Out and About

Transition of Florida

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Historic Hernando Perservation Soickety President Don Moses with Dr. Steve Noll (right). Photo by Alice Mary Herden

The Historic Hernando Preservation Society guest speaker Steve Noll, Ph.D. University of Florida held a lecture at City Hall Thursday night. The guest speaker teaches the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, the History of Disability in America, and Florida History at University of Florida. He has published three books: Feeble-Minded in our Midst, Mental Retardation in America, and Ditch of Dreams: The Cross-Florida Barge Canal and the Struggle for Florida’s Future.

Stained Glass Art Studio Makes Intricate Art-form Accessible to All

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Meghan Arns, daughter of Tim and Diane Thomas, standing next to her stained glass art piece entitled "Starry Night"

After spending many years in another business, Tim and Diane Thomas ventured out to follow a love that flourished from a hobby: stained glass art.

When you think of stained glass, images of intricate and skillfully crafted cathedral windows may come to mind. However, the Thomas' are making stained glass art accessible to everyone, by offering a variety of unique classes that start out with the basics.

SciFi and History at Nature Coast Modelers Show

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Model of a horse and carriage at Nature Coast Modelers Show

A diverse group of individuals with a common interest gather twice a year at Dana's Railroad Supply in Spring Hill. They are the Nature Coast Modelers. The group includes architects, custom car builders, a tug boat owner, a pharmacist, contractors and welders. Some are retired, others are still working and some are still in school. Their next gathering is March 26th, 2016 where they will be displaying their completed modeling projects or projects underway.

Hernando County’s Treasure Hunt

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Geocaching, adventure at Weekiwachee Preserve

Do you like hiking, treasure hunting and spending time outdoors with family and friends? Well this is something you can add to your weekend adventure list.

A few weeks back on a hike in the Weekiwachee Preserve, my husband and I found this a green container hidden within a tree trunk. This was very interesting and we had no idea what it was. So upon further investigation, we found out that it was actually a global positioning (GPS) device for geocaching.

Bringing in the New Year at Bourbon Blues House

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Scheller & The Contenders

Matt Griffin, proprietor of Bourbon Blues House, and West Florida native is bringing great food and entertainment to Hernando County.

“I just decided to try something different here in Spring Hill,” said Griffin. He opened the Bourbon Blues House back in late September 2015. Griffin, is a Blues fan as well a Bourbon enthusiast who wanted to bring Hernando County a higher quality of food. “There are a lot of chains around the area,” stated Griffin.

Setting up for the Count Down

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Back in 2001 Jennifer Mclaren first stepped out the Palace Grand as a new bride. Fourteen years later she is now the Business Manager.

Inside you are greeted with a huge buffet. The dining area tables are filled with party hats and assorted party favors. Hundreds of balloons are netted and awaiting for the stroke of midnight to drop from the ceiling. “We have the largest and best selling New Year’s Eve party in all three counties,” Mclaren said.

God and Country at the Countryman One Room Schoolhouse

Countryman One Room School House

Like many Americans during the first half of the 20th century, especially those who lived in rural communities, Gretchen Countryman attended a one room schoolhouse. Siblings years apart in age would learn alongside other children of varying ages in a simple school with just one room. “A one room school house is like a family,” explained Ms. Countryman. She had the privilege of being educated in this manner for 6 years, between 1946 and 1952. Countryman explained that in 1952, schools began to centralize across the country. Her one room schoolhouse days were over by the seventh grade.