* All Physical Meet & Greets and Other Events PostponedDue to the impacts of COVID-19 and Triangle Connection encouraging everyone to follow CDC social distancing recommendations, we have cancelled all events until further notice.  This includes the originally planned Tea Dance 2 scheduled for June 14.  We feel that's too early to try and have a Tea Dance, but we are already working on scheduling the Tea Dance 2 for late 2020.  We are working with DJ Alan Darcy, a venue, and Amy Masick, Don Shoemaker, and Tom Harry will host.  As soon as we have more details, we will let you know.  In the meantime, PLEASE BE SAFE, EVERYONE.  "We isolate now so when we gather again no one is missing."
* Details will be announced soon related to the William A. Sievert Scholarship Recipient for 2020The scholarship award review committee made up of Sunny Beseler and Roy Seven are hard at work to review applications for the 2020 scholarship award.  Even with  high schools closed and GSAs not in action right now, they are making great progress and we'll announce our 2020 recipient soon.  Continue to check our website, FB page, and newsletter for updates.
* Virtual/Chat Cocktail Party Fridays at 5'ishPlease join us by going to the Triangle Connection FB page and looking for the Triangle Connection Friends Chat icon (near the top of the screen-look for the blue/green icon with people) and this will take you to the TC Friends Chat page.  At the top of the page on Friday afternoons, look for the martini glass and join the party.  Pour yourself a refreshing drink first and join the party.  Cheers!   We've had new friends join our community through this online chat in the last 5 weeks.

* Lake Cares needs are greater than ever.  With TC having to cancel Meet & Greets, with the M&Gs being a major way to collect donations, and with this crisis facing our community...the needs for Lake Cares donation are greater than ever. You can drop off your donations to their office located at 2001 W. Old U.S. Hwy 441 in Mt. Dora on Mondays, Thursdays & Fridays from 9am-noon. Ruthie, their marketing manager, says items particularly needed right now are PB&J, Canned Chili, Canned Soup, Rice, Cereal, Kid-Friendly Foods, Mac & Cheese, Pastas and Sauces, Canned Beans including Kidney & Pinto & Black Beans, Canned Tuna & Other Canned Meats, Canned Fruits & Vegetables. Note: As of April 25 we hear peanut butter is very well stocked so if you want to make donations see the above list excluding PB.  You can also make donations on-line at LakeCares.org. Next month we may come up with other ways to collect your donations, but for March and early April, please feel free to drop off your donations to their office. Again, the needs are greater than ever right now. 
* Voter Suppression.  See article at the bottom of the home page in green font for more information on how to help people get registered to vote for November. Darla Adams would love to help people one-on-one. 


Weekly Social and Entertainment Opportunities in the Area

Note for the time being all TC activities and events are delayed until after we get past this pandemic.  Your health and safety is our primary concern right now.  Please be safe.

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. 

Two weekly breakfast groups 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:

Voter Suppression is Real - and Here's Some Help For You!

I want to introduce you to Darla Adams. Darla lives in the Triangle area with her husband. Originally from upstate New York, Darla wants to help stop voter suppression. ARE THERE PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY EXPERIENCING ROADBLOCKS IN REGISTERING TO VOTE?  Voter suppression is real.

Darla really wants to help make sure you can vote in the November election. As a “proud mother of a 28-year old transgender son,” Darla knows how difficult it can be for some people - particularly trans people - to vote. These roadblocks are there PURPOSELY to prevent easy access to the voting process. She wants to help ALL people: LGBTQ+ and allies needing help to register so all are ready to vote in November.  By the way, with coronavirus impacts, Darla is even willing to work online for you. Please contact her via email at daloo915@gmail.com Time is running out before the election, so contact Darla ASAP.

And, Darla, welcome to the Triangle Connection community!

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.  Donations:  Please make your check payable to William A. Sievert Scholarship Fund and mail to Triangle Connection, P.O. Box 382, Mt. Dora, FL 32757.  
We continue to grow.  Welcome to the new people who have recently become part of the Triangle Connection community.  We add about 10 new email addresses each month and add 10-15 new FB followers per month.  Our events are seeing strong attendance, another good sign.  When you look at the fact that we have 600+ email addresses our newsletter is emailed to each month, 600+ FB followers, and knowing there's some overlap between the two groups, we think it's safe to say we have at least 800 people who are part of our TC community.  Specific to FB:  while mostly in central Florida, we have FB followers all over Florida, the U.S., and some followers as far away as Canada, Mexico, South America, Europe, and Asia.  Yes, TC is an international community of family and friends.

In loving memory of Kevin Barnicle:  Our dear friend Kevin passed away in late 2019. Kevin and Philip Tomarchio have been part of our Triangle Connection community for many years, and Kevin is greatly missed by Philip and all of us. Philip recently told me that prior to Kevin’s passing the two of them had planned to make a donation to the William “Bill” A. Sievert Scholarship Fund to assist local high school students to attend college. I saw Philip in downtown Mt Dora last week and he quietly slipped me a check payable to the scholarship fund in Kevin’s memory. The amount is significant and greatly helps us support more worthy students.  I know Kevin must be looking down and smiling at this announcement. It should do all our hearts good today. Philip, the Triangle Connection family thanks you for this special contribution and please know it will be put to good use for these students in Kevin’s memory.    

Kevin Barnicle - 1947-2019


Lake County Pride 2020Mark your calendars for September 19, 2020 Pride event sponsored by Lake County Pride 2020.  For more information, visit this group's official website at https://www.lakecountypride2020.org/