Out and About

Food, Potent Potables and Music – A Recipe for Fun at Hernando Untapped Festival

Despite the damp chilly weather, an enthusiastic crowd turned out to sample beer, wine and other “potent potables” at the Greater Hernando Chamber’s fifth annual Untapped Craft Beer and Wine Festival. The event took place on Friday, Nov. 15 at the American Aviation property at the airport. People dressed in warm coats, boots and hats started filing in at 5:00 p.m. 

Take Me to the River

This fun little food shack may be in the middle of nowhere, but the fact remains, it is completely a “must go” for any Hernando County eatery aficionado. Let me share with you the food joint that gives new meaning to the word “dive.”

The Riverside Restaurant is in Nobleton, about 20 minutes outside of Brooksville: 29250 Lake Lindsey Rd, Nobleton, FL 34661.

Appalachian Road Show set to appear at SYR in Brooksville


The Appalachian Road Show is excited to come back to Sertoma Youth Ranch again this year! They’re wrapping up their second album in their Nashville Studio but they had time to stop by and visit again! 

Their Grammy-Nominated Fiddler, Jim VanCleve, graciously took the time to have an interview with us. 

Here is his interview and unique story he shared with reporter, Jessica Williams.  


'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


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.