Candy Cane Acres

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Tristian, Jaelyn, Ayden and Austin gather around Santa at Candy Cane Acres

BROOKSVILLE- At the Hernando County Fairgrounds, the Fourth Annual Candy Cane Acres began on November 27th and runs through December 17th. Alicia Stanina along with her sister and friends were debating which holiday event to take their kids to last weekend. “This is something simple for the kids,” Stanina said. With the kids gathered around Santa, smiles and laughter ensured them this was the best event for them to attend.

Weeki Wachee Christmas Boat Parade

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

 Weeki Wachee Boat Parade 2015

On Saturday night, Roger’s Park and Bayport Pier was filled to the max with anticipated residents of Hernando County awaiting to view some decked out Christmas boats for the 30th annual Weeki Wachee River Christmas Boat Parade.

Parking was quite a challenge as well as viewing the boats, which unfortunately left many discouraged. I would like to send out a huge “Thank You” to Scott and Kristy Stoker on Tropical Drive for opening their home to me so I was able to capture a couple of photos of this event.

Masaryktown 90th Anniversary Celebration

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Masaryktown 90th Anniversary Celebration, Lauren Dodson

Lauren Dodson, raised in Masaryktown was visiting her father, Larry Dodson, who is acting President of the Masaryktown Community Center back in February. She stumbled upon a foundation sign from a school house that has been long gone.

The sign stated "School founded in 1925." She also remembers a photo that showed around 100 Slovakians with the caption stating, “On December 5, 1925 these Slovaks arrived from New York City.”

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.

Bringing Joy to Families in Need this Holiday Season

By Kelvin Kay, en:user:kkmd [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons

Some Hernando County families in need will be receiving Christmas dinners and toys this year, thanks to the joint efforts of local residents with big hearts. Athena Sanchez and Jessica Cecil of AJLV Events will be hosting a Holiday Shopping Event with Mom & Pop Polarbear Helping Families on Sunday November 29th from 10 am to 4 pm at 10181 N. Broad St in Brooksville. The location will be donated by Christina and Alan Jernigan, owners of Jernigan Towing.

Pitbull Awareness Event to Improve Perception of the Breed

Photography by Beverly Stapleton

Dogs for Heroes

When you examine the breeds that are currently in the Hernando County animal shelter, many are pitbulls. According to Emily Weiss, Vice President of Research and Development for the ASPCA, the American Pit Bull is number 1 on the list of the top ten most common breeds in shelters throughout the US:

Streisand Tribute Opens the Season with Class at Hernando Performing Arts Center

Julie B. Maglio

Simply Streisand Performed by Carla DelVillaggio

On Saturday evening at the Hernando Performing Arts Center, the sophistication and talent of Barbara Streisand graced the stage. It was the season opener for the Hernando Performing Arts Center Guild.

Carla DelVillaggio, Barbara Streisand tribute artist, performed a wide range of Streisand songs with impeccable accuracy. She trained as a lyric soprano and has performed for dignitaries around the world.

Hernando County Kennel Club Annual Fall AKC Dog Show

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Hernando County Kennel Club Annual Fall AKC Dog Show

Hernando County Kennel Club held their 21st and 22nd, All-Breed Dog Shows, Obedience & Rally Trials last weekend Nov. 7th and 8th at the Florida Classic Park in Brooksville.

“We have been showing for eighteen years, we do obedience classes, handling classes,” Cathy Choffey said. Choffey is one of the five members on the Board with Hernando County Kennel Club. “It’s a great place to come and meet the breeders.”

The park filled with a variety of breeds from Affenpinschers to Xoloizcuintli.

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On Mariner in Spring Hill you can see the bright colored flashing lights illuminating the night sky. St. Frances Cabrini kicked off the 3rd Annual Parish Feast in Spring Hill on Thursday night, the start of four days and nights of great entertainment for the whole family.

Jennifer Vitale, her daughter Alea Spiridako and nephew Jay Morse took on the Magic Carpet, while Sabrina Machado, Jason Rodriguez and Josh Lopez, all friends from Spring Hill took a gentler option, The Fun Slide. “It was nice, we had fun,” Machano said.

Classic Car Club Displays Beauty and Restoration

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Sunshine State Muscle Car Club, Fall Fling

Vintage Classic and Full Breed Muscle Cars filled the parking lots at Brooksville Transmissions Inc. and Complete Automotive Care off of Cortez Blvd in Brooksville, Sunday November 8, 2015.

There are a variety of car shows throughout the county, from Brooksville to Weeki Wachee. Recently Sunshine State Muscle Car Club held their Fall Fling Car Show.
Sunshine State Muscle Car Club has two car shows a year, Spring Fling in April and Fall Fling in November. Owners of vintage Fords to current 2015/2016 Dodge and Chevrolet muscle cars display the sleek designs of their ride.


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