Firecracker Smash’m Up!

June 27th, 2015

June 27, 2015

Firecracker Smash’m Up!

Hernando County Fairgrounds, Brooksville, FL

Saturday, July 4, 2015

 

 

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It’s the 4th of July, so doesn’t it seem appropriate that the Hernando County Fairgrounds would want you to have a “Smash’m” good time?  Well, that they certainly do!  They are hosting the Firecracker Smash’m Up, with crazy drivers out there smashing it up in a demolition derby, plus a celebration of Independence Day.  The Hernando County Fairgrounds is located just 2 miles south of Brooksville, right off of Highway 41, at 6436 North Broad Street.

This 4th of July celebration is sure to be a lot of fun for all of those who attend.  From the demolition derby to the amusing seasonal contests plus the spectacular display of  fireworks, it is sure to have an awe-inspiring memoir for many years.  A typical demolition derby event consists of automobile drivers competing by intentionally thrusting their vehicles into one another.   They are not racing against each other in a time perspective, instead they are aiming to specifically destroy the other participating driver’s cars. The last vehicle which is still operational is the winner and awarded the prestigious prize!

What makes summer more fun than competing in old fashioned fun, like seeing who spits the watermelon seeds the farthest?  Better yet, seeing who can eat the most of that delicious, juicy fruit!  A pie eating contest also adds to the tradition of summer fun, so come out to the Firecracker Smash’m Up and participate in some of these wacky, wild competitions!

There will be a $5.00 charge per car load parking fee plus $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children 3 – 12 years old, 2 and younger are free for the demolition derby.  The will be offering some free fun games and crafts for the younger children, while there will also be tasty food, ice cold drinks, exciting games and pony rides that will be available for purchase.

So come on over to Brooksville and enjoy the 4th of July at the Firecracker Smash’m Up.  It’s bound to be a great way to celebrate our freedom here in America, with entertaining music, a fabulous firework displays and fun and games for the entire family!

 

Scallop Season Opens!

June 20th, 2015

June 19, 2015

Scallop Season Opens!

Hernando County, FL

Saturday, June 27, 2015

 

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It’s that time of year again!  Yes, it is scalloping time!  As of Saturday, June 27th, you are able to go out and find some of those delicacies in the waters along Florida’s Nature Coast.  The diving of scallops is regulated by the State of Florida and they determine its location eash year.  2015’s season is only permitted at the the Pasco-Hernando county line, and head north along the Gulf Coast to the Mexico Beach Canal, ending in Bay County.  This year’s season will last until September 24th.

These tasty bivalves prefer the clean water of the Gulf Coast, which creates finding them a real easy task along Florida’s Nature Coast.  The simplest way to search out these delicious morsels, is to grab your snorkel, mask, a mesh bag and a net and just enter the shallow waters of the Gulf Coast and wade out to a grassy flat. While snorkeling on top of the water, you’ll look down and before you know it, you’ll see those little blue eyes peeping out at you from their tiny little opening in their dark mottled color, occasionally a bright yellow or orange shell.  Then all you need to do is dive down and grab the scallop from its perch in the grass bed.  BINGO, you’ve got a scallop!  Approaching the sport this way, you are not in need of a Florida saltwater fishing license, but if you choose to venture into scalloping by diving from a boat, a license is required.  You will need to navigate to a shallow spot offshore.

Just like with any of the other water sport of Florida, scalloping does have some regulations.  Each person is only allowed a daily bag limit of 2 gallons of the whole bay scallops in their shell, or 1 pint of the bay scallop meat.  A maximum of 10 gallons of in shell scallops, or 1/2 gallon of the bay scallop meat per vessel.

It is very important, if you go out scalloping, that you place your treasured scallops immediately in ice.  This helps in the preservation of the flavors and helps when you have to clean them, as the coldness causes the scallop to partially open its shell.  The delectable meat should be placed on ice immediately in a covered container and of course, prepared and eaten asap!

The Gulf Coast of Florida has a variety of activities that result in delicious meals, but scalloping may be the most fun for the whole family with the tastiest outcome!

Withlacoochee State Trail

June 13th, 2015

June 12, 2015

Withlacoochee State Trail

Brooksville, FL

 

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Want to get back to nature?  Well, located just 7 miles north of Brooksville is the Withlacoochee State Trail and it is sure to take you there!  With their outstanding forest and water facilities, there are numerous, exciting recreational opportunities awaiting for you at the Withlacoochee State Trail.

The third largest state forest in Florida, this area provides multiple use of its resources.  The Florida Forest Service manages it not only for timber, wildlife, ecological restoration but also for a variety of outdoor recreation.  World Wildlife Fund named Withlacoochee State Forest  one of the “10 Coolest Places You’ve Never Been in North America,” it is a true haven for the outdoor enthusiast.

Offering activities such as miles of serene trails for hiking, bicycling, horseback riding and canoeing, seasonal hunting, fishing in its plentiful tranquil lakes and waterways and an off-road all-terrain vehicle ( ATV) and motorcycle facility, plus multiple camping areas. With 46 miles of paved rail-trail, it is currently the longest in Florida.  Generally flat terrain, with many access points, the trail is an ideal place for all skill levels of cycling, running, walking and skating.  There is also an unpaved equestrian trail that parallels portions of the paved trail.

You are sure to get back to nature while visiting the Withlacoochee State Trail with all of the wildlife that is out and about throughout the forest.  You will have chance to see white piebald deer, sometimes called ghost deer, coyote, hawks, wild turkey, bobcats, gopher tortoises, bald eagles, falcons, raccoon, opossum and owls.  There are also four species of southern pine trees amongst the forest, the loblolly, longleaf, sand and slash.

The Croom Motorcycle Area is where you will find ATV and motorcycle enthusiasts from throughout Central Florida.  With its 2,600-acres and miles of fun-filled trails, it offers something for all level of riders, including a training area and young rider area.


So come for the day or stay the night and try out one of their many camping sites.  There is everything from primitive tent camping areas to full hookups for RV’s, all nestled in the natural preserve of the Withlacoochee State Trail.  Getting back to nature is really good for your soul, come and check it out!

$.75 Summer Kids Movies

June 6th, 2015

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$.75 Summer Kids Movies

Spring Hill 8, Spring Hill, FL

Tuesdays through August 4th

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It is summer time and before long, after a bit of rest and hopefully some relaxation, the kids become restless.  Well,  the Touchstar Cinemas in Spring Hill have the perfect way to to stay nice and cool and spend a morning viewing one of the latest movies.  Located at 2955 Commercial Way in Spring Hill, they will offer a weekly Tuesday morning movie for only $.75.

 

Every Tuesday morning at 10:00 a.m. starting on June 9th, you’ll be able to take your kids to an exciting fun filled morning with action packed drama!  All movies are rated PG and below, so there are very children oriented.  The schedule starts out with the classic of Annie, and then on June 16th they’ll be showing Paddington, followed by interesting Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb on June 23rd.  Penguins of Madagascar will be your the June 30th moive while the LEGO movie is sure to entertain kids of all ages on July 7th.  Rio 2 with its tropical flair will really have the kids in a festive mood on July 14th and then the exciting Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which does happen to be a PG 13, will show on July 21st, Book of Life on the 28th and closing out this summertime event will be SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water on August 8th!  The kids are sure to have a great time being entertained by these fun and exciting films.

Trying to give your kids an event that they will truly enjoy, the Spring Hill 8 will be offering drinks and popcorn at the reasonable rate of $2.50.  After all, what’s a fun time at the movies of you don’t get to enjoy handfuls of popcorn between every scene.


So grab your kids, and maybe even your neighbor’s kids, to give them a break, and head over to Spring Hill and enjoy all that the Touchstar Theaters is offering for some cool, refreshing summertime fun!

License-Free Saltwater Fishing Days

May 30th, 2015

May 30, 2015

License-Free Saltwater Fishing Days

Hernando County

Saturday, June 6th & Sunday, June 7th

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School is out and summer is upon us, soon the kids will start crabbing about how bored they are!  Well the Florida Fish and Wildlife Game Commision is offering a fun, free family-friendly event.  On Saturday June 6th & Sunday June 7th, you can spend some quality time with your children fishing.  They are allowing residents and nonresidents alike to fish on this weekend only, absolutely free, no license required!

The expense of a Florida fishing license can sometimes hold us back from getting out there and teaching our child the sport of fishing, so here is an excellent opportunity. right here in Hernando County, we have the claim to a record-breaking 194 pound tarpon being caught in 2010! Inshore anglers fish for redfish, tarpon and sea trout while those with access to a boat or care to go out on a local charter can go for the deeper water jewels of amberjack, cobia, grouper, kingfish and snapper.  All these popular deep-water species are easily accessible from any of Hernando County’s park’s boat ramps and marinas, which is  another reason you should get out there and take advantage of this free weekend of fishing!

With some of the best places, right here in your backyard, to fish, how can you not take advantage of this free weekend to do so?  Hernando County has a variety of parks with fishing piers and boat ramps.  Some of them are even open 24 hours a day which will even widen your opportunities window giving you an endless number of hours to do so.  Bayport, Jenkins Creek, Lake Townsen Regional Park, Nobleton Wayside Park and Rogers Park offer those extended hours.  There is also a canoe or kayak launch at Lake Townsen Regional Park and Rogers Park, if you’d like to try your adventure that way.  Linda Pedersen Park at Jenkins Creek is know as one of the county’s best fishing piers and it also can accommodate those with special needs with their handicapped-accessible boat ramp.

Fishing is a great way to spend some relaxing quiet time with your family.  What child doesn’t appreciate a little one on one time with their parent to really embrace a good talk?  It will give you the casual opportunity to start the summer off an inspiring positive foot and really get to know your sweet little one.

 

Sunflower Maze

May 23rd, 2015

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Masaryktown, FL

May 30th and 31st

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What a better way to spend a day than with friends or family at the Sweetfields Farm Sunflower Maze.  Located approximately 10 miles south of Brooksville, off of Highway 41, this family-friendly event is open from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. with the last admission to the maze at 3:00 p.m.

Let the beauty of this awesome Sunflower Maze take you deep within it, exploring for the exit.  Maze through paths of 8-10 foot tall sunflowers, wandering your way amongst the flowers with plenty of opportunities for lots of fun and of course a lot of memorable pictures!  The field is at the mercy of Mother Nature, so be prepared with the appropriate attire and footwear.  Sturdy shoes are suggested, with no open toe shoes, sandals, flip flops allowed.

Admission is $9.50 for those 12 or older, $5.00 for 3-11 year olds and 2 and under free.  It includes a lot more than just the Sunflower Maze, they have an old fashioned  hayride,  a authentic animal petting area, a crazy rubber duck race, a web maze and a free craft and play area. They offer a digital scavenger hunt at 12:00 p.m. and 2:00p.m., so bring your own digital camera, so you can participate.

After an amazing good time, what could be better than a refreshing, tasty snack?  Heyman Kettle Corn will be there serving up their sweet and salty popcorn, while Ex-Squeeze-Me Lemonade will be making some of their freshly squeezed, organic lemonade.   These and other nutritious snacks and drinks are for purchase.

Also, available for sale will be freshly gathered produce, or you may even enjoy picking your own out of the garden.

There is a nice and shady picnic area for you to enjoy, so make a day of it and pack a lunch!

Raise the Roof Men Bake

May 16th, 2015

May 16, 2015

Raise the Roof Men Bake

Silverthorn Country Club, Brooksville, FL

Friday, May 22nd

 

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What a way to raise money for a great community cause, Habitat for Humanity, then to have a man cake baking contest?  The Silverthorn Country Club will be hosting this wonderful evening of fun, competition and excitement.  They are located at 4550 Golf Club Lane, Brooksville.

Raise the Roof Men Bake is challenging prominent men in our community, to make the most beautiful, delicious cake.  They will arrive by limo, presenting their masterpiece via a red carpet entrance.  Their prized baked showpiece will be auctioned off, benefiting the habitat for Humanity.

The “Baker’s Dozen” celebrity culinary artist competing to raise the most for their winner of a cake are Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis, Florida House of Representative, Blaise Ingoglia, Attorney Matt Foreman, Chief Medical Officer of Oak Hill Hospital, Dr. Michael Torres, Hernando County School Board Member, Gus Guadagnino, Hernando County Administrator, Len Sossaman, Clerk of Circuit Court & Comptroller Hernando County, Don Barbee, Monster Transmission President, Achilles Thomas, Hernando County Commissioner Jeff Holcomb, Withlacoochee River Electronic Cooperative(WREC), David Lambert, RE/MAX Marketing Specialist, Ross Hardy, Hernando County Judge, Kurt Hitzemann and Deputy Fire Chief, Kevin Carroll.

Some are already bragging on what it is that is going to make them the winner.  It is going to be Gus Guadagnino’s, School Board Member, with the assistance of some of some of the local students or will it be Achilles Thomas, with Monster Transmission, bringing in his authentic Greek coveted dessert of Baklava?

The evening will also include a savory dinner, enticing silent auction, and a men’s bake off. These baked goods can be brought in by any male with a ticket to the event and will be judged on their presentation, taste and a “People’s Choice” category.  You’ll be the one to choose, so make sure you don’t miss out on this “Caketail Hour,” from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m……all benefiting the Habitat for Humanity of Hernando County.


“A Habitat Home is more than shelter,  it’s a place of new beginnings!”

Orange Blossom Jamboree

May 9th, 2015

May 8, 2015

Orange Blossom Jamboree

Brooksville, FL

May 14th – 17th

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Do you like to listen to a variety of live bands?  Do you enjoy the outdoors and camping?  If so, here is the perfect way to spend your weekend!  The Sertoma Youth Ranch, at 85 Myers Road, in Brooksville, is hosting the 6th Annual Orange Blossom Jamboree (OBJ).  The Sertoma Youth Ranch is nestled in the woods, 7 miles north of Brooksville, and is home to many musical festivals throughout the year, with their wonderful seren park and accommodating camping facilities, offering primitive camping with wooded sites or the luxury of RV camping with a full hook up.

Relax in the outdoor entertainment pavilion or wander among three stages for continuous entertainment all weekend long.  On Thursday, May 14th, the OBJ will kick off at 3;00 p.m., promising to entertain you with a diverse collection of performers, starting off with Root of All, the Reggae/Dub band from St. Augustine.  With multiple musicians playing throughout the day, the evening will close to the sounds of Green Sunshine and their party revolution of Hip-Hop and Funk.

Friday will start off with the Beach Salt Zombies, followed by a variety of music, including Shoeless Sole and the Lee Boys, with Cope bringing an enjoyable day to an end.  The Applebutter Express will open the OBJ on Saturday morning and Come Back Alice will finalize the night with their Southern Gypsy Funk.  Sunday’s agenda will begin with Ft. Lauderdale’s group, Sosos, basing their music around acoustic root instruments.  And from 4:00-6:00 p.m.,  with their tribute to the Grateful Dead, Unlimited Devotion will be the end to this incredible weekend of singing, dancing, camping and fun!  There will also be many art, craft and food vendors on-site, plus the entertainment of drum circles, fire performers, a bonfire and so much more.

So come for the day or stay for the weekend, the Orange Blossom Jamboree is sure to get you singing and dancing, all while enjoying the beautiful surroundings that Sertoma Ranch has to offer!

Summer Jam

May 1st, 2015

May 1, 2015

Summer Jam

Spring Hill, FL

Saturday, May 9th

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It is that time of year again, for the Hernando County’s Summer Jam!  On Saturday, May 9th, the Park and Recreation Department of Hernando County will be kicking off the season with their annual fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

The Lake House is always an ideal location for some outdoor entertainment.  Located at 1202 Kenlake Drive in Spring Hill, overlooking the beautiful Hunters Lake.  The celebration will begin at 4:00 p.m. and lasts until 9:00 p.m. gates will open at 3:00, if you’d like to come early and get that perfect spot to enjoy all of the entertainment.  With a great variety of music, craft and art vendors along with raffles and drawings, it is sure to be an wonderful way to enjoy a summer evening.

Borderline Band Tampa will be headlining the night with their classic rock tributes to your favorite songs from Def Leppard, Foreigner, Journey, Styx, and many many more.  The indie rock group of The Black Swans will be performing along with the Dangerous Ground Band, Moon Lake Crisys Band and several more.  Its also been said that the Power Rangers will be making an appearance along with the HCSO mounted patrol and the HC Fire Rescue ladder truck.

They’ll be serving up ice cold beer, wine and plenty of tasty food to meet your needs, so no need to bring in your coolers.  Admission is $5.00 per person with children under the age of 12 admitted free.

So grab your sunscreen, bug spray and a blanket or a chair and come on out and enjoy this kick to summer with Hernando County’s Park and Recreation Department’s Summer Jam!

 

5K’s in Hernando County

April 25th, 2015

April 23, 2015

5K’s in Hernando County

Weeki Wachee and Spring Hill

Saturday, May 2nd

 

What a better way to spend a Springtime Saturday morning than taking in a 5K run or walk!  Well on Saturday, May 2nd, you have your choice of two separate local 5K’s to participate in.  The Weeki Wachee 5K Wilderness Run is being hosted by the Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency(FCCD) with proceeds benefitting the Wounded Warriors in Action and other local charities.  It will be held at the tranquil Preserves of Weeki Wachee, 2121 Osowaw Blvd. in Spring Hill at 7:30 a.m.  You’ll be able to spend your morning running or walking amidst the southernmost coastal hardwood hammock in western Florida, providing a variety of nature schemes.  From the frontage of the Weeki Wachee River to the pine-covered sandhills, it’s sure to be a serene run to start your weekend off right!

The other option for a 5K run or walk is at the Color Vibe Run in Spring Hill.  This colorful, fun-filled day will take place at Anderson Snow Park, 1360 Anderson Snow Road.  Registration starts at 7:00 a.m. with the race beginning at 9:00 a.m.  With multiple color stations throughout the race, you are sure to get blasted with color for additional fun.  The color that is used is 100% safe, biodegradable and made in the USA.  There will be color packets available for sale along with some other possible needed items for the race like, a Color Vibe bandana, to keep the color out of your mouth, sunglasses to protect your eyes  or maybe a fun pair of socks or a tutu to add to the fun!

With the fun of the day being to get colored up, there is plenty of it along the way and at the finish line party.  That’s where you’ll want the additional color packs to treat your competitors or friends to an additional burst of color!   Color throws will also happen during the party, every 15 minutes!   So turn those running shoes into dancing shoes and celebrate this exciting day of exercise, friendship and color!

So rather its a quiet, calm, relaxing run or a vibrant, wild and crazy run, its sure to be a great way to start off your weekend!

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