On Tap This Weekend in Central Florida: Civil War History, Ballet and Scarecrows
Variety is the spice of life this weekend, which offers everything including reenactors, ballet, a charity gala with Tim Tebow, scarecrows, a charity gala, a manatee talk, a chance to clean up native landscaping at a park, music and theater.
Reenactors bring history from the 1800s into the 21st century at Rifles, Rails and History in Tavares. See the Skirmish at Tavares Square with a reenactor surgeon on hand to treat “injuries” in the encampment and a period costume fashion show.
A Christian ballet company brings the story of missionaries and an abandoned woman together during a Russian revolution to the stage in dance on Sunday in Mount Dora.
University of Florida Heisman Trophy winner and professional former football and current baseball player Tim Tebow will be the featured speaker at the Dreamplex Gala Saturday in Clermont.
Nature lovers can help spruce up Dade Battlefield on Saturday and do a good turn for Mother Earth.
Get out and enjoy. The weekend is waiting.
Rifles, Rails and History
Living history is as close as Tavares at the fifth annual Rifles, Rails and History in Wooton Park, 100 E. Ruby St. in Tavares Friday and Saturday. Education day for students and public is on Friday. Visit the Civil War-era encampment and see celebrity reenactors Ulysses Grant, Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and Abraham Lincoln. The opening ceremony is 10 a.m. Saturday with artillery, drummers and bugle corps. The Skirmish at Tavares Square is 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The fashion show with era costumes and tea is at 2:15 Saturday. Free. Details: riflesrailsandhistory.com.
5th Annual Dreamplex Gala
The 5th annual Dreamplex Gala to benefit those with special needs features guest speaker Tim Tebow 6 p.m. Saturday at the Clermont Arts Center, 3700 S. U.S. Highway 27. The evening includes an auction, dinner, dancing and three hours of stage performances. Details and tickets: cfldreamplex.com or Bruce Haase at 414-788-3342.
‘The Scarlet Cord’ Ballet
Christian ballet company Ballet Magnificent! presents “The Scarlet Cord” ballet 6 p.m. Sunday at the Mount Dora Community Center, 520 N. Baker St. The ballet tells the story of two missionaries in the Soviet Union. The main character, Rahab, learns a hard lesson when she is abandoned by the Soviet commander she loved. The missionaries share the hope of Jesus with Rahab as a revolution unfolds. Cost: $25 to $20. Details: mountdoralive.com.
National Public Lands Day
Give a helping hand during National Public Lands Day from 9 a.m. to noon at Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603 in Bushnell. Help remove invasive exotic plants and spruce up native landscaping. Wear long sleeves, pants and closed toe shoes. Bring water, insect repellent, hat, sun screen, gloves and picnic lunch.
Scarecrow Build Off
Organizations, families and businesses can build a scarecrow using material provided or bring a scarecrow to display from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in downtown Leesburg. Trophies awarded in multiple categories and scarecrows will be on display until Oct. 30. Cost is $10 for pre-made scarecrow and $20 using supplies provided. Applications and information available at leesburgpartnership.com.
Biologist Monica Ross of Sea2Shore conservation will give a talk on manatees and Lake county’s manatee, Ms.Leesburg, at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Trout Lake Nature Center, 520 E. County Road 44 in Eustis. Bring a snack to share if you like. Details: oklawaha-audubon.com.
Duet with the Band
Aspiring singers will take the stage to give stardom a shot at Duet with the Band 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Orange Blossom Opry in Weirsdale. Cost: $12 to $14. Details: obopry.com.
‘The Odd Couple’
This is the last weekend to see the Neil Simon comedy based on a 1960s comedy about two unlikely roommates, “The Odd Couple” plays at the Sonnentag Theatre at the IceHouse in Mount Dora. Tickets are $22, $15 for students with ID and $10 for ages 5 to 17. Details: 352-383-3133 or icehousetheatre.com.
‘The Dixie Swim Club’
The Bay Street Players production of “The Dixie Swim Club” at the Bay Street Theatre in Eustis closes this weekend. The play revolves around five Southern women, whose friendship began on a college swim team, meet at a beach cottage every August over the period of 35 years. A funny and poignant comedy about friendships that last forever. Tickets: $21 for adults. $11 for students with ID. Details: baystreetplayers.org.