Antique Shopping

April 18th, 2015

April 17, 2015

Antique Shopping

Dade City, FL

Why not take a drive to the quaint town of Dade City?  Entering the city limits, you have a feel like you have driven back in time with all of their historic buildings and their charming small town feel.  Dade City is a mecca for antique and collectibles shopping, just take a stroll through downtown.   With Its 13 shoppes boasting full of an assortment of treasures,  it’s a pleasant way spend an afternoon or a day!

As you come into town, American Eagle Mall and Cafe is located at 14232 7th St. with its variety of furniture, lighting and crystal.  There is also a small cafe located inside if you’d care to have a cup of coffee or a light bite to eat.  Angel Tea Room & Heavenly Treasures is located just across the way, 37847 Meridian Ave, is another option for charming lunch or a traditional afternoon tea.  It is a delightful indoor garden setting, of course changing its decor with the seasons.

Antiques on the Main Street, 14122 7th St., specializes in country primitive antiques, more practical items such as pie safes, bucket benches and firkins (wooden storage casks). At 14136 8th St, you’ll find Annetta’s Attic which has 22 rooms showcasing antiques, linens, glassware, furniture and other collectibles. They even have a “Man Cave” room, which was created for the men to have a place to find something of their interests like war medals, uniforms and gas masks or Lionel train sets and political buttons.

 At Ivy Cottage Antiques & Wine,14110 7th St, you’ll find a wide variety of books and a special assortment home and garden collectibles.  Voted “Best Antique Store in East and Central Pasco” by the Pasco Tribune this shop is sure to have a treasure for you.  They are also special in the fact that they sell a wonderful collection of wines with tastings, which makes for another relaxing stop.

These are only a few of the fantastic opportunities that Dade City has to offer for a pleasurable outing of antiquing, so come on over and enjoy the day!

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Food Truck Fiesta With a Beat

April 11th, 2015

April 11, 2015

Food Truck Fiesta With a Beat

Weeki Wachee

Friday, April 17th

Gather the family and friends and really GO OUT TO EAT at the Hernando County Food Truck Fiesta With a Beat.  Mark your calendar for Friday, April 17th and join us at the  Weeki Wachee High School, 12150 Vespa Way, from 5:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. as we celebrate food, fun and families! Sponsored by the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce this is sure to be a night of excellent food, enjoyed out under the sky.

Offering over a dozen of the top ranked gourmet Food Trucks, you will be able to choose what continent you want to eat from.  Whether is be South America for a little Venezuelan tastings, European with an Italian fare or North America where there will be selection of American, Cajun or Mexican foods to quench your appetites.

The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce really wanted to get the community involved it this event so this year’s “With a Beat” motto came about when the Hernando County School’s were invited to bring their bands and choruses in for some exposure.  The schools performing are Central High School’s nationally ranked ROTC unit, Challenger K-8 School, Weeki Wachee and Springstead High Schools.

There will be all kinds of special guests for your little ones to meet during the Fiesta, too.  You’ll be able to spot Elsa with all of her Princesses, Ironman, Spiderman, Captain America and even the Spring Hill Power Rangers.  Impersonator Kenn “E” Grube will be entertaining the crowd Elvis style, with his King of Rock and Roll moves.

So grab your lawn chairs, family, friends and neighbors and plan on spending the evening with some amazingly talented students,having some good-old fashioned fun and some amazing food!

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Florida Blueberry Festival

April 3rd, 2015

April 3, 2015 

Florida Blueberry Festival

Brooksville, FL

April 11th & 12th

 

It’s that  time of year again, so come out and have a “berry” good time in historic downtown Brooksville at the Florida Blueberry Festival.  Brooksville is a small town that exemplifies true southern hospitality and  charm. With a population of approximately 8,000, the town is notorious for friendly folks and picturesque surroundings.  We are fortunate to be in an area famous for growing some of the best fruit in the world and Brooksville is the center of 15 Florida counties that grow blueberries. All are participating in this festival to celebrate the spring blueberry harvest.  So join in on the festival and enjoy some of the area’s finest entertainment and artisans nestled around the courthouse lawn, antique and custom cars and trucks lining the streets, food vendors serving up an array of delicacies and of course the festival’s main attraction…..Blueberries!

This family friendly event will be under the shade of the gnarly oak trees on Saturday, April 11th from 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. and on Sunday April 12th from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  There will be plenty for everyone to do, from the exciting Kids Zone, the Blue Mountain zip lining to the Blueberry Theater.  Magic shows, stiltman, entertaining dog shows and The Wiggles, will all be there plus many live musicians!  Admission is $8.00 for adults, $5.00 for children 6 to 17 years old and Children 5 & under are free.

With 3 stages continuously providing entertainment, The Florida Blueberry Festival is sure to get those toes a tapping too!  Opening up at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday will be the sounds of Josh Looman, then The 70’s Band, followed by the high energy Rock  group, The  Bob Hope Band.  The Black Honkeys will take stage at 4:00 p.m. with their R&B, Funk, Soul and Rock and closing out the night will be a tributary band of the Rolling Stone, US Stones.  Sunday will start off with The Bearded Brothers at 11:00 a.m., and their own Brooksville band, Tyler Creek Road,  while the tribal gypsy style belly dancing of Dance Craft’s Rockin’ Gypsy Blues Show following  them.  Little Texas and another local band, Local Harmony will be closing out this rocking festival.

With something for everyone, The Florida Blueberry festival is a great, inexpensive way to spend some quality family time and enjoying Florida’s harvest of blueberries!

 

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Croom 50M/50K/16M Fools Trail Run

March 28th, 2015

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Croom 50M/50K/16M Fools Trail Run

Brooksville, FL

April 4th

Come on, you’ve been putting it off long enough!   It is already the beginning of April!  Your New Year’s resolution was to get out there and exercise more!  Well, on Saturday, April 4th, Brooksville is hosting the Croom Fools Run.  It will take place at Croom which is within the Withlacoochee State Forest, one of the “10 coolest places in North America.”  This event continues to be a winner for everyone who participates.

Consisting of 3 separate races, this run has something for everyone!  If you are in shape and really want a challenge, go for the challenging 50 mile course which starts at 6:00 a.m.  Winding through the scrub oak covered hills, past the creek bottoms and cypress ponds, this 50 mile course follows 3 repeat loops on the Croom Hiking Trail and through some of Florida’s finest terrain.

The 50K, “I’m Not a Fool Run” will be just as stimulating, but compromising of only 2 repeat rounds of the trail.  And of course, the John Holmes 16 Mile Run will just be one brief loop of this amazing trail!  These two start simultaneously at 7:00 a.m.

In its 20th year, the Annual Croom Fools Runs are considered one of the best races in the area.  Friday night, April 3rd, you can pick up your race packets between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at the race hotel, Microtel, located at  I – 75 and S. R. 50 or on Saturday morning at the race start-finish line.

The race has been limited to 300 participants for the 50 Mile and 50K and 150 for the 16 Mile by the Florida Forest Service so don’t be a FOOL and miss out!  Register early as it did sell out last year!

 

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Spring Into Music Fest

March 21st, 2015

March 21, 2015

Spring Into Music Fest

Spring Hill, FL

March 28th

 

Is there any better way to spend a Saturday, than at The Lake House overlooking Hunters Lake?  On Saturday, March 28th, The Lake House will be hosting the 2nd Annual Spring into Music Festival from 2:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.  Located at 1202 Kenlake Drive in Spring Hill,  this wonderful musical festival will be benefitting the Special Olympics Florida-Hernando County athletes and increasing the awareness of Special Olympics Florida.

Featuring the hottest Florida bands and musicians performing all day for this worthy cause, you can really get into the beat. From Bad Boy Elroy, a rock band with hard rock, blues and metal influences, Tommy Roxx, with his southern style of rock and roll, Drive,driving out the rock and roll, Razin Jane, with their eclectic mix of current, classic and alt rock, country and blues to local artists Dan & Dave, Tammie Sue, and Fred & Friends the variety of sounds is going to be vast!   Expecting a large crowd of fun seeking individuals seeking out a day full of entertainment and fun, so grab your lawn chair or a blanket and come sit back, relax and enjoy the music.

There will be a wide variety of food vendors to please your tastebuds, serving delicious food, refreshing soft drinks, cold beer and wine.  The arts and crafts vendor tents are sure entice you into the shopping mood with all of their  perfected goods.  In addition to all of this there is going to be a raffle with cash prizes throughout the day.

There is a $10.00, in advance, admission fee or $12.00 at the gate.  Children ages 12 and under are free.

So pack up your family, grab your neighbor and head on out to the Lake House and enjoy a beautiful Spring day at the Spring into Music Festival and support  the amazing Special Olympics Florida – Hernando County athletes!

 

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Lakewood Retreat’s Golden Jubilee

March 13th, 2015

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Lakewood Retreat’s Golden Jubilee

Brooksville, FL

March 27th & 28th

 

Come out and celebrate Lakewood’s 50th Anniversary with their Golden Jubilee.  On Friday,  March 27th, from 5:00 p.m. until dark and Saturday, March 28th, from 8:00 a.m. until dark, the Lakewood Retreat will be hosting a weekend of some old fashioned family fun.  Located at 25458 Dan Brown Road, Brooksville, the Lakewood Retreat is a Christian camp and conference facility.  They’ll have live music for your to enjoy, along with competitive games, children’s activities, a mud-pit fun, crafts, a scavenger hunt, a silent auction and quilt raffle, lots of great food, and fireworks! This festive weekend is sure to have something for everyone.

Celebrate God’s goodness with the sounds of Walking Roots Band of Harrisonburg, VA. performing on both Friday and Saturday.   Mixing a variety of musical tastes and influences, The Walking Roots Band has settled into a roots-music sound, with instrumentation including different combinations of guitar, mandolin, harmonica, violin, banjo, acoustic bass, and accordion, you are sure to enjoy.

With fun competition like a watermelon carving contest, scavenger hunt and a traditional fishing contest with monetary prizes you are sure to come away a winner.

Spend the night at their lodge, in one of their cabins or you can even camp out if you’d like.  Their three campsite areas are for a mixture of tents, pop-ups and RVs, with two pavilions, a bathhouse and a playground. The RV sites have full hookups, with water and electric close by for the others.  With their beautiful fireworks display each night and their family fun 5K run/walk on Saturday morning at 7:15 a.m., that would be a great way to spend your weekend.

Making memories with your family and friends is what this celebration is all about, so come on out and join in on the 5oth Anniversary fun!

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Savage Race

March 7th, 2015

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Savage Race

Dade City, FL

March 28th

 

By the name of this event, you can tell it is not going to be a regular, clean cut competition.  Well for those of you who are fitness nuts and love to “take it to the next level,”  this race is for you!  This intense 6 ½ mile obstacle run will take place at the beautiful Little Everglades Ranch in Dade City, Florida on Saturday, March 28th. Obstacle course racing (also known as “mud running”) has become a challenging and exciting way to push physical limits and defeat fears. As the sport continues to grow in popularity and magnitude, people varying from weekend warriors, young families, to elite athletes, CrossFit gyms, athletic teams, corporate groups and everyone who is interested in a physical challenge are training for these events.

This event is sure to be a true trial of teamwork and courage.  Attendees motivate themselves to their extreme limits to defeat the 25 world class obstacles, including mud, fire, and barbed wire. Some of the favorite challenges are the Colossus, an enormous 43’ obstacle with a 16’ quarter pipe ramp followed by a freefall water slide; the Davy Jones Locker, a 15’ high dive into a murky pool of water below and the Sawtooth, a 35-foot span of gnarly up-and-down monkey bars requiring tremendous upper body strength.

Kids are really wanting to be a part of this adventurous activity, so they also have a Savage Junior Race.  Their race will feature a ½ mile course with 10-12 junior obstacles laid out on a fun and challenging trek.  It is a great way to get the youth involved and provide them some fun festivities and a memorable day.

Completion of this type of an event requires teamwork, courage, and the will to push your limits farther than you ever have before.  It’s about creating the memory of a lifetime.  Run individually or create a team, but come out to the Savage Race and take the challenge!

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Art in the Park and Pops in the Park

February 28th, 2015

February 28, 2015

Art in the Park and Pops in the Park

Brooksville, FL

March 14th and 15th 2015

 

It’s Springtime, so what a more enjoyable way to spend a day, than out in one of our beautiful parks.  Tom Varn Park at 306 Darby Lane is Brooksville, is a serene, tree filled environment that will host the 31st Annual Art in the Park.  This free Art, Craft and Music Festival will be held on Saturday, March 14th from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and on Sunday, March 15th from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.  Parking is $5.00 donation.

Presented by the Hernando County Fine Arts Council, it is sure to be an outstanding event you don’t want to miss.  There will artist of fine art, crafters and musicians, with over 100 exhibitors.  You are sure to find something special with a wide variety of diverse talents displayed here.  From beautiful paintings, unique wood carvings, crocheted hats, shawls and scarves, handmade baskets from Africa to the county wide student’s Art Pavilion with their designs.  This popular Brooksville festival that is expected to draw over 5000 visitors.

A special performance will be on Saturday by the Hernando Symphony Orchestra.   Some of the finest musical talents in the area are members of this orchestra.  Pops in the Park, will start at 2:30 p.m., so bring your chair, sit under the shaded sky of Tom Varn Park and take in all that this spectacular day has to offer.

The park itself offers a wonderful playground area and with the Festival offering a Kid’s Art Zone with multiple children’s activities, so there is really something for everyone at the weekend event.  They are even going to have a selfie photo contest!  See if you have it in you to come out and win the prize!

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Will McLean Folk Festival

February 19th, 2015

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Will McLean Folk Festival

Brooksville, FL

March 13th – 15th  

 

In Hernando County, there always seems to be something going on!  Friday, March 13th through Sunday, March 15th, the Sertoma Youth Ranch at 85 Myers Road in Brooksville will be hosting the 26th Annual Will McLean Folk Festival.  The inspiration of this festival is the late “Father of Florida Folk,” Will McLean, who wanted to “save Florida through music.” The annual celebration honors the work of Florida’s Troubadour, who wrote songs, stories and poems about his native state. Although Will McLean passed away in 1990, his songs will forever live in the hearts of those who love this “blessed, bloodstained, flowered land.”  A song contest sponsored to help facilitate McLean’s passion.

So come on out and spend the weekend camping at the beautiful Sertoma Youth Ranch, with their full hookups or tent camping and enjoy the sounds of the south.  This is the best Florida acoustical music festival around.  Featuring our own singers and songwriters from right here in Florida, young and old alike.  There will be lots of workshops so bring your banjo, guitar or whatever you enjoy strumming on and participate in the fun.  They are even offering several open mic sessions, so you can even make it up on stage and maybe you’ll be the next winner of their contest.  Storytelling of their cattle farming days on the ranch and poetry will be all apart of this community gathering.

With their wide array of vendors, both food and arts and crafts, there will be  plenty of opportunities for you to take in all of the joys this festival brings in.  From breakfast to supper, catfish to gyros, your palate is sure to be satisfied with all of the choices. The homemade, handcrafted items range from Mary and Mom’s tie dyed apparel to Hopkin’s guitars, there is something here for everyone.

Covered listening areas allow performances rain or shine, so grab your chair and enjoy this soulful tribute to Will McLean and its festival! 

 

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The Weeki Wachee Swamp Fest

February 14th, 2015

February 14, 2015

The Weeki Wachee Swamp Fest

Weeki Wachee, FL

March 6th – 8th, 2015

 

Well, it is that time of year again, yes it is time for the Weeki Wachee Swamp Fest.  Starting on Friday, March 6th and continuing through Sunday, March 8th, it is held at the Weeki Wachee State Park at 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee.  This event began as a small community fundraising festival, designed to appeal to local folks along the Weeki Wachee River and to help support the Weeki Wachee Area Club.  Now in its 21st year, it has become an annual event attracting thousands of fun seeking, craft buying, thrill taking spectators.

The day is sure to be one filled with plenty to do.  From their carnival and all of its ride, to the non stop entertainment of classic rock, country, folk and instrumental musicians.  Plus, the biggest attraction of all is the “Swamp Monster” contest.  This has always been a favorite of the crowd, where participants, adults and children alike don clever and wildly creative costumes for cash prizes.  There will also be over 140 arts and craft vendors to shop from.  And not to be forgotten is their wide variety of “Swamp Food.”  They’ve got gator on a stick, “swamp dawgs”, Cuban sandwiches, Italian sausage, swamp biscuits and gravy, jambalaya, fried green tomatoes,  fresh strawberry sundaes, blooming onions and more! Swamp Fest offers many flavors for the adventurous, particular and everyone-in-between!

It will open on Friday and Saturday at 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 P.m. and on Sunday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. with an $8.00 adult admission at the gate, children 6 – 11 are $4.00 and 5 and under are free. (Cash only.)  Carnival wristbands are $15; individual ride tickets will also be available. Parking and shuttle service is free.  All of the park’s regular attractions will be open, including the famous mermaid shows and river tours. In addition, a special performance of the former mermaids will perform twice, both Saturday and Sunday.

With their unique contests and foods, as well as the variety of vendors, family-friendly activities and entertainment, this is sure to become one of your annual calendar events, too!

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