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.
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
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.
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
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.)
Any questions or comments? Contact us at:
Micanopy Area Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 331
Micanopy, Florida 32667