Out and About

2019 Swamp Fest mascot chosen

 By SUE QUIGLEY
Hernando Sun Writer

Members of the Weeki Wachee Swamp Fest T-Shirt Contest Committee, led by Audrey Holley,  gathered at the Weeki Wachee Area Club on Shoal Line Boulevard Sept. 29, 2018 to select the winners and runners-up of the annual Swamp Festival mascot contest.

For the 2019 Swamp Fest logo, entries were required to be in black and white, 8.5 x 11 inches in size and to feature a swamp monster and critters in a swamp scene. 
The design also had to be original and not computer generated. 

'Taste of the Fields' set for early November

On Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, the Kiwanis Club of the Brooksville Ridge will hold its annual Taste of the Fields. The event will take place from 3-7 pm at NJoy Spirits Distillery, a beautiful and unique Hernando County destination. 

NJoy Spirits Distillery is situated on 80 acres,  adjacent to the Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area. To gain access to the distillery use the following address: 13243 Commercial Way (US 19 North) Brooksville, FL 34614 or download the printable map at WildBuckWhiskey.com.

Topsail Hill Preserve Part I

Our August camping trip took us to Florida's panhandle and a state park called Topsail Hill Preserve, 10 miles east of Destin.  The park gets its name from the tall sand dunes that rise up to 25 feet--much like a ship's sail.   We had heard a lot about this park from other campers so we wanted to check it out.  The campground is different from the usual system of secluded loops and circles.  Topsail was previously an RV resort so it comes complete with swimming pool, shuffleboard, clubhouse and laundry.  Scattered about are some small lakes or ponds, many walking paths, and a fishing pier. 

See the Real Florida

An early morning surrounded by nature can truly be theraphic for those that love being outdoors and especially kayaking along the Chassahowitzka River.

Sabal palms, Cedar and Oaks trees line the banks of this 5 mile spring-fed river and kayaking is one sure way to not miss any sightings of wildlife that thrives in this amazing Florida habitat.

Words cannot express how beautiful this area is and even though the personal inspiration may be different from one to another, this is the Real Florida.

Lake Louisa

Each month, my husband and I visit one of the many great Florida State Parks. July took us to Lake Louisa State Park, 7 miles south of Clermont on Hwy 27.

It's a beautiful park and well worth the stop whether you are interested in camping or just a nature lover out for a day trip. The park’s rolling hills border the northeast edge of the Green Swamp and the parkland takes in some 4,500 acres. There are 6 lakes and over 23 miles of trails.

12th Annual Stuff the Bus fills local classrooms

Spring Hill, FL – During the weekend of Friday, July 13th – Sunday, July 14th, United Way staff, school teachers, volunteers, and community members came together for Hernando’s 12th Annual Stuff the Bus. There were 807 hours logged by volunteers, this year- over 100 more hours than last year. The volunteers helped by collecting school supply donations at all Publix and Walmart locations in Hernando County. This education initiative brought in over 7,410 lbs of school supplies which stocked over 164 classrooms in 24 schools.

Donations included:

 

• 2,016 Notebooks

Poultry and Pig Pin Ups

From professional tennis coach and European premier league football referee to local high school soccer coach and a successful poultry and pig breeder, Jonathan Stone leads a very busy and interesting life.

Jonathan, who hails from England, has a history of chicken breeding. He previously ran a show chicken company in the 90s in Kent, England so when he came to the US in 2011, he decided to make raising show birds his life’s calling and began breeding Silkies, originally in Tennessee.