36th Annual Thanksgiving Bluegrass Festival

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

The Roys at Sertoma Youth Ranch Thanksgiving Bluegrass Fest 2015

The Sertoma Youth Ranch is hosting their 36th Annual Thanksgiving Bluegrass Festival. It continues through today, November 28th.

The ranch is filled with campers and Bluegrass musicians as well as vendors selling their homemade crafts to fresh squeezed lemonade.
The festival originally started out country, until a promoter by the name of Steve Dittmas moved them into Bluegrass. They’ve kept those committed followers, however the game plan is to bring in the newer generation.

A great opportunity for kids: the Hernando Youth Orchestra

Weeki Wachee - With the cutbacks that public schools are making to music programs, kids are more dependent on the community to provide musical opportunities. One of these opportunities is the Hernando Youth Orchestra. The Youth Orchestra rehearses Sunday afternoons from 3:30pm to 5:00pm at The Heather Community Center, 9100 Nakoma Way, Weeki Wachee, FL. Parents and visitors are welcome at practices.

The Fast 4 Ward Band returns to the Florida Country Superfest

The Fast 4 Ward Band is a local country band with members from Hernando and Pasco. The name of the band is a play on words since there are 4 band members plus Dusty Ward the lead singer and founder. The other four members are Nate Johnson on Bass, Joe Lyons plays Lead Guitar, Vinny Androsiglio provides Rhythm, and Frankie Vanderhoef is on Drums. The Band has been around for 4 years.