Wednesday, 19 December 2018
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Things to Do in Pasco and Hernando counties starting Nov. 2

This Week’s Highlights

MusicRiverhawk Music Festival: The 18th annual festival gets underway Nov. 8-11 at the Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Rd., on the border of Hernando and Pasco counties, south of Spring Lake and north of Dade City. The event includes more than 20 nationally-touring bands on multiple stages performing country, Americana, rockabilly, Celtic, “newgrass” (progressive bluegrass), roots rock and more. Headliners include Austin-based American band Reckless Kelly and Elizabeth Cook, originally from Wildwood, who performs regularly on the Grand Ole Opry and hosts her own show, “Apron Strings” on SiriusXM Outlaw Country Radio. Other favorites include Mustang Sally and the Hamjos, Dead Winter Carpenters, Eastman String Band, Robbin the Ban, and Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen. There will be dancing, craft exhibitors, music jams, food, activities and a stage dedicated for youth activities. Advance adult daily tickets $25-40; 2-day general admission pass $63, $70 at the gate; youth multi-day general admission $40, $50 at the gate; camping available. Visit, call (863) 984-8445, or email to [email protected]

Navy Band: Tickets go fast for this event featuring the U.S. Navy Band Commodores jazz ensemble, who will perform at 7 p.m. Nov. 5 at Hernando High School’s Performing Arts Center, 700 Bell Ave., Brooksville. Tickets are free, but are limited. Advanced tickets are available at the school. Seating is first-come, first-serve.

Thursday Musicale: The women’s chorus kicks off the first concert of the season at 2 p.m. Nov. 8 at its new venue, First United Methodist Church, 13123 U.S. 19, Hudson. The concert will be a tribute to veterans and first-responders. There is no cost, but donations are appreciated. For details, call Linda at (727) 819-0675.


Nature Coast Seafood Festival: Hosted by the Rotary Club of Spring Hill Central, the event will be 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 3 at Linda Pedersen Park at Jenkins Creek, 6300 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. Includes food trucks, seafood vendors, rubber duck race, live music, dragon boat racing, children’s activities, arts and crafts vendors and a VIP tent. $5 per person, children ages 11 and younger and individuals served by the Arc Nature Coast are free.

Fall Festival: The traditional festival will be 5 to 10 p.m. Nov. 2, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 3 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 4 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 8320 Old C.R. 54, New Port Richey. With carnival games, food trucks, inflatables and entertainment. Free admission.

Feast of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini: The sixth annual feast will be Nov. 8-11 at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 5030 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. Each day will kick off with a procession of the statue of Mother Cabrini. The event will be open from 4 to 10 p.m. Nov. 8, 4 p.m. to midnight Nov. 9, noon to midnight Nov. 10 and noon to 11 p.m. Nov. 11. There will be rides, arts and crafts, food vendors, a boutique, a talent show and free entertainment. Pre-sale armbands are available at the church office for $15. Call (352) 683-9666 or visit

Canterbury Festival: The event will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 3 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 2301 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill. Featuring local vendors, artisans and community partners, along with baked goods, crafts, vintage and costume jewelry, food, raffle, silent auction, Christmas and holiday items, book sale, pet adoption, children’s buying area, and antiques. Proceeds benefit the church’s outreach ministry. Free admission. Call (352) 683-2010.

Ridge Manor Community Methodist Church Fall Festival: The celebration will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 3 at Ridge Manor Community United Methodist Church, 34350 Cortez Blvd., Ridge Manor. Includes arts and craft vendors, food and games. Free admission. Call (352) 608-4022.

HarvestMoon Fun Farm and Corn Maze: Explore the five-acre corn maze from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 4 at HarvestMoon Fun Farm, 15990 Stur St., Masaryktown. Includes a Farm Scene Investigation and a storyline path of Spookley, the Square Pumpkin, along with a 70-foot jumping pillow, pumpkin patch, cow train ride, pedal carts, tree house, mineshaft slide, spinning wizzer, barnyard games, throw footballs and baseballs and shoot hoops in the ball zone, and a candy cannon. Admission is $11.95, ages 2 and younger free. Call (727) 326-3256.

Sweetfields Corn Maze: Take on the corn maze and enjoy hayrides, hay play area, animals, farm fun, human foosball, pumpkins and more at Sweetfields Farm, 17250 Benes Roush Road, Masaryktown. The event continues from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays and Mondays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Nov. 4. Admission is $9.50, $5 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free (no pets allowed). Call (352) 279-0977.


Benefit Wine Tasting and Auction: The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services of Florida hosts the event from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Nov. 2 at Seven Springs Golf & Country Club, 3535 Trophy Blvd., New Port Richey. Entertainment, games and hors d’oeuvres provided. Also, numerous items will be auctioned during the event, including silent auction items and baskets for ticket drawings. Proceeds to benefit programs and services for the deaf and hard of hearing in Pasco and Hernando counties. $30 per person, $50 per couple. Email to [email protected] or call (727) 853-1010.


Stargazing at Starkey Park: Join the Pasco Astronomers Club for a closer look at the night sky from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park, 10500 Wilderness Boulevard, New Port Richey. The club will set up telescopes for viewing (or bring your own) in an open field near the park entrance. Bring lawn chairs and bug spray. Free. Call (727) 255-3083.


The Nightmare Before Christmas: A showing of Tim Burton’s classic animated film will be 7 p.m. Nov. 2 at Veterans Memorial Park, 14333 Hicks Road, Hudson. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Free, with complimentary popcorn available. Call (727) 861-3033. Visit

Pasco Kids First Family Fun Day: A day all about family health and wellness will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 3 at Sims Park, 6341 Bank St., New Port Richey. Includes old fashioned games, interaction with first responders, the Trails and Tales Family Fitness Walk, free bicycle helmets for kids and appearances by Thunder Bug, princesses and super heroes. Free. (727) 967-7509.


Veterans Day Celebration: The event, presented by the First Baptist Church and Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home, will be at 11 a.m. Nov. 3 at First Baptist Church, 6800 Trouble Creek Road, New Port Richey. Speakers include Fred Taylor, who was awarded three purple hearts; Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano; and David VanMeter from James A. Haley Veterans Hospital. A complimentary barbecue lunch will follow the service. Call (727) 845-1957.

Art eventsHobo Hieroglyphics — Art Reaching Out to Help the Homeless: Featuring the works of nationally-acclaimed artist Patrick Stickney continues through Nov. 10 at the Pasco Fine Arts Council Gallery, 4145 Fairford Drive, New Port Richey. The exhibit includes “hobo signs,” signs of communication or graffiti used by homeless and others drifting through America since the Great Depression. The exhibit is a fundraiser to benefit the homeless population in Pasco County. Works are available for purchase; donations are also welcome. Call (727) 845-7322 or visit Art with Needle and Thread: The exhibit of work from the Gulfview chapter of the Embroiderers Guild of America is on display through Dec. 12 at Pasco-Hernando State College Rao Musunuru, M.D. Art Gallery, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. Call (727) 816-3231.

Giving Thanks: The exhibit continues through Dec. 2 at the Uptown Art Gallery at Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville. Mingle with the artists, and enjoy submissions by Just Poets. The gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays; closed on holidays. Free. Call (352) 540-3810.


Other Hernando County events

2 Friday

Trees! Marvelous Trees!: Participants in this Florida-Friendly Landscaping class will learn about trees in the area and what will thrive in their yards. Following the presentation, arborist Ken Morgan will take the class on a walk in the forest around the conservation center. Dress appropriately for walking in the woods. No registration required. 10 a.m. Free. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. (352) 540-6230.

Hernando County Residents Reception: Sponsored by the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce. Meet local officials, and sample food from local restaurants. Discover local merchants and activities. 5 to 8 p.m. Free. Pasco-Hernando State College Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court, Spring Hill. (352) 796-0697.

People Helping People Fundraiser: The event is hosted by the Gamma Xi Master Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. Ticket proceeds benefit People Helping People. Call Lydia for information. 7 to 9 p.m. $15, includes food and entertainment. Marker 48 Brewing, 12147 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 796-6966.

3 Saturday

Club 40 Pylon R/C Air Races: Gates open at 7 a.m.; a pilots meeting is at 9:30 a.m., and races follow. Spectators can watch as pilots race for position to complete 10 laps around two pylons set 600 feet apart. Bring your own chair. Food will be available for purchase. Parking, $3 or $5/carload. Hernando Aero Modelers Field at Cemex Entrance Road, 16301 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Brooksville. (813) 843-4030.

Master Gardener Nursery: Find a large selection of Florida native and Florida-Friendly plants, all from healthy stock, at budget prices, at the nursery open from 9 a.m. to noon, each Wednesday and Saturday, weather permitting. 9 a.m. to noon. Master Gardener Nursery, 19490 Oliver St., Brooksville. (352) 754-4433.

4 Sunday

Brooksville Farmers’ Market: Presented by the Hernando County Growers Association, local farmers and agricultural producers offer fresh produce, meats, poultry and cottage foods as well as prepared foods, desserts, arts and crafts. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Brooksville Farmers’ Market, 615 Old Hospital Drive, Brooksville. (727) 422-3360.

5 Monday

Climate-Wise Landscaping: The Florida Native Plant Society, Hernando Chapter, presents this program that will discuss how a native landscape may be good for the planet. Featuring author and native plant gardener Ginny Stilbolt. The program will feature topics from the book, Climate-Wise Landscaping: Practical Actions for a Sustainable Future, coauthored by Silbolt and Sue Reed. Email to [email protected] 7 p.m.. Chinsegut Hill Retreat, 22495 Chinsegut Hill Road, Brooksville.

7 Wednesday

Master Gardener Nursery: Spruce up a landscape or garden space – find a large selection of Florida native and Florida-Friendly plants, all from healthy stock, at budget prices, at the nursery open from 9 a.m. to noon, each Wednesday and Saturday, weather permitting. 9 a.m. to noon. Master Gardener Nursery, 19490 Oliver St., Brooksville. (352) 754-4433.

PHSC Job and Internship Fair: Job seekers should bring plenty of resumes to meet with local employers and agency representatives with available jobs and internships. Doors open at 9 a.m. 9:30 a.m. to noon. Free. Pasco-Hernando State College Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court, Spring Hill. (352) 797-5174.


Other Pasco County events

2 Friday

Hearing Aid Battery Giveaway: Sertoma Speech & Hearing Foundation of Florida is giving away free hearing aid batteries in sizes 10, 13, 312, and 675, while supplies last. Visit 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Sertoma Speech an