Micanopy Doc Hollywood Days
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Micanopy, Florida

The town of Micanopy served as the setting for the movie "Doc Hollywood". Micanopy was established in 1821, and incorporated in 1889. In 1881, Micanopy was described as a settlement of 600 people, with schools, churches, hotels, stores, a grist mill and a cotton mill.

Today, Micanopy's Historic District encompasses 38 buildings that are on the National Register of Historic Places. The Indian Mound is on the local Historic District and the State Master Site File. Any tour of the town's shops and historical sites begins at the Museum, housed in the Thrasher Warehouse on Cholokka Blvd.

Micanopy is located between Gainesville and Ocala, just 1 mile east of I-75
(exit 374), or just west of the flashing amber light on US 441.


Doc Hollywood Days

As depicted in the movie “Doc Hollywood” starring Michael J. Fox, doctors who serve rural communities possess rare and special qualities. In an effort to recognize and honor rural practitioners, the Micanopy Area Chamber of Commerce has planned a two-day event to commemorate the 1991 film and honor a true “Doc Hollywood.”  The setting for the events will be historic Micanopy, Florida, where “Doc Hollywood” was filmed! 

The proceeds from the weekend event will go to support the Micanopy Area Chamber of Commerce, Parkinson’s Disease research at the University of Florida, and the Michael J. Fox Foundation. It was in 1990, while shooting the film "Doc Hollywood, that Michael J. Fox started displaying symptoms of early-onset Parkinson's Disease.

 

Friday Evening Reception

The week-end festivities will kick off on Friday, May 15th at 6 p.m. with an evening reception on the grounds of Micanopy’s elegant Herlong Mansion. A very special guest will be Dr. Neil Shulman, author of the book on which the movie was based. Other guests will include area medical professionals as well as personalities associated with the production of the film. The highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the “Doc Hollywood Award” to a North Central Florida rural medical practitioner who personifies the spirit of the movie. In addition to hors d’oeuvres, drinks, live music and carriage rides, there will be a silent auction of movie memorabilia, sports collectables, and items from local merchants and artisans.

Tickets for the Friday evening event are $45.00 per person and must be purchased in advance (the deadline for reservations is May 9). Please fill out the form following "Sponsorship Opportunities" to make your reservation. You may pay on-line with PayPal, or mail a check. Follow instructions provided on the form carefully.

 

Sponsorship Opportunities

Are you interested in becoming a sponsor of Micanopy Doc Hollywood Days? Remember, most of the proceeds will benefit Parkinson's Disease research. Please review the opportunities outlined on the form below. Then complete the form. You may pay on-line with PayPal, or mail us a check. Follow instrctions provided on the form carefully.

<a href="http://fs16.formsite.com/jzmesser/form326482102">Click here to complete: Reception Reservations and Sponsorship</a>

 

SATURDAY EVENTS - May 16

Parade

Join us on Saturday, May 16 on Cholokka Boulevard, the town's main street as we re-enact the Doc Hollywood "Squash Day Parade". Our parade will start at 11:00 am with a Sheriff's deputy in the lead, followed by a Color Guard, Doc Hollywood float and other floats, bagpipers, custom cars, motorcycles, horses and riders, marching groups from the Micanopy area, and more.

Later we will be transforming this area into a stage as many of the events of the film will be recreated. Other activities will include a classic Hot Rod & Motorcycle show, musical entertainment, BBQ cook-off and food vendors, kids activities, informational booths, quilt raffle, and much more. From 5:00 to 7:00 pm a street dance, complete with disc jockey as in the film, will cap the celebration.

Don't miss the fun!

 

BBQ Cook-Off

Outstanding barbeque chefs from this area will compete in the cook-off at the Doc Hollywood Day festivities, Saturday, May 16.  Competitors will prepare pork ribs and/or chicken for judging.  A sample of their entries, along with side dishes, will be available for purchase during the afternoon for the enjoyment of all those attending Doc Hollywood Days. Judging will take place in the early afternoon. Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell has already agreed to be one of our judges! The results will be announced and awards presented just prior to the Street Dance. 

Contact person: Ed Geers (352) 466-3835.

 

Hot Rod & Motorcycle Show

Micanopy's Doc Hollywood Days 1st Annual Hot Rod & Motorcycle Show will be held Saturday, May 16th after the Squash Day Parade.

Come with the family or friend and view our local and distant classic cars and motorcycles.

If you are interested in participating, please fill out the registration below. Be sure to complete the form by pressing the submit button at the bottom of the form. There will be no charge for participating, but donations are welcome!

Micanopy Hot Rod/Motocycle Registration


Micanopy Hot Rod & Motorcycle Show


Registration ends May 14th at 5PM








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Registration fees are donations. 

You may send a check or money order to:

Micanopy Area Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 331
Micanopy, Florida 32667

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For any questions or if you would like to pay in person, please contact:

Kellie Eberlein
352.214.8110
Kellie.Eberlein@gmail.com

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Info Zone

Organizations involved in health, environmental conservation, safety, and other isses will be sharing their knowledge and concerns at booths set up along Cholokka Boulevard. Learn about Parkinson's Disease, the history of medicine in Alachua County, organizations working to enhance rural areas and our enjoyment of them, health insurance options, visit a massage therapist, and much more.

 

Quilt Raffle

Margie West, an accomplished quilter from Tampa, has graciously donated to us a beautiful sunflower quilt that she designed and completed for Doc Hollywood Days. Tickets for a chance to win this unique quilt ($2 each or 3 for $5) will be available during the festivities, or prior to Doc Hollywood Days at Delectable Collectibles (112 Cholokka Blvd., 352.466.3327). Ms. West will also be demonstrating quilt-making during the Saturday festivities.

 

Kids' Stuff

Fun for the family! We will have an area for the youngsters, complete with two bounce houses and a mini-train that will be touring the town!

Our special guest for the week-end, Dr. Neil Shulman, will entertain kids of all ages with three performances of his amusing show "What's in a Doctor's Bag." (Dr. Shulman is the author of the book on which "Doc Hollywood" was based.)


Contact

Any questions or comments? Contact us at:

Micanopy Area Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 331
Micanopy, Florida 32667

(352) 466-3327
Email: MicanopyDocHollywoodDays@gmail.com

 

 
   

 

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