Fr. Robert Webster, Fr. Bob as he is known to his parishioners, will be the featured speaker at the January 13th meeting of the South Lake County Historical Society. Fr. Bob, pastor of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church will be discussing the history of the Catholic Church in Clermont. As always, the public is invited to attend the meeting which will be held at 7:00 PM in the historic Train Depot located at 490 West Street in Clermont's Historic Village.
The South Lake County Historical Society and the members of the Holidays in the Village Committee in particular would like to say "Thank You" to this year’s sponsors; Micki Blackburn Reality, Schmid Construction & the South Lake Tablet; to all the small businesses and service organizations that decorated; to all the volunteers who helped make the event possible; and most especially, to all the wonderful people who attended and made this year’s event such a big success.
We will be getting together soon to start planning next year's theme and dates. So, if you came this year and enjoyed yourself or, if you missed it and wish you hadn't, be sure to keep an eye out for information about next year starting in the fall of 2014. If you are interested in being involved in Holidays in the Village 2014 or in the South Lake County Historical Society in general, please contact Dodie King, Village Manager, at 352-593-8496.
Howard King, and a host of other Historical Society members, was on hand Saturday, December 7th to prepare food and serve cool sodas & water to the participants in Clermont's annual Christmas Parade. The Historic Village's location near the staging area for the Parade made it the ideal location for hungry & thirsty participants and their family members to grab a bite both before and after the Parade. Due to the unseasonal heat on the 7th the Historical Society actually ran out of water twice! (Special thanks to Keith Westphal for making the water run.) We promise to have much more on hand for next year’s event.
The Historic Village is owned by the City of Clermont and maintained by the South Lake County Historical Society. The Village is home to two historic houses, the original Cooper Memorial Library, a World War II Quonset Hut, a Train Depot, and replicas of the Hooks Schoolhouse & an outhouse. The Village is open to the public every Friday from 1:00 until 3:00 PM and Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. Admission is free but donations are requested.
This weekend is your last chance to see the beautiful doll shown above and all the other amazing Christmas decorations at the Historic Village located at 490 West Ave., Clermont. The Village will be open from 1:00 until 8:00 PM on December 20th, 21st, and 22nd with lantern tours given after dark. Musical entertainment will be offered each afternoon at varying times by Judy Jackson on the Hammered Dulcimer, on Saturday evening between 6:00 & 7:00 by the Sisters of Sound, and on Sunday evening between 6:00 & 7:00 by Larry Rescoe and Betty Sue Jones. Santa and Mrs. Clause are also planning to drop by this weekend.
The Village is home to two historic houses, the original Cooper Memorial Library, a World War II Quonset Hut, a Train Depot, and replicas of the Hooks Schoolhouse & an outhouse. Every room in every building, the porches and even a garden have been decorated by local small businesses and service organizations with "Holidays Around the World" as this year’s theme. As usual, admission into the Village is free but a donation of $5.00 for adults is requested. This year, why not include a family visit to Clermont's Historic Village Museum as one of your "must dos" for the holidays? It is the perfect way to get into the spirit of the holidays as well as experience life in Clermont 100 years ago.
This weekend marks the opening of the Second Annual "Holidays in the Village" at Clermont's Historic Village Museum. Located at 490 West Avenue, the Village is home to two historic houses, the original Cooper Memorial Library, a World War II Quonset Hut, a Train Depot, and replicas of the Hooks Schoolhouse & an outhouse. Every room in every building, the porches and even a garden have been decorated by local small businesses and service organizations with "Holidays Around the World" as this year's theme.
The Village will be open on December 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, and 22 from 1:00 PM until 8:00 PM with lantern tours provided after dark. Local musicians and school groups have been invited to perform and Santa and Mrs. Clause have promised to drop by when their busy schedules permit. As usual, admission into the Village is free but a donation of $5.00 for adults is requested. This year, why not include a family visit to Clermont's Historic Village Museum as one of your must dos for the holidays? It is the perfect way to get into the spirit of the holidays as well as experience life in Clermont 100 years ago.
Christmas is coming and it is time to make your holiday plans. This year, why not include a visit to Clermont’s Historic Village Museum as one of your must dos? The entire Village, every room, every porch and even some of the gardens will be decorated by local small businesses and service organizations with “Holidays Around the World” as this year’s theme. Local musicians and school groups have been invited to perform and Santa and Mrs. Clause have promised to drop by when their busy schedules permit on December 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, and 22 from 1:00 PM until 8:00 PM. Lantern tours will be provided after dark to give you a taste of what it was like in Clermont 100 years ago.
So, bring the entire family and join in the holiday spirit. As always, Admission to the Historic Village Museum is free but donations are requested.
Over 350 runners and walkers of all ages joined in on the fun on Saturday, November 23rd for the second annual Toyota Turkey Trot. Sponsored by Back to School is Cool and the South Lake County Historical Society, the event raises money for both organizations ongoing projects. It also provides an opportunity for local runners/walkers to get out and enjoy a beautiful fall morning along the shores of Lake Minneola. All participants received medals upon completion of the 5K in addition to a complimentary breakfast provided by Beef O' Brady’s. The overall first place winners and the winners in each age category also received an additional medal denoting their win.
Toni "Ma" Bell, former guidance counselor at Clermont High School and owner of Bell Ceramics with her husband, attended the November 11th meeting of the South Lake County Historical Society and presented President Ray Goodgame with a doll "made here in Clermont" which is now on display in one of the second floor bedrooms in the Kern House. The Historical Society will also be receiving another doll from Mrs. Bell which will be displayed in the Cooper Memorial Library. Both the Kern House and the Cooper Memorial Library, located in the Historic Village 490 West Ave. in Clermont, can be toured every Friday from 1:00 to 3:00 PM and every Saturday & Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00 PM.
Gene Thomas, a long-time Clermont resident & member of the South Lake County Historical Society, was the speaker at Monday night's meeting of the Historical Society. When he retired, Gene looked for an "old fashioned" skill that he could do with his hands and carving turned out to be just what he wanted. As a part of his talk, Gene shared examples of the various types of carving he enjoys doing; mostly rustic, unpainted, with a hint of whimsy. Gene is pictured above after his presentation with Bobby Ray explaining how to carve a rolling ball inside a cage from one piece of wood.
Two things Gene wanted to be sure his audience learned from his talk were the difference between whittling & carving and the rules of carving. First, a whittler uses only one tool (usually a pen knife) and a carver has multiple tools at his disposal. Second, there are only two rules in carving. Number one, carve away anything that doesn't look like what you want and number two, don't carve anything that bleeds!
The public is invited to attend the monthly meetings of the South Lake County Historical Society which are held the second Monday of the month at 7:00 PM at the Depot in the Historic Village. The December meeting will be our annual meeting with election of board members. In January we will begin our featured speakers for 2014 including Father Bob Webster from Blessed Sacrament Church in February.
It's not a secret anymore, Holidays in the Village is back and better than before! Once again the Historic Village in downtown Clermont is opening its doors for a grand holiday celebration. This year all the rooms in the Village will be reflecting the idea of "Holidays Around the World." Be sure to mark your calendar now so you won't miss this unique opportunity to share the holiday spirit with family and friends.
The Village will be open from 1:00 to 8:00 PM on December 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, and 22 with lantern tours available after dark. Musical entertainment will be provided at various times and refreshments will be available. For the youngsters, Mr. & Mrs. Clause have promised to come by when their busy schedules allow.
Saturday, November 9th 6:00am - 10am
This is an exclusive ticketed event! You must purchase a ticket in advance to visit Belk during the sale hours.
Tickets are only $5 and you receive $5 off your purchase at Belk on the day of the sale! Clermont Village will keep all of the proceeds from the ticket sales and ticket holders receive 20-70% off storewide.
The first 100 customers will also receive a free gift card valued between $5 and $1000.
Contact Pat Corradino by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (352) 536-5130 to purchase your ticket today!
For more info, visit Belk.com.
The fabulous duo, Singing Tree, is making a return appearance on Sunday, October 20th from 4:00 to 6:00 PM in the auditorium of Clermont’s new Community Center. This past year has been an exciting one for the duo of Ray Belanger on Hammered Dulcimer and Lloyd Goldstein on Double Bass. In addition to their ongoing performances at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, they performed this past spring to a standing room only crowd at Sykes Chapel at the University of Tampa. Most recently they attended the National Bassist Convention and workshops in Kansas City. Lloyd was an instructor and Singing Tree performed for the staff and students as well as famous bassists from all around the world where they received a standing ovation.
This is the third year that Ray and Lloyd have come to Clermont to share their unique music and to charm us with their winning personalities. As in the past, all proceeds from the sale of tickets will go to promote the ongoing efforts of the South Lake County Historical Society and Clermont’s Historic Village. Tickets for this year’s performance are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for students under 18 and may be purchased from members of the Historical Society’s Board or by contacting the Village Manager, Dodie King, at 352-593-8496.
For more information about Singing Tree, visit their website SingingTreeDuo.com
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Edmond Amateis, an internationally famous sculptor, spent several years towards the end of his life as a resident of Clermont. That is how the South Lake Hospital came to be in possession of the plaster molds Mr. Amateis used when creating the busts of Franklin Roosevelt and 15 polio experts in 1956 for display in Warm Springs, GA. When the South Lake County Historical Society opened the original Cooper Memorial Library as a museum, the hospital donated the molds to be displayed in the library.
Edmond Amateis was born in Rome to American parents and was raised in Washington, D.C. His education at Beaux Arts Institute of Design in New York City was interrupted by World War I when he fought and studied in Europe. After the war, he returned to New York and completed his studies at Beaux Arts Institute. In addition to the busts of the polio experts, Mr. Amateis’ important works include two aquatic horses at the Baltimore War Memorial, relief for the Rochester Times-Union building, frieze for the Kansas City Library Memorial, and relief & spandrels for the Department of Labor & Interstate Commerce building in D.C. Mr. Amateis is also a famous botanist with several varieties of plants named in his honor.
If you would like to see all of the plaster molds on display at the Cooper Memorial Library as well as all the other items showcased there and in all the buildings at the Historic Village come by any Friday between 1:00 and 3:00 PM or any Saturday or Sunday between 1:00 and 4:00 PM. For more information about the Historic Village or the South Lake County Historical Society contact Dodie King, Village Manager, at 352-593-8496 or go to our web site at ClermontVillage.org.
Phil Cross, a 7th generation Floridian and president and historian of the Central Florida Railroad Historical Society, was the featured speaker at the June meeting of the South Lake County Historical Society. The Oakland Native has researched central Florida railroad history and the history of Oakland, Tildenville and Killarney for over 55 years.
Mr. Cross began his talk with a history of the first railroad to reach Clermont, the Orange Belt Railroad, which at one time was the longest narrow gauge railroad east of the Mississippi. The Orange Belt served our community and the surrounding area all the way to St. Petersburg for 97 years. The next railroad to serve the Clermont area was the Tavares & Gulf which was affectionately known as the "Tug & Grunt" because it was always late and always jumping the track. In fact, at one time it held the record for jumping the track. While the "T & G" never fulfilled its goal of having three major lines serving the east and west coasts and one going down the center of the state, it did operate for 82 years; and in 1949 carried more perishable freight per mile of track than any other railroad.
If you are interested in history in general or the history of South Lake County in particular, contact the Historical Society by going to our website at ClermontVillage.org, by calling Dodie King, Historic Village manager, at 352-593-8496 or come to one of our monthly meetings.
Father’s Day is just around the corner! Why not honor your father or grandfather with a permanent memorial by purchasing a brick in his honor to be placed at Clermont’s Historic Village. For only $50.00 you can have names and a message of three lines with up to 18 characters on each line engraved on a brick that will be placed in the circular walkway between the Kern House and the Little Cooper Memorial Library.
For more information, contact Dodie King, Village Manager, at 352-593-8496.
Kathy Brown from the Florida Scrub-Jay Trail and B.B. Brown Gardens spoke at the May 13th meeting of the South Lake County Historical Society. As the audience was shown beautiful slides, Kathy talked about native plants, sharing information about their history, their uses as food sources and the butterflies and birds they attract. For those interested in introducing native plants into their yards Kathy said that the most important key to doing this successfully is to have a plan drawn up before beginning.
Kathy then spoke about the Scrub-Jay, sharing information about its habitat, their young, and the threats to its very existence. The Scrub-Jay Trail located on Monte Vista Road in Clermont, is dedicated to educating interested groups & individuals about the Scrub-Jay as well as preserving its habitat.
In spite of the rainy weather those attending the South Lake County Historical Society’s demonstration party on May 4th had a lovey time. Representatives from Bellaroma, Dove Chocolate and Premier Jewelry displayed their wares, gave a brief talk and took orders. Keep an eye out of information about the demonstration party the Historical Society will be hosting in the fall featuring three different products.
Jamaal Anderson Reid has been awarded the rank of Eagle Scout. His achievement was celebrated in a Court of Honor at the Village on May 4th. Jamaal, a member of Troop 784, built the Outhouse for the Village. The SLCHS appreciates his hard work and congratulates him on his accomplishment.
Mother’s Day is just around the corner! Why not honor your mother or grandmother with a permanent memorial by purchasing a brick in her honor to be placed at Clermont’s Historic Village. For only $50.00 you can have names and a message of three lines with up to 18 characters on each line engraved on a brick that will be placed in the circular walkway between the Kern House and the Little Cooper Memorial Library. For more information, contact Dodie King, Village Manager, at 352-593-8496.
Bonnie Ray, former Clermont librarian and founding member of the South Lake County Historical Society spoke at the April 23rd meeting of the Clermont City Council. Bonnie asked each Council member to join the Historical Society in a project to preserve the life stories of individuals. She presented each member with a “fill-in the blanks” form designed by her to enable any interested person to write a personal biography. She told all present that the idea is to make a copy for each child and grandchild as well as one for the Historical Society to keep in a file located in the Historic Village. If you are interested in history in general, the history of South Lake County in particular or in obtaining one of the forms mentioned above; contact Dodie King, Historic Village manager, at 352-593-8496.
Bonnie Ray, former librarian and founding member of the South Lake County Historical Society, entertained those attending Monday’s meeting with a viewing of the Rosemary Young movie, “Discover Clermont.” The movie was produced to be shown on television as an enticement to encourage people to move to the “Gem of the Hills.” In spite of the age of the film, Bonnie was able to show it in its entirety. After the film, she then showed slides she had made in the 1970’s showing pictures of early settlers in Clermont. Everyone in attendance agreed that the evening was a great success.