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Fourth show added of the Duquesne University Tamburitzans

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altDue to popular demand, Lake-Sumter Community College has added a fourth show of the Duquesne University Tamburitzans! The Tamburitzans are the longest-running American folk ensemble dedicated to the artistic performance and preservation of Eastern European music, song and dance. Colorful and spellbinding, it is culture and tradition brought to life on stage by some of the world's most talented artists. Wherever the Tamburitzans perform, the stage becomes a kaleidoscope of sights and sounds, with over 400 costumes and over 20 musical instruments. This show is a carousel of style and color from the first note to the final stomp! Performance date and time: Saturday, February 27th at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $20 and are subject to availability. All performances are held on the Leesburg Campus of Lake-Sumter Community College in the Paul P. Williams Auditorium. For additional information and reservations, call Mariah Delgado at (352) 365-3506.


February's Opera@theLibrary

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altOpera@theLibrary’s program for February 2011 will be Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier (‘The Knight of the Rose’).  This comedy of errors a la Moliere has become his most popular composition.  Strauss produces a Mozart-like opera which highlights the mores and class distinctions of mid 18th century Vienna.  The music is sensuous and memorable, and a true crowd-pleaser. 

We will be viewing the 1985 Covent Garden production with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa as the Marschallin, along with Anne Howells as Octavian, Barbara Bonney as Sophie, and Aage Haugland as Ochs, with Georg Solti conducting, on Monday, February 28th, 2011, in room 108B in the Cooper Memorial Library from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  There will be brief introductions and announcements, with a lecture before the program by Norma Trivelli, Adjunct Professor of Foreign Languages and vocal coach at Lake-Sumter Community College. 

The programs are free to the general public and everyone is encouraged to attend to heighten their understanding and appreciation for opera overall.  Light refreshments will be provided at intermissions by our Friends of the Opera.  For more information about Opera@theLibrary programs, please contact Dennis Smolarek at (352) 536-2275 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


109th Annual GeorgeFest: America the Beautiful

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New GeorgeFest Event:  Family Olympics

Eustis, FL - While this year’s annual GeorgeFest celebration continues old favorites like the parade and fireworks, new events have been scheduled to appeal to young and old alike.  One of the new activities is the “Family Olympics” competition set up by the Eustis Fire and Police Departments. 

Firefighter Engineer, David Jackson, along with Fire Chief Rex Winn and his wife, Kim, have organized games to allow children to compete for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place ribbons.  The five different challenges are:  Midnight Alarm, Mini-Bucket Brigade, Bean Bag Toss, Ladder Golf, and Fire Hose Challenge.  Volunteers from the Eustis Fire Department will be on hand to help manage the contests.  One of the City’s fire trucks will also be available for kids to climb in and on, as well as pose for photos taken by their parent or guardian.

The Family Olympics will be held on Sunday, February 27th, from Noon to 4:00 p.m. at Fountain Green in Downtown Eustis.  The games will repeat several times during the afternoon to allow for multiple winners.

GeorgeFest 2011 promises to be full of fun and family entertainment, as it has been for the last 108 years! Come out and take part with pride in a triumphant celebration of our country’s founding Father, George Washington.  Admission to the festival is free!  For a brochure of events, send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  For other event information, please contact the Lake Eustis Area Chamber of Commerce at (352) 357-3434, visit us on the web at www.eustischamber.org, or follow us on Facebook!


International Artist Ignites Passion with Restructured Reality

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Over the Intracoastal – Luke AndrewsEustis, FL - Leesburg-born painter Luke Andrews returns from his Savannah home to exhibit dramatic landscape, cityscape and figural paintings at Lake Eustis Museum of Art, 200 B East Orange Ave., from the opening/artist’s talk 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. February 25 through April 10.

VIBRANT VISTAS & VISIONS: LUKE ANDREWS   is the artist’s solo debut in Lake County. His work is exhibited and collected in Europe and in many American venues, including Orlando Museum of Art 1st Thursdays, Orlando City Hall, Gallery at Avalon Island and Nude Nite in Orlando and Tampa. His LEMA exhibit will be a special feature of the ticketed Wine-A-Fare on March 31 at the art museum, with Andrews in attendance.

Andrews’ shaped painting, Opera House Homage, depicting Eustis City Hall as the opera house it was in the early 20th century, is a recent donation the museum’s Permanent Collection.

With a degree in media arts from the University of South Carolina, Andrews spent the past decade in Milan perfecting his vision and painter’s voice to resound with a vibrant 21st century echo of Van Gough. His spirit and passion for color fill often uniquely shaped canvasses with hot city nights and sights from Manhattan, Milan and Miami to Orlando and Eustis.

Working with acrylic paint, Andrews says, “Vibrant colors, organic shapes and passion are key elements of my art. When deconstructing and reconstructing a composition, I breathe new life and personality into the subject while drawing the viewer into my version of reality. My cityscapes and landscapes visually portray the feelings and emotions I experience from the place itself.”

His Twilight in Central Park masterfully captures the feel and experience of a rainy October twilight in the heart of the Manhattan, which is offset by the heat of Andrews’ Miami-tropical/Deco vision of South Beach.

“My artwork is intended to be alive,” Andrews say. Although static, my paintings are in constant motion and flow. Many are on sculpted canvas stretchers that I carve into an original organic shape to further deconstruct ad reconstruct reality. These canvasses embody the same skewed, organic shapes represented in the actual paintings. My figural studies are sensual shapes that tend to emerge from passionate application of the paint.”

The drama of Andrews’ visionary paintings is enhanced on opening night with vocal accompaniment by 14-year-old Olivia Demorse, of Eustis. Demorse debuts with classical songs in Italian and Japanese (without speaking these languages) and English.


Congressman Webster to Hold Town Hall Meeting in Tavares

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altTAVARES — Congressman Daniel Webster will be holding a Town Hall meeting in Lake County on Thursday, February 24th from 5:30 p.m to 6:30 p.m. in the Board Chambers of the Lake County Administration Building, located at 315 W. Main St., Tavares.

The meeting is part of his “Spigot of Spending” tour where he will be discussing ways to eliminate overspending, create jobs, and strengthen the economy.  At the meeting, the Congressman will also be soliciting resident’s input on where to cut Federal spending and how much to cut.

For more information on the meeting, log on to http://webster.house.gov/SpendingSOS or call (407) 654-5705.

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