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Hurray for May!

What a difference a year can make. Phew! There's such a wonderful sense of optimism in the air.
I wanted to share some important updates -- for me and my business and for the City of Clermont.
My two big announcements: I just adopted an adorable puppy named Nala. Those who know me, know I'm a big dog lover and lost my two longtime pets in the past couple of years. I was finally ready to welcome a new puppy.
My other big announcement: I'm now licensed to sell real estate in North Carolina, as well as Florida. So many Floridians are looking for retirement or seasonal homes in North Carolina. Now I can help them out.

Now that the CDC has lifted some of the restrictions, it's a great time to explore the many amenities in the downtown-Waterfront district, so I've included some of the exciting, new events and shops that are opening.

Enjoy life! Enjoy May!
Diane Travis, Owner and Broker
I hope you'll join me May 19 at 6:30 PM at Waterfront Park for the annual RIDE OF SILENCE. This is the 10th anniversary in Clermont. The ride raises awareness of bicycle safety and honors those who were hurt or killed while cycling.

Bring your sweet tooth to the grand opening of TWISTED SUGAR on May 21 in downtown Clermont. Look for details and a chance to win prizes on the company's Facebook page.
Clermont is debuting a BRAND NEW EVENT this summer called PUPS IN THE PARK!
This fun, free event will take place June 12 at Lake Hiawatha Preserve. There will be a dog swimsuit parade and competition, "Puppuccino with a Cop," a Frisbee competition and other activities for pooches.
May is National BBQ Month, so we couldn't pass up the chance to share a yummy recipe from the Food Network, which you'll find below. And if you don't feel like firing up the grill, no worries. If you've lived in Clermont for very long, you know we have lots of fantastic BBQ restaurants!

Ingredients: 2/3 C. ketchup, 1T brown sugar, 1T apple cider vinegar, 1T Worcestershire sauce, 1Tsp cumin, 1 Tsp paprika, 1 clove garlic, grated, kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Marinade: Combine the ketchup, sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire, cumin, paprika, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt and a few turns of pepper in a large resealable plastic bag. Add 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts or 8 boneless skinless thighs (about 1 1/2 pounds), squeeze out the air, seal tightly and massage gently to coat the chicken with marinade. Refrigerate for 2 hours or freeze up to 1 month; defrost in the refrigerator overnight before cooking.

To cook: Remove the chicken from the bag and grill over indirect heat, covered, until cooked through, lightly charred and an instant-read thermometer registers 165 degrees F, 20 to 25 minutes.

For more BBQ recipes from the Food Network CLICK HERE.
If you've been looking forward to a family vacation, or a trip to out-of-state grandparents, packing for the kiddos is a big part of having a stress-free trip.

HGTV picked this High Road CarHop Car Seat Organizer as one of its top picks for must-have bags for parents. The insulated tote keeps drinks and snacks chilled. Each side has pockets for storing books, games, stuffed toys, tablets, headphones -- all the essentials.

You can order it from Amazon. Cost: $45.
I had planned two showcase two of my listings, but they sold IN 1 DAY!

If you have been thinking about selling your home, now is a great time. Inventory is low, and demand is great. Many people, especially those with children, prefer to buy and move during the summer.

Contact me if I can help you list -- or buy -- a home.
Have you been to downtown lately? It is buzzing with activity! New businesses, surprising art where you don't expect it, new places to dine.

We spotted a couple of new trends. One is the City of Clermont's Umbrella Project. Nonprofits teamed up with arts-and-crafts businesses and local artists to create 27 themed umbrellas that are "sprinkled" throughout downtown.

And hurray for bookstores, which add charm and a great reason to head to downtown. The Sunshine Book Co. recently opened at 647 Lake Ave. Find out MORE.
CLERMONT HISTORY TRIVIA: Did you know that lots around Center Lake, one of the gateways to downtown Clermont, originally cost $65 an acre? The lake was once the site of annual fishing events in which the Kiwanis Club taught children to fish. Now you know!
Here's a peek at upcoming entertainment in Clermont:

May 14-15, 8 PM: "The Golden Gals Live!" at the Clermont Performing Arts Center
May 21, 8 PM: Movies Under the Stars at Waterfront Park - "Ugly Dolls"
June 11, 8 PM: SAK Comedy Lab from Orlando, Black Box Theater