Time: July 23, 2011 from 7pm to 10pm
Location: Lakeside Inn - Mount Dora
Street: 100 Alexander St
City/Town: Mount Dora, Florida
Website or Map: http://www.orlandosentinel.co…
Event Type: free, concert, at, lakeside, inn
Organized By: Jim Gunderson
Latest Activity: Jul 22, 2011
THIS Saturday - July 23rd
7:00 to 10:00 PM
YOU are invited to join
Sue from Connections Groups
and Shelley Costello (ABC Business Connectors)
on the lawn, behind the pool bar
at the beautiful LAKESIDE INN
MOUNT DORA — Jim Gunderson understands that in order to have friends, you must first become one.
To win back former customers of the Lakeside Inn and to create new ones, Gunderson will stage a free concert on the lawn with The Forefathers from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday.
The four-member group plays original music, a high-energy fusion of Celtic, New Age and Afro-beat music styles. Their new CD, "Aurora," debuted on the nationally broadcast NPR program "Echoes" and is No. 8 on the Best of Echoes 2011 list.
All people need to bring is a donation — nonperishable food or cash — for Lake Cares Food Pantry, and a lawn chair or blanket.
Gunderson recognizes that before he bought the 129-year-old inn, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the hotel had seen better days.
Since purchasing the property last year, Gunderson has been renovating the 87 rooms, the pool area and the lakefront. He emphasized that he considers himself a steward of the property, and calls the inn home until his wife, Alexandra, sells their house in Naples. They want to live in downtown Mount Dora.
"It would be nice to continue to be part of downtown with the opportunity to walk to work," he said. "The great thing about Mount Dora is to be able to walk everywhere."
Gunderson said he wants people to make use of the inn, to think of it as a place to gather or to people-watch and, especially, to recommend it to out-of-towners.
"That's the danger — you can't take it for granted," he said. "There are no grants, there is no corporate chain behind it. The goal is not to throw some paint on it and flip it. We look ahead to 30 years here."
The concert will take place rain or shine. Lakeside Inn is offering weekend deals.
For more information, call 1-800-556-5016.