Hernando Untapped 2016


Local breweries, wineries and food trucks converged for the second Hernando Untapped event on the evening of Friday, October 21, 2016. This event is unique for Hernando County as it attracts a younger crowd who typically travel to Tampa for entertainment. The Hernando County Chamber of Commerce did an excellent job organizing the event. Numerous volunteers were available to help vendors and attendees. The Bearded Brothers put on an awesome performance and had the crowd dancing well into the night.

Weekend Preview: October 21- 23, 2016

Hernando Untapped 2015, photo by Hernando County Chamber of Commerce

2016 Hernando Untapped, Craft Beer and Wine Festival

This event takes place Friday October 21st from 6PM to 10PM at American Aviation Flight Academy. It is hosted by the Hernando County Chamber of Commerce and is very popular.

Last year the event drew an enormous crowd. Admission is $25 per person and includes a tasting glass and unlimited samplings of beer, wine and entertainment. You need to pre-purchase a ticket online and bring the print out ticket with you.

Jammin’ for the Kids

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Shadow Ridge performs for the Jammin for the Kids event held on Sunday afternoon at the Lake House.

Jammin’ for the Kids
Kiwanis club of Weeki Wachee set stage for their first annual event, Jammin for the Kids, at the Lake House in Spring Hill Sunday afternoon.
“We have two events a year and we didn’t know what to do so one of the members suggested we have a Jam session.” Sophie Akers said. Sophie Akers is a member of the Kiwanis club of Weeki Wachee and helped put this event together.

Farmers Market in Brooksville to Return July 9th

The Farmer’s Market on Main Street in downtown Brooksville will begin on 07/09/16, according to Parks and Recreation and Facilities Director Mike Walker. The hours of operation will be from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Main Street will be closed in front of the courthouse. Though there are currently only nine vendors, Walker hopes that more will come and states they will be able to accommodate up to 20 vendors in front of the courthouse. As they increase the number of vendors, they will extend the marker further down Main Street.

Camaraderie and Fellowship: Independence Day, Past and Present

Hernando Sun Staff

 4th of July 1819 Philadelphia by John Lewis Krimmel

The painting above by John Lewis Krimmel depicts celebrations in Philadelphia in 1819. Here in Hernando County in the year 2016, much of our celebrations will be similar, with music, jubilation, flags flying high, marches, children playing, political discussions accompanied by food and beverage as well as vendors selling their wares.

History & Mystery at Chinsegut Dinner Benefit

June 18, 2016 – Brooksville, FL – Sixty people arrived at Chinsegut Hill Manor House, gathering on the magnificent wrap-around porch for the evening’s festivities to benefit one of Brooksville’s historic treasures.

The sky was ominous, but Sherry Pedonesi, Friends of Chinsegut Hill’s President, lit up the area with her welcoming smile as she served chilled lemon-infused water to guests. Hors d’ovres, including marinated olives, spicy feta, hummus, mushroom pate and crackers were generously laid out for the first course of this five-course dinner event.

Texas Roadhouse Fundraiser for OrlandoOne

Texas Roadhouse, Waterbury, CT. 7/2014 By Mike Mozart of TheToyChannel and JeepersMedia on YouTube. #TexasRoadhouse

On Monday, June 27, Texas Roadhouse restaurants across Florida invite the public to a fundraiser to benefit the OneOrlando Fund. The fund was created by the City of Orlando to aid the victims and families of the Pulse shooting.

The restaurants will donate ten percent of all food sales that day to OneOrlando.

When: Monday, June 27 4:00 - 10:00 p.m.

The Texas Roadhouse in Brooksville is located at 12935 Cortez Blvd.

5th Annual Autism Fest Continues Tradition of Autism Awareness

The Fifth annual Autism Fest is coming up on June 25th. It began as a school project by Springstead High School student Danish Hasan for his International Baccalaureate Senior project. The festival has grown considerably. Last year there was over 70 vendors and around 600 attendees. Jason Rhodes, the chairman of The Inspire Foundation 501c3, explained that the foundation partnered with the school in order to help build the festival. This year they are hosting the event.

Prepping for July 4th at the Fairgrounds

The Hernando Sun reported in the 05/13/16 edition, the concerns some citizens had about competing county events held the same weekend. It was their opinion that this was detrimental to the success of both the Blueberry Festival and the Hernando County Fair. According to Richard Klimas, of the Hernando County Fairgrounds, this year’s fair exceeded their expectation and attendance was greater than in 2015. For this reason, Klimas expressed appreciation for the support of the Brooksville City Council and the Blueberry Festival for its cooperation.