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Happy 90th Birthday, Belle Isle!

Happy 90th Birthday, Belle Isle!

October 30 2014

“You get a line, I’ll get a pole, honey!” As the old Southern folk song goes, fishermen have always been lured to our lakes hook, line and sinker, and of course, sailors and water skiers too. Belle Isle is all about the water! In fact, the City is made up of 54% water. In 1924, the government of Belle Isle was established because of, what else, the water! The job at hand was the preservation of the pristine waters of Lake Conway. The new citizens unanimously voted on the city’s name, which means “beautiful island,” and now, ninety years later, Belle Isle is still a little gem nestled around the water! It was once said, “Each memory we keep with care means future happiness to share.” Linda Thomas Beery, of the Thomas Lumber family, fondly remembers summer vacations in Belle Isle.Her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Thomas Sr., would pack up the children and maids for a trek out of town, and out of the heat! The family only had to travel the distance from Downtown Orlando, but to Linda, it was a really big event. “At that time, Lake Conway seemed remote and far away,” she reminisces. “We would spend the summer at the family camp, which was really a big house on the lake.”

Another long-time Belle Islander, Ryan Heath, recalls riding in his uncle’s 1940 Studebaker to go swimming at Scotchman’sBeach. This popular beach was so named because the Scottish were considered frugal, and, while nearby Pleasure Beach had an admission price of 25 cents, Scotchman’s Beach was free. Back in the day, to get to this particular swimming hole, they would travel down a two- lane Conway Road, go around the Conway Circle (an early version of a roundabout), and head west on Hoffner Avenue. The white-sand beach and cool, sparkling water brought refreshment during the hot summers of the ‘40s and ‘50s. By 1960, private addresses were replacing the public beach. The Kuck family, founders of Regal Boats, built their home on the two lots that used to be called Scotchman’s Beach. In fact, the original flag pole still stands there today!

Long before ski boats were popular, a common sight on Lake Conway was sailboats dancing and flying across the water. Even prior to the Orlando Yacht Club’s regattas of the 1930s, William Wallace Harney, a poet who was one of the original settlers, wrote about the scattering of sailboats on Lake Conway. Many others will remember the coquina-rock building that housed the Yacht Club. This building was used for Belle Isle elections and as a local meeting place all the way into the 1990s.

Through the years, memories as well as urban legends, have been shared about life on this beautiful isle. One such enigma was the glinting shards of glass lining the top of the concrete block wall along Hoffner, surrounding what is now the home of William Price. For decades, there has been much speculation about that sharp, bauble encrusted header atop the high wall. Was the intimidating wall meant to keep prying eyes away from possible mafia activity? “Not so,” says Marnay Meredith Coleman, who grew up next door. In the 1930s and early 1940s, her sanctuary was surrounded by huge, elegant oak trees, giving it the name Merewood , which means “forest by the water. “ Most people now would recognize this as the Chapin’s residence. When the war began in 1941, the owners of the fortress had the glass menacingly placed on the wall to keep out possible invading German soldiers! No wonder, since it is rumored that this family had fled Nazi Germany! Included in the wall was a thick aqua-blue door complete with a lock for added protection and security. Apparently, war time had an unsettling effect on the lady of this dwelling, causing suspicion and angst against her neighbor. She even called the FBI to report that Marnay’s mother, Jane Meredith , was using a lantern to send signals to the Germans from her dock each night! When Marnay turned 14, her mother moved them to Downtown Orlando. She worried that a suitor would never travel as far as Belle Isle to date her daughter!

Yes, Belle Isle has always been, and still to this day is a charming community that embraces and cherishes one of the cleanest lakes in Central Florida. Many thanks to Mayor Bill Brooks and City Manager, Keith Severns, as well as the seven elected city commissioners who honorably serve the citizens. Belle Isle has always boasted some of the lowest taxes in Central Florida and has one of the lowest crime rates in the area, thanks to the dedicated Belle Isle Police Department. Many residents have been
heard to say, “We love Belle Isle.” Who wouldn’t want to live in such a magical place as this?Mark your calendars for Belle Isle’s 90th Birthday Celebration on Saturday, November 8th. It will be an exciting all day event so check the website for more information at www.cityofbelleislefl.org.

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Community Calendar

Edgewood Farmer’s Market & Chefs on Wheels

Oct 30 2014

Ends in 26 days

& Chefs on Wheels (Food Trucks) every Thursday. December 13th Santa arrives it will be a great time for a family and/or pet photo with Santa. In addition to Santa, we will have our weekly Farmer’s Market that brings you a variety of local and regional items from fresh produce to home-made specialties. Our Chefs on Wheels Food Trucks, create their own culinary delights for you to enjoy in an outdoor garden setting. Connect with us on facebook at “The Edgewood District” to find out information on Holiday Happenings, and LIVE Entertainment. Bring your family and meet your friends or start a DATE night, located at 405 Larue Ave. 32809. EDGEWOOD, FL.

Plant Sale And Guest Lecturers

Oct 31 2014

Ends in about 20 hours

9:30AM to 4:30PM The American Orchid Society has selected an Orlando-area venue for its 2014 Fall Members’ Meeting that will include a 3-day orchid plant sale, international orchid vendors, guest lecturers from around the world, and numerous live-orchid exhibits sponsored by Florida orchid societies. At the Sheraton Orlando North, 600 N. Lake Destiny Dr., Maitland, FL 32751 (407-660-9000). A daily admission fee of $5.00 includes not only vendor sales, but several presentations. Tickets for daily admission and other events may also be purchased online athttps://www.aos.org/store/ eventregistration.aspx

Story Time at Leu Gardens

Nov 03 2014

10:00 - 11:00 am Harry P. Leu Gardens offers free admission from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the first Monday of every month. Story Time provided by the Orange County Library System 10:00 am - 10:15 am Infant Time (up to 18 months) 10:20 am - 10:35 am Toddler Time (18 mntht - 2yrs) 10:40 am - 11:00 am Preschool Time (3 to 5 years

Apple Core Open House

Nov 06 2014

Ends in 7 days

See Christmas Decorations, Door Prizes and Refershments. We will be selling wrapped ornaments which make great stocking stuffers or Christmas gifts. Part of the proceeds will be going to a charity that helps feed needy families in the community.

Annual Fall Bazaar

Nov 07 2014

Ends in 7 days

Friday, November 7, 8:00-4:00 & Saturday, November 8, 8:00-2:00 At Azalea Park United Methodist Church · Handmade Boutique Items, Christmas and Holiday Crafts, Handmade Quilts and Wall Hangings, Country Store with Soup Mix, Cookie Mix, Homemade Jams and More! · Bake Sale – Cakes, Cookies, Candy! · White Elephant Sale – Lots of Bargains! Holiday shopping... Unique items made in the USA... Something for everyone! Located at 50 Willow Drive, Orlando 32807 (East of Semora

Annual Garage and Bake Sale

Nov 07 2014

Ends in 7 days

Friday, November 7th: 8am-4pm and Saturday, November 8th: 8am-Noon Multi family event, items include household items, clothing, shoes, toys and homemade baked goods. Held at 621 Marscastle Ave., Orlando. All proceeds support our philanthropic endeavors: Canine Companions for Independence, Victims of Domestic Violence, Wounded Warriors, HOBY, Sew Much Comfort and many more community charities!

Date Night at Leu Gardens

Nov 07 2014

7:30 pm See a classic movie or current feature film on one of the largest outdoor screens in Central Florida. This months film is A Street Car Called Desire. Pack a dinner picnic basket and a blanket or chairs, alcohol is permitted. Great food and drinks are available for purchase. Gardens open at 6:00 pm and movie begins at 7:30pm. Cost: $6 adults, $3 kids, Free for members.

Belle Isle Turns 90 Saturday, November 8

Nov 08 2014

Festivities will begin with a parade, a 90th birthday cake, an arts & crafts sidewalk festival, food trucks, entertainment throughout the day, ending with a movie night beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Cornerstone Academy football field. Updates, vendor applications and parade route can be found on the cities website. www.cityofbelleislefl.org

Blessed Trinity CARPORT SALE!

Nov 08 2014

9 am - 2 pm Lots of quality clothing, shoes, knick knacks, small appliances, Books at BARGAIN PRICES!! ONE DAY ONLY! Join us at Second Blessing Thrift Shoppe, 4545 Anderson Rd., 32812

Belle Isle Turns 90 Saturday, November 8

Nov 08 2014

Saturday, November 8 Festivities will begin with a parade, a 90th birthday cake, an arts & crafts sidewalk festival, food trucks, entertainment throughout the day, ending with a movie night beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Cornerstone Academy football field. Updates, vendor applications and parade route can be found on the cities website. www.cityofbelleislefl.org

SLYDOG Live!...SATURDAY

Nov 08 2014

Saturday, November 8 Conway’s own classic rock band returns for the season performing for the first time at: The WING SHACK located on the corner of Conway and Michigan. St. 8:30 ‘til 1am. Visit: www.slydogmusic.com Don’t miss a great event!

Everything’s Coming Up Roses

Nov 08 2014

10:30am-12:30pm Yes, you CAN grow roses in Central Florida! Join us to learn about Growing Roses in Central Florida and English Roses in Central Florida from the experts from the Central Florida Rose Society! $8 per household. Registration: http://growroses.eventbrite. com.

Basics of Square Foot Gardening

Nov 08 2014

Ends in 12 days

Saturday, November 8, 9-10:30am Thursday, November 13, 10-11:30am Square Foot Gardening is “a system of gardening” developed by Mel Bartholomew that uses 4 foot by 4 foot plots subdivided into 1-foot squares for growing a specific number of a particular type of vegetable to maximize space and facilitate ease of maintenance. Come and learn how to grow more fresh vegetables, herbs and flowers in less space than you thought possible. $4 in advance / $5 at door per household. Register at http://ocmgs.eventbrite.com

Cypress Grove Park’s Festival of Lights

Nov 08 2014

Ends in about 1 month

Festival of Lights 6:30 PM Orange County Parks: Orange County Parks: Cypress Grove Park’s Festival of Lights Time: Dec. 8 - December 12, 2014 6:30 PM Location: Cypress Grove Park, 290 Holden Ave., Orlando Cypress Grove Park will be adorned with thousands of twinkling lights and holiday displays

Golf Tournament

Nov 08 2014

8 am Hunters Creek Golf Course 8 am Shotgun start 4-person teams – Best Ball Scramble $55.00 per player. Includes door prize, drink & meal tickets. To insure your spot, sign up NOW!!! Sponsorships are available Deadline to sign-up Nov. 3rd, 2014 Information call 407-859-1460

American Legion Post 286 Veterans Day Service & BBQ

Nov 11 2014

Come to a ceremonial service, giving a heartfelt gift of appreciation to the men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces. We are inviting all veterans and the public to join in to remember those who have fought for our freedom and give thanks to all who have bravely protected us. Following the service, there will be a BBQ lunch for $7.00 and entertainment from 2- 4 pm. For additional information call 407-859-1460.

Parent’s Night Out

Nov 15 2014

from 5 – 8pm Pershing Avenue Christian Church, 2000 Pershing Avenue, the third Saturday of each month. Ages 18 months thru 5th grade. $10 for the evening, $5 for each additional sibling. Evening includes age appropriate rooms, themed activities, dinner, and lots of fun. Sign up now for (fun, not scary) Halloween fun on October 18th! 407.968.1663

1st Annual “Christmas in Conway”

Nov 15 2014

9am – 4pm Get a head start on some holiday shopping! Come join the fun, crafts, many vendors, raffle and food. FOP will have hamburgers, hotdogs, chips and sodas for purchase to raise money for the officers in distress fund for Lodge #86. Raffle money will be raised for the Lodge #25 children’s playground. Parking for customers will be in the grass area out front. Event will be held at Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #25 located at 5505 Hansel Ave, Orlando, FL 32809. For more information, call 407-222-6062.

Wedgewood Annual Community Garage Sale

Nov 15 2014

8a.m. to 1p.m. Conway Gardens Rd/Michigan. Come enjoy these cooler temperatures and shop with us

Simple Solutions - Seasonal Foods

Nov 18 2014

10 am $12. Learn all about the different types of grains, available in today’s markets, their various nutritional values, and how to prepare delicious meals with them. Register online at http://www. orangecountyifas.eventbrite.com

Fight for Air Climb Kickoff Event

Nov 20 2014

4:00-7:00pm November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and each year, too many lives are lost to lung disease. Please join us for the Fight for Air Climb Kickoff Event at the Bank of America Center in downtown Orlando. Complimentary food, drinks, entertainment, and parking will be provided and we will have door prizes throughout the evening. There will be a Silent Auction for all and a grand prize drawing for those participants who have reached their $100 fundraising minimum by November 19, 2014. You will even have the opportunity to tour the stairs that you will be climbing on March 7, 2015. For more information or to RSVP, please contact betsy.sheffield@ lungse.org or 407-425-5864 by November 14, 2014 so we can plan accordingly. Guests are welcome!

Counsel for Caregivers

Nov 20 2014

12:10 pm At the Orlando Public Library, Third Floor, Albertson Room, 101 E. Central Blvd, Orlando, FL 32801 . Presentation held on Vitamins and Holistic Remedies given by LuAnn Duncun from IFAS. Please RSVP to officeonaging@ocfl.net or 407.836.7446.

Handel’s Messiah - 42nd Annual Performance

Nov 30 2014

3 pm At the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre. The Messiah Choral Society, conducted by Dr John V. Sinclair with professional soloist and & ochestra. Free Admission, no tickets needed. You can help feed the hungry during the Holidays by bringing a nonperishable canned/packaged food to the performace to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank. Visit our website for more information: messiahchoralsociety.org

Handel’s Messiah - 42nd Annual Performance

Nov 30 2014

3 pm At the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre. The Messiah Choral Society, conducted by Dr John V. Sinclair with professional soloist and & ochestra. Free Adnission, no tickets needed. You can help feed the hungry during the Holidays by bringing a nonperishable canned/packaged food to the performace to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank. Visit our website for more information: messiahchoralsociety.org

105 Years of Service

Jan 18 2015

9:30 Conway First Baptist Church will be celebrating 105 years of serving Christ in the heart of Conway. Mark your calendar to join us for homecoming on Sunday, January 18 at 10:30. Meet and greet at 9:30 to 10:15. Questions may be directed to the church office at 407-277-3040. Conway First Baptist Church.4000 S. Conway Rd. Orlando, Fl. 32812-8050.