Out and About

'Sound bites' on Live Oak's "The Little Mermaid"

From Randi Olsen, Little Mermaid Music Director and LOT Artistic Director:

I’ve been in love with the characters, the melodies & the incredible orchestrations of The Little Mermaid since the original film came out when I was a teenager.  It was one of the first films I saw that really married the modern American musical theater genre to the screen and I’ve been obsessed with it ever since!  

Just another weekend in Hernando County: Racing Cardboard Boats and Weiner Dogs

Over in Hernando Beach, the races were on Saturday Oct. 12, 2019. Cardboard boat races that is.  They don’t go too fast, but sometimes the paddlers can get a good clip going.  It’s certainly entertaining to watch the creatively designed homemade boats race around the Gulf canal at Hernando Beach Marina.  A little further inland, a different sort of racing was taking place involving dogs- no not the type that Florida voters banned last November.  It was Marker 48’s annual Wiener Dog Races, but they didn’t discriminate as all types of dogs were given a chance to show their speed.

Bruce Katz, 2019 BMA winner, plays Camping with the Blues Oct. 18

2019 BMA WINNER BRUCE KATZ 'GET YOUR GROOVE'  TOUR WITH THE BRUCE KATZ BAND

Performs Locally: CAMPING WITH THE  BLUES - Friday, Oct. 18

"The man is as good as it gets. One of the greatest keyboard artists I've ever heard!" -  John Hammond

"Katz cooks up a brilliant marriage of blues, jazz, gospel, and soul." - Jazz Times

“He can play jazz, blues, Bach, anything. Man, he’s a heavy!”

- Gregg Allman 

Pythons Pushing North, Part II

Last week I was telling you folks about the northern spread of the Burmese Python in Florida and how in recent weeks they’ve been popping up in some really, unexpected places.  Since my last column, two different presumably wild pythons, as they wore no microchip, were captured near Orlando and Miami; one a ball python and the other an Indian red-tail. Things are definitely a bit wilder out there in our wilds these days!

Harbor Lights Restaurant & Lounge

Harbour Lights Restaurant & Lounge is a quaint little restaurant with a beautiful view of Lake Panasoffkee with impressively large cypress trees lining the embankment.

Harbour Lights is a great example of ‘old Florida’ and not much has changed in the past 30 years including the prices. An old Daily Sun article hangs on the wall and mentions that their buffet price is $13.95.  Today it is still $13.95.   

An event to flip for

The band plays their heart out, children dance, partake in games of tag and tumble in the grass.  Older couples slow dance, folks walk with their family dog on a leash (or in a stroller if they are of a small and fluffy persuasion.)  

Building connections and community is at the heart of Brooksville Main Street's monthly Friday Night Live event.  The simple joys of life in a small town are on display every second Friday of the month in downtown Brooksville.   

Time running out to get your Cash Bash tickets

Only 3 more days including today for you to get your Cash Bash Tickets.  August 9th is the deadline to get your tickets. NO tickets will be sold at the door the day of the event.  One $100 ticket gets you two dinners or one $75 ticket gets you one dinner and a chance to win $10,000 on Saturday, August 17, 2019.  The last ticket drawn will be the winner of the $10,000.  Only 450 tickets will be sold for the event.

Birthday Gifts for Charity

As many of us get older, birthdays no longer have the same excitement as they once held in early childhood years. The excitement of waiting for our birthdays and the 'must-have' presents has faded. We know longer have to wait for our birthday for something we want. Our friends and family like to acknowledge our birthday and few enjoy showing up at a party empty-handed, so gathering donations for charity is an exemplary use of your birthday.