Out and About

Teens give phenomenal performance in Legally Blonde Jr. - The Musical

photography by Debbie Hagland

Stage West’s production of Legally Blonde Jr was absolutely amazing. If I didn’t have prior knowledge that the cast was comprised mainly of teenagers, I wouldn’t have believed it. Not only was the acting superb, but the choreography was spectacular and dancing was flawless. Director Jennifer Vilardi of Hernando Performing Arts Academy definitely knows what she’s doing!

Becky Jack’s Food Shack

Photography by Rocco Maglio

Becky Jack’s Food Shack is a restaurant that is often mentioned by locals as a place you must try. It is on Cortez Boulevard past Weeki Wachee Springs State Park on the way to Bayport.

The restaurant is on the south side of the road and is easily spotted because of their brightly colored sign and pink and yellow car with a surfboard on top and Becky Jack’s painted on the side.

Theatre companies bring performing arts to local area

Photography by Dale MacKeown

Are you looking for something to do in the upcoming year? How about heading to the theatre and supporting a local production?

Local theatre companies are an important element to the vitality and vibrancy of a community. Theatre brings a number of people together to work towards a common goal. It allows local artists (whether they are actors, set or prop designers, or writers) to showcase their talent. Supporting local theatre is a great way to be involved in the community and support your area’s local artists!


Consignment shopping extravaganza at the fairgrounds

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Happy Happy Hippos, Consignment shopping extravaganza at the fairgrounds

Consignment shopping extravaganza at the fairgrounds

Cindy McWilliams, owner of Happy Happy Hippos, along with her mom started a consignment venue in Tampa but outgrew that space and moved to the Hernando County Fairgrounds in Brooksville back in 2009.

New Art & Culture Column

Photograph by Elizabeth Dentato

Art is something that everyone seems drawn to. Whether the art is a piece of poetry, music, fashion, photography, architecture, film making, dance, drawing, jewelry making, or painting, it impacts us all as human beings. We can be made to feel inquisitive, angered, moved, saddened, excited, happy, nostalgic, or any combination of these, simply by being presented with a piece of art.

Theatrical Makeup and Hair Workshop

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Theatrical Make-Up and Hair Workshop_ Ramaad Morris showing the students the proper way to put eyeliner on for stage performances.

Theatrical Makeup and Hair Workshop

There are kids that dream of being an actor or actress on stage. Learning lines and roles are challenging, however learning the essentials of stage makeup is just as important.

Ramaad Morris has been around musical theater acting all his life. Now he teaches workshops and performs live on stage at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Club Villain.

Painting with a Twist: A masterpiece of your own.

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Painting with a Twist Artists- Autum Proctor- Racheal Ford _ Aurelia Piliouras (owner)_ Samantha Rispoli

Painting with a Twist: A masterpiece of your own.

For some, art is a way of therapy as well as an escape to grasp one’s own individual creativity.

At Painting with a Twist there are no rules and no intimidating terminology or techniques for the novice artist, it is a place where people can get together and enjoy creating art with a glass of wine.

The Spring Hill location opened in April of 2016 and has blossomed into a “got to do” activity for Hernando County residents.

All Aboard the Trackless Train

Recently we saw the Trackless Train at the Autism festival at Springstead High School. It is available for rent for private parties at $150 for the first hour and $100 for each additional hour. The train also comes with a conductor.

The owners of the trackless train, Breanna and Michael Summerfeld, first saw a trackless train at a birthday party. The Summerfelds saw this as a business opportunity and after a couple of years of research decided to run their very own trackless train.


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