I’ve lived in Lake County for 20 years now, but I can’t remember ever attending the Wings and Wildflower Festival — the three-day celebration of birds and botany. That’s either because I was out of town when it happened or, more likely, because this is the first time it’s ever taken place.
Yes, the inaugural Wings and Wildflower Festival will happen this weekend (Sept. 28-30) at Hickory Point Park, a beautiful 68-acre lakefront park in Tavares. But the event spreads out across the county with classes and special field trips – some even accessed via kayak, pontoon boats and seaplanes.
And what a perfect place for this.Lake County has tens of thousands of acres set aside for preserves, natural habitats and parklands that are internationally-known. Places like the Ferndale Preserve, Emeralda Marsh, and the Hilochee Wildlife Management Area. Even out of the gate this will be such an incredible event that featured keynote speakers include James Currie, host of NBC’s Nikon's Birding Adventures, and John Moran, acclaimed journalist, photographer and visual storyteller.
And on Saturday, they’re hosting the Wildflower Wingding Barbecue with wings, pulled pork sandwiches, baked beans, coleslaw, brownies, iced tea and lemonade — plus a bluegrass jam featuring Molly and Her Musicmakers.
If you’d like to stop for awhile and simply witness the beauty of wildflowers and wildlife, this weekend there’s no better place you could be than to be in Lake County.
For more information, call (352) 429-4755.