Valdosta Daily Times

April 30, 2014

Seeking sun for Milltown Motorcade


The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Rain postponed Lakeland’s Milltown Murals Motorcade a few weeks ago. Threats of thunderstorms and heavy rains for an event with dozens of vintage cars don’t mix.

Undeterred, the town rescheduled and the Motorcade is rescheduled for this Saturday, May 3.

Folks can visit this Lanier County town to walk through the portals of the past, present and future during the annual Milltown Murals Motorcade event.

All downtowns are amalgamations of the “then,” the “now” and the “to be.” While some cities seek new spirit among the framing of past architecture, Downtown Lakeland has found something new by absolutely embracing its past.

The mural series is called Milltown Murals because Milltown was the town’s name until 1925 when the name changed to Lakeland in honor of beautiful Banks Lake, but more importantly, the murals bring a sense of 1920s Milltown to life.

The two dozen murals were initiated by the efforts of Nell Patten Roquemore, a Lanier County native and author of two books on Lakeland and Lanier County, and founder of the organization Let’s Improve Lanier’s Appearance (LILA).

This weekend’s Milltown Murals Motorcade is scheduled from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, throughout Downtown Lakeland, with a parade set for 1 p.m., and additional activities into the afternoon.

There are vintage cars, food and entertainment throughout the day, as well as residents dressing in 1920s era clothing. Admission: Free.

There’s rain predicted throughout the week but this weekend is expected to be clear and sunny. A beautiful forecast for visiting a town’s past and present.