Nature Coast Art League funds awards for students

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When the Nature Coast Art League appears at the Hernando County Fine Arts Council's “Art in the Park,” Saturday, March 14th, and Sunday, March 15th, at Tom Varn Park in Brooksville, the league will bring a beautiful, large-scale art display; hundreds of dollars in prize money for student artists; and the spirit of a member who--even in death--continues to help and inspire through her art.  

Arts Council Grant Profile 2: Hernando Symphony Orchestra

By Megan Hussey
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For 37 years, the Hernando Symphony Orchestra has brought an exquisite variety of live popular music to the people of Hernando County. And with the help of a $300 Community Arts Grant from the Hernando County Fine Arts Council (, they are one step--and one note--closer to finding a permanent home.

Art in the Park Artist Contest Winners Announced

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An ethereal mermaid floats gracefully in the sea, holding a bowl of tangerines as she gestures lithely toward signposts leading the way to five Hernando communities. This portrait, Weeki Wachee Mermaid, captures life in Hernando County--and has been named the inaugural winner of the Hernando County Fine Arts Council Art in the Park Artist Contest. 

New Community Concert Band Forming

As a retired school band director with 40 years of experience in the Chicago suburban area and a performer in the Suncoast Symphony Orchestra and Nature Coast Concert Band, Weeki Wachee resident Mark Hengesh had a single goal in mind: to bring the music home.

"You might have to go as far as Clearwater and Crystal River to find a community concert band," said Hengesh. "There was no concert band in Hernando."

Improv Night and Mermaid Princess Tea to support Live Oak Conservatory

As a student in Esprit Herbert's improv class at Live Oak Conservatory, 15-year-old Christopher Alexander feels that he has learned a lot more than acting skills from his experience in the class, which teaches the art of improv; a dramatic artform described in a Live Oak press release as "the activity of making or doing something not planned beforehand, using whatever can be found. Improvisation in the performing arts is a very spontaneous performance without specific or scripted preparation."

High School Marching Bands Have Reason To Toot Their Horns

As the year draws to a close, many Hernando schools are singing the praises of their band programs--all of whom played, marched and sang their way to an impressive collection of awards and honors in a myriad of competitions.

At Weeki Wachee High School, the Sound of the Hornets band won first place in division 2A, second place overall, and best color guard at the Panther Pride Invitational Marching Band Festival.