If you enjoyed the Tea Dance, we think you'll appreciate the Tret Fure Concert on Saturday February 15th.  Picture this: a folk music artist with her acoustic guitar, 40+ people in a cozy & intimate setting of a coffee shop that also sells beer and wine along with small meals, and all of this on a Saturday afternoon.  25 tickets sold so far. It looks like most tickets sold have been to women.  We'll turn this into an old fashioned LGBTQ+ bar on the 15th.  Order concert tickets online at  http://www.tretfure.com/concerts/   More details are below plus other upcoming events:

  • Tret Fure in Concert Saturday, Feb. 15  at 4 p.m. at Serendipity.  Tret is a well-known folk music artist.  She'll perform at Serendipity located at 144 W. 5th Avenue, Mt. Dora.  Ticket price is $20. Twenty-five tickets already sold.  Tickets can be purchased at the coffee shop with cash or credit or online with credit card at http://www.tretfure.com/concerts/

  • February Meet & Greet Wednesday, Feb. 19  at 6 p.m. at Gator's Dockside Eustis. Hosts Don Williamson, Sunny Beseler, & Rick Betson.  Address is 15241 U.S. Hwy 441, Eustis.  We'll go back in February to non-ticketed M&G events.  50/50 raffle tradition continues.  Happy Hour prices all day and evening.  Gator's will also provide some appetizers for our group.  Please feel free to bring your Lake Cares non-perishable items.

  • March Meet & Greet on March, March 24 at 6 p.m. at Koko Bar & Grill.  Hosts Sunny Beseler and Shonne Henry.  Address is 201 W. Ruby Street, Tavares.  More details to come but go ahead and mark your calendars.

On Friday, Jan. 31 (for 1 week only) we'll move regular cocktail party from Pisces Rising to Ruby Street Bar & Grill, 221 E. Ruby Street in Tavares.  This move is due to parking issues on Jan. 31 and prior to the Feb. 1-2 Mt. Dora Art Festival.  As always, people start gathering around 5:30 ish.

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Weekly Social and Entertainment Opportunities in the Area:


Pisces Rising is the location for weekly Friday cocktails, starting around 5:30 p.m. - 239 W 4th Ave, Mt Dora. This tradition of gathering at Pisces on Fridays has been going on 14+ years.


Change of location for Friday cocktails at Pisces Rising for one week only.  For Friday, January 31 (one week only), we will move the location from Pisces Rising to Ruby Street Grill in downtown Tavares due to the parking issues on that Friday associated with the Mt. Dora Art Festival. Ruby Street is located at 221 E. Ruby Street, Tavares. 


Two weekly breakfast groups meet and look forward to welcoming you as follows:

 * Lake House is the place on Mondays at 8:30 a.m. - 315 N. Highland St, Mt Dora.

 * Geronimo's is the place on Thursdays 8 a.m. - 359 E. Burleigh Blvd, Tavares.

Serendipity hosts Drag Queen Bingo weekly on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. - 144 W 5th Ave, Mt Dora. Call Serendipity at 352-729-2213 to reserve your table. "Big Mama" is always ready for show biz on Wednesdays.

Mt. Dora Plaza Live continues to feature some great LGBTQ+ shows.  For more details see their website:  https://www.mountdoraplazalive.com/
 
Also check out our friends at Rainbow Family & Friends in The Villages for their activities and initiativesOur sister organization is just down the road a few miles NW of where most of us live. Their Thursday evening event at Bonifay is incredible. More details at  http://www.rainbowfamilyvillagesfl.com/


Other TC News:

Shonne Henry joins TC Board of Directors team. Welcome to the BOD team, Shonne. Shonne brings to the board team her passion for diversity and inclusion. A native of Mississippi, Shonne and has lived all over the South, moving to the Mt. Dora area one year ago. She previously worked for IBM, Coca-Cola, and Federal Express. Presently Shonne is a Sales Engineer with TDS Telecom. Her business experience along with people skills and her great personality make her a great addition for our TC community. In her free time, Shonne is an actor with local theater. She played the part of Haversham in “The Butler Did It” earlier this month as well as other acting performances over the years. Shonne has a true love for all people. With a big heart and great skills, she will help us expand our TC community Thank you for agreeing to give back to the community as a TC board member, Shonne.

800+ TC friends strongWhen you look at the 610 email addresses our newsletter is sent to, 556 FB followers, and knowing there are some duplicates between the two, it appears our TC population is at least 800 people strong.  We are a diverse population of LGBTQ+ people and allies.  While mostly in central Florida, we have FB followers all over Florida, the U.S., and some followers as far away as Canada Africa, South America, Europe, and Asia.  Yes, TC is an international community of friends.


Local Pride event planned by Lake County Pride 2020 organization.  This Pride organization is led by Danielle Olivani, and she invites you to connect with her if you wish to help with the group’s June 20, 2020 Pride event. Part of their proceeds are to be donated to Triangle Connection’s William A. Sievert Scholarship Fund.  Below is a link to this Pride group’s official website to obtain more information, volunteer, and leave a message to inquire about the group: https://www.lakecountypride2020.org/    


The William A. Sievert Scholarship100% of the donations collected for the scholarship fund go to the students.  100%.  We make this happen with the Triangle Connection organization paying all administrative fees.  For example, when you buy raffle tickets at Meet & Greets (and any other donations to TC), that money is part of  TC operating budget and about 20% of the funds annually are used to pay the administrative costs to manage the William A. Sievert Scholarship enabling all donations to scholarship to go directly to the well deserving students.  Please visit the Scholarship tab to learn how to make donations to the William A. Sievert Scholarship.






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