settle for the movie.
September seems to be the month of arts and crafts festivals. The longest running, however, is Montverde’s Midweek Farmers and Crafters Market every Wednesday from September 5 through 26, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Come explore fresh produce, seafood, bakery pastries, and homemade specialties. Bring your family and your dogs and enjoy a picnic lunch under the majestic oak trees of Kirk Park. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, just ask; maybe they can special order it!
Transport yourself into the world of BBC period drama at the Anastassia Ballroon and Dance studio on September 28 for an evening of waltzing, foxtrot, polka, and other nineteenth-century classics. For more information on tickets and how to RSVP, visit their website.